Saudi Arabia ranks first in the Arab world and 21st globally in the World Happiness Report 2021, issued by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
The report focused on measuring the effects of COVID-19 on the global quality of life and measures the happiness index in 149 countries around the world.
Finland has been ranked as the happiest country in the world. The Nordic nation is followed by Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany and Norway.
The United States of America jumped four spots to No. 14 this year, from No. 18 in 2020, while Canada fell to No. 15 this year. The United Kingdom fell five spots from 2020 to No. 18, while Germany rose ten spots to No. 17.
India ranked 139th, Pakistan is on 105th, Bangladesh on 101st and China on 84th. People in war-torn Afghanistan are the most unhappy with their lives, followed by Zimbabwe (148), Rwanda (147), Botswana (146) and Lesotho (145).
The happiness study ranks the countries of the world on the basis of questions from the Gallup World Poll. The results are then correlated with other factors, including GDP and social security.