In a survey conducted by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Thailand nabbed the 33rd spot on the happiest countries in the world out of the 156 countries included in the survey.
In the said survey Denmark placed first while Burundi was the least happy.
Thailand climbed up from its ranking last year which was 34th. Among ASEAN countries, Thailand is second place with Singapore grabbing the top spot and ranking 22nd in the happiest countries in the world.
The report on the World’s happiest countries was released on Wednesday and published in the fourth issue of the World Happiness Report. Based on a New York Times report, the study was conducted by an international body composed of social scientists that were convened by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon. The panel was made up of public health experts, economists and psychologists. The ranking of the word’s happiest countries is based on Gallup’s global poll.
The findings, however, don’t represent the United Nations’ formal views although the network has existing ties with the organization Sustainable Development Goals that it adopted earlier on September with several aims including the eradication of hunger and poverty by the year 2030 to save the world from climate change and its devastating consequences.
Among the biggest reasons for unhappiness based on the survey is inequality and this is apparent in countries considered rich such as the United States where the income disparity, wealth distribution, well-being and healthcare needs have been a primary cause of political discontent.
Denmark reclaimed the top spot on the list and it was also first in the 2012 and 2013 report although Switzerland was #1 last year. This year Switzerland occupied the #2 spot followed by Iceland, Norway and Finland. Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden rounded up the top 10 list of the world’s happiest countries.
For the 10 year period from 2005 to 2015, the country that experienced the largest drop is Greece which reflects the country’s economic crisis that started in 2007.