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Government unveils key strategies to boost happiness in Kuwait

Supporting cultural, sports, and tourism in Kuwait boosts job creation, economic diversification, and equitable job opportunities through accountable spending.

Kuwait ranked ninth globally for the freedom of its people in making life decisions, surpassing major countries like Britain and France.

Kuwait was placed 32nd globally in terms of health life expectancy and was ranked 33rd globally for the generosity of its people.

Despite Kuwait’s excellent performance on the Global Happiness Index, where it ranked first in the Arab and Gulf regions in 2024, a government report has recommended several measures to further boost happiness in the country in the coming years.

The report, issued by the National Observatory for Sustainable Development and Future Anticipation (NOSD), indicated the following steps and procedures to enhance happiness in Kuwait.

  1. Supporting cultural, recreational, sports, and tourism activities contributes directly to job creation, economic diversification, enhancing Kuwait’s global standing, improving citizens standard of living, and elevating quality of life.
  2. Effectively promoting a culture of accountability and transparency across various facilities and sectors is crucial.
  3. Government spending, improving the harmonization of public budgets and fiscal policies in the country to reduce inequalities, and create equitable and accessible jobs for all.
  4. Ensuring the enjoyment of all public services for everyone in the country and achieving quality, comprehensive, and integrated service coverage.
  5. Developing a national strategy to finance the health and education sectors sustainably and increasing investments in them.
  6. Re-evaluating educational and technical curricula and developing new specializations aligned with the needs of the labor market.
  7. Developing training and professional development methods to enhance workers’ performance in state sectors, build national capacities, and improve competencies.
  8. Developing relevant performance indicators to ensure the quality and efficiency of government services.
  9. Enacting laws and legislation to address dysfunction and achieve demographic balance for social, economic, and functional security.
  10. Strengthening the rule of law, integrity, and anti-corruption measures, protecting judicial systems, and enhancing their strength and independence.

World Happiness Index

The 2024 World Happiness Index, issued by the United Nations, aims to measure the levels of happiness and well-being in various countries worldwide. It takes into account several factors such as social support, income, health, freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption. The index reflects the quality of life in over 143 countries and assesses the impact of social, urban, and natural environments on people’s satisfaction within their countries.

The World Happiness Index 2024, issued by the United Nations, aims to measure the level of happiness and well-being in various countries of the world, taking into account a number of factors, including social support, income, health, freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption. It also reflects the quality of life in more than 143 countries, and the impact of the social, urban and natural environment on the satisfaction of peoples within their homelands.

Kuwait ranks 13th on the World Happiness Index

The State of Kuwait has been ranked 13th on the World Happiness Index, securing the top spot in the Arab world. This ranking was influenced by several key components, outlined as follows:

  • Kuwait ranked ninth globally for the freedom of its people in making life decisions, surpassing major countries like Britain and France.
  • The country secured the 17th spot worldwide in the GDP per capita index and in terms of social support and ranked 41st globally.
  • Kuwait was placed 32nd globally in terms of health life expectancy and was ranked 33rd globally for the generosity of its people.
  • Regarding the absence of corruption, Kuwait ranked 46th globally.


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