Pakistan becomes the happiest nation in South Asia while India slipped down to bottom 10 in the World

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Pakistan becomes the happiest nation in South Asia while India slipped down to bottom 10 in the World

*KARACHI: **Pakistanis become the happiest nation in South Asia while India slipped down to bottom 10 in the World.*

Pakistan has jumped up a spot from last year to become the 66th happiest country in the world, according to the latest edition of the United Nations World Happiness Index for the year 2020.

The Islamic Republic is also the happiest country in South Asia followed by Maldives at 87th, Nepal 92nd and Bangladesh on the 107th spot.

However, arch-rival India slipped to 144th position among the bottom 10 on the global ranking this year as compared to the 140th spot it secured last year.

The global report, unveiled on the International Day of Happiness, took into account various factors from freedom, opportunities, generosity and trust to social, urban and natural environments to determine happiness scores, life evaluation and overall well-being of 153 states over the period of two years.

The report covers data till 2019 and is therefore not impacted by restrictions placed by countries to control the spread of novel coronavirus that has affected over 185 countries so far.

The European countries once again dominated the top spots with Finland becoming the world’s happiest country for the third year in a row followed by Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and the Netherlands.