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Thailands Ranking in the World Happiness Report Has Improved

18 April 2017 (Readers 1499)

 
Thailand ranks 32nd in the World Happiness Report 2017, issued by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN), which ranks 155 countries by their happiness levels.
 
It jumped from the 33rd place in the World Happiness Report 2016 among 156 countries, as they began to pursue the Sustainable Development Goals. Government Spokesman Lieutenant General Sansern Kaewkumnerd said that Thai people should take pride in the improvement of Thailands ranking and join hands in creating a favorable atmosphere to move the country forward.
 
Among ASEAN countries in the ranking of happiness, Thailand comes second after Singapore. It ranks third among Asian countries, after the United Arab Emirates and Singapore. Norway tops the global happiness rankings. Coming second is Denmark, while Iceland ranks third and Switzerland comes fourth.
 
This year the World Happiness Report gives special attention to the social foundations of happiness, including happiness in the workplace. Among key variables used to explain average happiness across countries are real GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy at birth, freedom to make life choices, generosity, and perceptions of corruption.
 
The Government Spokesman quoted the Prime Minister as saying that the Government has been doing its best to make Thai people happy. For instance, better care has been given to low-income earners. The Government has laid out the 20-year National Strategy and carried out national reform to achieve the goal of "stability, prosperity, and sustainability.
 
This strategy serves as a guideline to pull Thailand out of the middle-income trap and develop it as a high-income country. The Government has also worked out mechanisms for transparency in the public sector.
 
He said that the Prime Minister had called for cooperation from the people in creating a favorable atmosphere for Thailand to move forward, as well as building the international communitys confidence in all aspects of the countrys progress.
 
According to a report in the Bloomberg Misery Index 2017, Thailand has been rated the "least miserable economy, or the "happiest economy in the world for three consecutive years. Coming after Thailand in the list of the least miserable economies is Singapore, followed by Switzerland, Japan, Iceland, Taiwan, Denmark, Israel, and South Korea.
 
Bloomberg's misery index comprises 65 countries and is calculated by combining the forecasts for a country's rate of inflation and unemployment.
 
 
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