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Laos placed 110th on UN’s ranking of world’s happiest nations

Laos has been placed 110th out of 156 countries in the United Nations’ ranking of the world’s happiest nations, coming in behind several other Asean countries.
The 2018 World Happiness report unveiled recently ranked countries on six key variables including GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption.
Finland has overtaken Norway to become the happiest nation on earth, according to the report which was prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations.
According to a report in The Guardian, Finland has been ranked the most stable, the safest and best governed country in the world. It is also among the least corrupt and the most socially progressive. Its police are the world’s most trusted and its banks the soundest.
Other nations coming in at the top of the list are Denmark (3rd), Iceland (4th), Switzerland (5th), Netherlands (6th), Canada (7th), New Zealand (8th), Sweden (9th) and Australia (10th).
Last year, Laos was not included in the rankings.
The 2018 report places the landlocked country behind other Asean countries including Thailand (46th), Singapore (34th), Malaysia (35th), Philippines (71st), Vietnam (95th) and Indonesia (96th). But Laos comes in ahead of the Asian countries of Bangladesh (115th), Sri Lanka (116th), Cambodia (120th) and Myanmar (130th).
At the bottom of the list are South Sudan (154th), Central African Republic (155th) and Burundi (156th).
In recent years, the Lao government has placed an emphasis on alleviating poverty by encouraging people to boost commercial production.
It has also tried to attract more foreign investment with a view to creating job opportunities and boosting incomes.
Laos is also investing more in education and healthcare to enhance the quality of life and life expectancy.
Since he took office in April 2016, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith has made clear the government’s determination to fight corruption despite the enormous challenges of tackling an ingrained practice.
The government is also taking a firm stance against illegal logging, unwarranted fuel tariff exemptions, and inflated electricity bills.
In East Asia, Chinese Taiwan is named the happiest nation, ranked 26th, while Japan, South Korea and Bhutan were placed at 54th, 57th and 97th respectively.
The United Nations’ World Happiness Report was first published in 2012 and aims to survey the science of measuring and understanding subjective well-being.
The report is also designed to present updated rankings and analyses of life evaluations throughout the world.  Each World Happiness Report has had a variety of topic chapters, often dealing with an underlying theme for the report as a whole. This year, the UN paid special attention to migration.


By Somsack Pongkhao
(Latest Update
March 19,
2018)


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