Kuwait landed on the 41st spot with a score of 6.239 in the World Happiness Report 2016 released Wednesday. Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University prepared the report while Gallup, Inc provided data used in the preparation of the report.
In 2013, Gallup changed from face-to-face interviewing to telephone surveying (both cell phone and landline) in Malaysia, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Iraq.
Gallup also used English as a language of interview in addition to Arabic in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain in an effort to reach the large, non-Arab expatriate population. On the ranking of other GCC countries, the UAE landed on the 28th spot with a score of 6.573 followed by Saudi Arabia which ranked 34th with a score of 6.379, Qatar on the 36th spot with a score of 6.375, Bahrain ranked 42nd with a score of 6.218. Meanwhile, Denmark overtook Switzerland as the world’s happiest place, according to a report on Wednesday that urged nations regardless of wealth to tackle inequality and protect the environment.
The report, prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, showed Syria, Afghanistan and eight sub-Saharan countries as the 10 least happy places on earth to live. The top 10 this year were Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden.
Denmark was in third place last year, behind Switzerland and Iceland. The bottom 10 were Madagascar, Tanzania, Liberia, Guinea, Rwanda, Benin, Afghanistan, Togo, Syria and Burundi.
The United States came in at 13, the United Kingdom at 23, France at 32, and Italy at 50. “There is a very strong message for my country, the United States, which is very rich, has gotten a lot richer over the last 50 years, but has gotten no happier,” said Professor Jeffrey Sachs, head of the SDSN and special advisor to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
While the differences between countries where people are happy and those where they are not could be scientifically measured, “we can understand why and do something about it,” Sachs, one of the report’s authors, told Reuters in an interview in Rome. “The message for the United States is clear. For a society that just chases money, we are chasing the wrong things. Our social fabric is deteriorating, social trust is deteriorating, faith in government is deteriorating,” he said.
Source: Arab Times