Published:  12:00 AM, 21 March 2017

Bangladesh 110th happiest country

Bangladesh has been ranked as the 110th happiest country among 155 countries in the world, according to a new report released yesterday.   Norway, in the report, replaced Denmark as the world's happiest country. The Nordic nations are the most content, according to the World Happiness Report 2017 prepared by the Sustainable Develop-ment Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative launched by the United Nations.

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa, along with Syria and Yemen, are the least happy of the 155 countries ranked in the fifth annual report released at the United Nations. "Happy countries are the ones that have a healthy balance of prosperity, as conventionally measured, and social capital, meaning a high degree of trust in a society, low inequality and confidence in government," Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the SDSN and a special advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General, said in an interview. The aim of  the report, he added, is to provide another tool for governments, business and civil society to help their countries find a better way to wellbeing.

Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden rounded out the top ten countries. South Sudan, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Central African Republic were at the bottom.

Germany was ranked 16, followed by the United Kingdom (19) and France (31). The United States dropped one spot to 14. The World Happiness Report 2017 was released by the United Nations on the International Day of Happiness. It is the fifth such report since the first was published in 2012.

-AA News Desk  

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