Pakistanis more happy than Americans and Indians: US survey

PakistanPakistanis are more happy about their lives than Indians and Americans, a freshly released survey has revealed. Costa Rica is ranked as the happiest nation followed by Vietnam and Colombia. The Happy Planet Index 2012 has rated Pakistan 16th among 151 nations, ahead of both India and the US which ranked 32nd and 105th, respectively. The nations which landed at the bottom of the Happiness Index were mainly from Sub-Saharan Africa.

The HPI is calculated using life expectancy, well-being and environmental footprint of the nations with data collected from different sources including UNDP and Gallup. The life expectancy and experienced well-being of Pakistan was found to be average, but the ecological footprint was called “good”. The total HPI of Pakistan was considered at 54.1.

India showed average life span and well-being but a decent environmental footprint, with 50.9 total HPI. The United States scored low due to the environmental footprint, which was more serious than the “poor” category. The life span and well-being were, however, rated “good”. Israel landed just one place above Pakistan, with “good” life span and well-being, but a “poor” environmental footprint.

Bangladesh was higher on the scale at 11, with the first 2 factors called mediocre and the footprint as “good”.

Happiest nations in the world (score):

1. Costa Rica (64.0)

2. Vietnam (60.4)

3. Colombia (59.8)

4. Belize (59.3)

5. El Salvador (58.9)

6. Jamaica (58.5)

7. Panama (57.8)

8. Nicaragua (57.1)

9. Venezuela (56.9)

9. Guatemala (56.9)

11. Bangladesh (56.3)

12. Cuba (56.2)

13. Honduras (56.0)

14. Indonesia (55.5)

15. Israel (55.2)

16. Pakistan (54.1)

16. Argentina (54.1)

16. Albania (54.1)

19. Chile (53.9)

20. Thailand (53.5)

Saddest countries in the world:

132. Benin (31.1)

133. Tanzania (30.7)

134. Democratic Republic of the Congo (30.5)

134. Burundi (30.5)

136. Trinidad and Tobago (30.3)

137. Guinea (30.0)

138. Luxembourg (29.0)

139. Sierra Leone (28.8)

140. Macedonia (28.3)

141. Togo (28.2)

141. South Africa (28.2)

143. Kuwait (27.1)

144. Niger (26.8)

144. Mongolia (26.8)

146. Bahrain (26.6)

147. Mali (26.0)

148. Central African Republic (25.3)

149. Qatar (25.2)

150. Chad (24.7)

151. Botswana (22.6) — AGENCIES

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