World Happiness Report 2024

World Happiness Report 2024

  • India’s Rank: India ranked 126th, the same as last year, in the World Happiness Report 2024.
  • Top Countries: Finland, Denmark, and Iceland secured the top spots.

Significance of the Report:

  • The report’s ranking is based on various factors such as GDP per capita, social support, life expectancy, freedom, generosity, and levels of corruption.
  • It highlights the importance of subjective well-being and factors beyond economic indicators in determining a nation’s happiness.

Trends in Happiness:

  • Nordic countries maintain top positions, with Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, and Norway consistently ranking high.
  • United States and Germany did not make it to the top 20 for the first time.
  • Costa Rica and Kuwait entered the top 20.
  • Younger generations generally report higher levels of happiness, but there are regional variations.
  • Central and Eastern Europe saw a significant rise in happiness across all age groups, while in North America, Australia, and New Zealand, happiness among individuals under 30 declined, leading to older generations reporting higher levels of happiness.

Top Ranking of Countries:

    1. Finland
    2. Denmark
    3. Iceland
    4. Sweden
    5. Israel
    6. Netherlands
    7. Norway
    8. Luxembourg
    9. Switzerland
    10. Australia
    11. Costa Rica
    12. Kuwait
    13. Germany
    14. United States
    15. Austria
    16. United Kingdom
    17. New Zealand
    18. Canada
    19. Ireland
    20. Belgium

Reasons for Happiness in Finland:

  • Strong bond with nature and well-maintained work-life balance.
  • Realistic perception of success, not solely linked to financial prosperity.
  • Robust welfare system, trust in governmental institutions, minimal corruption levels, and accessibility to free healthcare and education.
  • Key Factors for Finland’s Happiness:

    • Strong bond with nature
    • Well-maintained work-life balance
    • Realistic perception of success
    • Robust welfare system
    • Trust in governmental institutions
    • Minimal corruption levels
    • Accessibility to free healthcare and education


  • The World Happiness Report highlights the importance of factors beyond economic indicators in determining a nation’s happiness.
  • It also emphasizes the need for countries to focus on social support, healthcare, education, and work-life balance to improve overall well-being.

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