Saudi climbs up in 2022 World Happiness Report; Ranks 25th globally

By Amirtha P S, Desk Reporter
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Saudi Arabia has advanced to the 25th position globally in the annual World Happiness report 2022, despite the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Kingdom was ranked 26th in last year’s report.

The indicators measured by the report reflects the Kingdom’s steady progress in the ranking of the happiest nations since 2017, in light of the progress in attaining the goals of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030, and its flexible capabilities to adapt to the requirements of the development of quality of life in its various sectors.

The Kingdom excelled in terms of gross domestic product (GDP), social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life decisions, in addition to generosity and confronting corruption.

Saudi Arabia had solidified social support projects and adopted economic programs that contributed to overcoming the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, as these efforts contributed to the Kingdom’s progress in the happiness index worldwide.

The World Happiness Report, now in its 10th year, is based on people’s own assessment of their happiness, as well as economic and social data. It assigns a happiness score on a scale of zero to 10, based on an average of data over a three-year period.

Published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), the report annually measures happiness indicators for about 150 countries around the world. This year the report ranked only 146 countries.

In the 10th edition of the World Happiness Report, the top three positions were won by Scandinavian nations with Finland leading the rankings for the fifth time in a row, followed by Denmark and Iceland in the second and third places, respectively. The fourth rank was secured by Switzerland and the Netherlands bagged fifth.

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