Saudi Arabia Ranked 3rd Happiest Country in the Mena Region

According to a new UN report, Saudi Arabia has jumped up the rankings of the world’s happiest countries,

The Kingdom is now 28th out of 156 countries included in the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s 2019 World Happiness Report, which was published on Wednesday.

3rd Happiest Country in the Middle East and Africa

Saudi Arabia climbed five places compared to 2018 and is now the third happiest country in the Middle East and Africa, with just Israel and the UAE in front.

Finland topped the rankings for the second year in a row, with other Nordic countries taking the leading spots along with the Netherlands and Switzerland. The United States ranked in 19th place.

Pakistan is ranked 67th, Bangladesh 125th, India 140th and China is placed at 93rd, according to the report.

South Sudan came last with Yemen and Syria the Arab countries making up the bottom 10.

The list ranks countries according to things such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption.

The top countries:

1. Finland

2. Denmark

3. Norway 

4. Iceland

5. Netherlands

6. Switzerland

7. Sweden

8. New Zealand

9. Canada

10. Austria