The World Happiness Report 2019 Is Out—Check Out The Ranking Of The Philippines

Clue: It’s a happy number.
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In the latest World Happiness Report (2019), the Philippines ranked 69. The results and ranking compare the happiness quotients of 156 countries. In the last report, the Philippines ranked 71st in the happiness meter, so we upped our happy score by a tiny bit.

The World Happiness Report 2019 is by Helliwell, J., Layard, R., and Sachs, J. (2019) produced by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. To arrive at the latest ranking, they asked respondents to value their lives on a 0 to 10 scale, with 0 being the worst possible life and 10 being the best possible life. And, the score of the Philippines? We got 5.63 points out of 10 points. While our ranking would still be lower than a 60 percent passing mark in a typical test, we still bested some of our neighbors, particularly the likes of Hong Kong SAR, China which came in at 76th place (5.430) and China which ranked 93rd (5.191).

Some of our favorite travel destinations ranked higher with Canada at 9th spot (7.278), the United States at 19th (6.892), France at 24th (6.592), Singapore at 34th (6.262), South Korea at 54th (5.895), and Japan at 58th (5.886). Topping the list were some of the Scandinavian countries with Finland besting all the others (again) with a 7.769 happiness score.

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The World Happiness report “attempts to show how six key variables contribute to explaining the full sample of national annual average scores…. These variables are GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption.”

“We do not construct our happiness measure in each country using these six factors – the scores are instead based on individuals’ own assessments of their lives,” say the experts behind the study. So, if you were to rate your happiness against similar metrics, how would you fair? Would you say that you’re truly happy?

Check out the ranking of156 countries below:

1. Finland (7.769)
2. Denmark (7.600)
3. Norway (7.554)
4. Iceland (7.494)
5. Netherlands (7.488)
6. Switzerland (7.480)
7. Sweden (7.343)
8. New Zealand (7.307)
9. Canada (7.278)
10. Austria (7.246)
11. Australia (7.228)
12. Costa Rica (7.167)
13. Israel (7.139)
14. Luxembourg (7.090)
15. United Kingdom (7.054)
16. Ireland (7.021)
17. Germany (6.985)
18. Belgium (6.923)
19. United States (6.892)
20. Czech Republic (6.852)
21. United Arab Emirates (6.825)
22. Malta (6.726)
23. Mexico (6.595)
24. France (6.592)
25. Taiwan Province of China (6.446)
26. Chile (6.444)
27. Guatemala (6.436)
28. Saudi Arabia (6.375)
29. Qatar (6.374)
30. Spain (6.354)
31. Panama (6.321)
32. Brazil (6.300)
33. Uruguay (6.293)
34. Singapore (6.262)
35. El Salvador (6.253)
36. Italy (6.223)
37. Bahrain (6.199)
38. Slovakia (6.198)
39. Trinidad and Tobago (6.192)
40. Poland (6.182)
41. Uzbekistan (6.174)
42. Lithuania (6.149)
43. Colombia (6.125)
44. Slovenia (6.118)
45. Nicaragua (6.105)
46. Kosovo (6.100)
47. Argentina (6.086)
48. Romania (6.070)
49. Cyprus (6.046)
50. Ecuador (6.028)
51. Kuwait (6.021)
52. Thailand (6.008)
53. Latvia (5.940)
54. South Korea (5.895)
55. Estonia (5.893)
56. Jamaica (5.890)
57. Mauritius (5.888)
58. Japan (5.886)
59. Honduras (5.860)
60. Kazakhstan (5.809)
61. Bolivia (5.779)
62. Hungary (5.758)
63. Paraguay (5.743)
64. North Cyprus (5.718)
65. Peru (5.697)
66. Portugal (5.693)
67. Pakistan (5.653)
68. Russia (5.648)
69. Philippines (5.631)
70. Serbia (5.603)
71. Moldova (5.529)
72. Libya (5.525)
73. Montenegro (5.523)
74. Tajikistan (5.467)
75. Croatia (5.432)
76. Hong Kong SAR, China (5.430)
77. Dominican Republic (5.425)
78. Bosnia and Herzegovina (5.386)
79. Turkey (5.373)
80. Malaysia (5.339)
81. Belarus (5.323)
82. Greece (5.287)
83. Mongolia (5.285)
84. Macedonia (5.274)
85. Nigeria (5.265)
86. Kyrgyzstan (5.261)
87. Turkmenistan (5.247)
88. Algeria (5.211)
89. Morocco (5.208)
90. Azerbaijan (5.208)
91. Lebanon (5.197)
92. Indonesia (5.192)
93. China (5.191)
94. Vietnam (5.175)
95. Bhutan (5.082)
96. Cameroon (5.044)
97. Bulgaria (5.011)
98. Ghana (4.996)
99. Ivory Coast (4.944)
100. Nepal (4.913)
101. Jordan (4.906)
102. Benin (4.883)
103. Congo (Brazzaville) (4.812)
104. Gabon (4.799)
105. Laos (4.796)
106. South Africa (4.722)
107. Albania (4.719)
108. Venezuela (4.707)
109. Cambodia (4.700)
110. Palestinian Territories (4.696)
111. Senegal (4.681)
112. Somalia (4.668)
113. Namibia (4.639)
114. Niger (4.628)
115. Burkina Faso (4.587)
116. Armenia (4.559)
117. Iran (4.548)
118. Guinea (4.534)
119. Georgia (4.519)
120. Gambia (4.516)
121. Kenya (4.509)
122. Mauritania (4.490)
123. Mozambique (4.466)
124. Tunisia (4.461)
125. Bangladesh (4.456)
126. Iraq (4.437)
127. Congo (Kinshasa) (4.418)
128. Mali (4.390)
129. Sierra Leone (4.374)
130. Sri Lanka (4.366)
131. Myanmar (4.360)
132. Chad (4.350)
133. Ukraine (4.332)
134. Ethiopia (4.286)
135. Swaziland (4.212)
136. Uganda (4.189)
137. Egypt (4.166)
138. Zambia (4.107)
139. Togo (4.085)
140. India (4.015)
141. Liberia (3.975)
142. Comoros (3.973)
143. Madagascar (3.933)
144. Lesotho (3.802)
145. Burundi (3.775)
146. Zimbabwe (3.663)
147. Haiti (3.597)
148. Botswana (3.488)
149. Syria (3.462)
150. Malawi (3.410)
151. Yemen (3.380)
152. Rwanda (3.334)
153. Tanzania (3.231)
154. Afghanistan (3.203)
155. Central African Republic (3.083)
156. South Sudan (2.853)

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