World Happiness Index
By Tharanya Arumugam – March 19, 2022 @ 2:24pm
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has climbed 11 places to 70th in the annual World Happiness Report by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
The country had been observing a drop in happiness level over the last four years, from being ranked the 35th happiest nation in 2018, plummeting to the 80th spot in 2019, 82nd in 2020 and 81st in 2021.
The 2022 World Happiness Report, now in its 10th year, was released on Friday, ahead of the International Day of Happiness on March 20.
The scores and ranking were generated from a three-year-average of data collated between 2019 and 2021. It is based on the people’s own assessment of their happiness, as well as economic and social data.
Malaysia, this time around ranking 70th of 146 countries surveyed, scored 5.711 in the measure for life evaluation in the 2022 report, up from 5.384 in 2021.
In Southeast Asia, Singapore secured the top spot as the happiest nation, ranking 27. This was followed by the Philippines (60th place), Thailand (61), Vietnam (77), Indonesia (87), Laos (95), Cambodia (114) and Myanmar (126).
Taiwan ranked 26th, China was at the 72nd spot, Hong Kong at 81, Sri Lanka at 127 and India at 136.