World Happiness Report 2023: Malaysia still ‘happier’ than China but again, not as ‘happy’ as Singapore


10 New Zealand
12 Australia
25 Singapore
55 Malaysia
64 China


Singapore and Taiwan rank among happiest countries in Asia

Michelle De Pacina

Wed, 22 March 2023 at 5:45 am MYT

Singapore and Taiwan are among the happiest countries in East Asia, according to the 2023 World Happiness Report released by the United Nations (U.N.) Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Released on Monday, the report was compiled based on global survey data from people in more than 150 countries and territories to measure happiness based on average life evaluations over a three-year period.

In this case, the intergovernmental organization considered seven factors from the year 2020 to 2022: GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity, perceptions of corruption and dystopia.

The top 10 happiest countries in the world, in order, are Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Israel, the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Luxembourg and New Zealand, while the least happiest are Zambia, Tanzania, Comoros, Malawi, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Lebanon and Afghanistan.

Finland claimed the title for the sixth year in a row, while war-torn Afghanistan remains the unhappiest nation since 2020.

As for Asian countries, Singapore ranked as the 25th happiest country in the world, followed by the United Arab Emirates at 26 and Taiwan at 27.

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