Iraq Ranks 112th in World Happiness Report

By John Lee.

Iraq has ranked 112th out of 158 countries in the latest World Happiness Report.

The report, produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), contains analysis from leading experts in the fields of economics, neuroscience, national statistics, and describes how measurements of subjective well-being can be used effectively to assess national progress.

The report is edited by Professor John F. Helliwell, of the University of British Columbia and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research; Professor Richard Layard, Director of the Well-Being Programme at LSE’s Centre for Economic Performance; and Professor Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute and SDSN.

Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, said:

“This report gives evidence on how to achieve societal well-being. It’s not by money alone, but also by fairness, honesty, trust, and good health. The evidence here will be useful to all countries as they pursue the new Sustainable Development Goals.”

Top of the list of happiest countries were:

  1. Switzerland
  2. Iceland
  3. Denmark
  4. Norway
  5. Canada

... while at the bottom were:

  1. Rwanda
  2. Benin
  3. Syria
  4. Burundi
  5. Togo

The full report can be downloaded here.

(Source: World Happiness Report)

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