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World’s unhappiest country revealed, but Ireland feels lucky in World Happiness Index

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Afghanistan is the world’s unhappiest country – even before the Taliban came to power last August. This is according to a so-called World Happiness Report, which was published ahead of the UN-designated International Day of Happiness on Sunday.

In the annual report, Afghanistan was ranked last out of 149 countries surveyed, with a satisfaction rating of just 2.5. Lebanon was the second saddest country in the world, with Botswana, Rwanda and Zimbabwe rounding out the bottom five. Finland took first place for the fourth consecutive year with a score of 7.8, followed by Denmark and Switzerland, with Iceland and the Netherlands also in the top five.

Ireland is the 13th happiest country in the world, with a score of 7,041, only slightly less happy than Australia and a shade happier than Germany.

The researchers ranked the countries after analyzing the data over a three-year period. They examined various categories, including gross domestic product per capita, social safety nets, life expectancy, freedom to make choices about life, the generosity of the population, and perceptions of internal and external levels of corruption.

Afghanistan scored poorly in all six categories, a confusing result coming before the arrival of the Taliban and despite 20 years of American and international investment. According to reports by the US Special Inspector for Afghanistan, the US alone has spent $145 billion on development in Afghanistan since 2002.

Still, there were signs of increasing hopelessness.

Gallup conducted a poll in 2018 and found that few Afghans they polled had much hope for the future. In fact, the majority said they had no hope for the future.

Years of corruption, rising poverty, lack of jobs, a steady increase in people being forced below the poverty line and erratic development have all resulted in a crushing malaise, said analyst Nasratullah Haqpal. Most Afghans had high hopes after 2001, when the Taliban were overthrown and the US-led coalition declared victory.

“Unfortunately, the focus was only on the war, the warlords and the corrupt politicians,” Haqpal said.

“People just got poorer and poorer and more disappointed and unhappy … that’s why these 20 years of investment in Afghanistan collapsed in just 11 days,” he said, referring to the Taliban’s lightning strike across the country before hitting Kabul in the middle of August .

When Masoud Ahmadi, a carpenter, returned to Afghanistan from neighboring Pakistan after the Taliban collapsed in 2001, his hopes for the future were high. He dreamed of opening a small furniture workshop and maybe employing up to 10 people. Instead, as he sat in his dusty 6ft by 10ft workshop on Saturday, he said he only opens twice a week for lack of work.

“When the money came into this country, the government took the money and counted it as their personal money, and people were not helped to change their lives for the better,” Ahmadi said.

The report warns that Afghanistan’s numbers could fall even further over the next year if it measures Afghans’ levels of happiness following the arrival of the Taliban. The economy is currently in freefall as the group struggles to transition from insurgent to governing.

Full list of countries ranked by luck

1. Finland (7,821)

2. Denmark (7,636)

3. Iceland (7,557)

4. Switzerland (7,512)

5. Netherlands (7,415)

6. Luxembourg* (7,404)

7. Sweden (7,384)

8. Norway (7,365)

9. Israel (7,364)

10. New Zealand (7,200)

11. Austria (7,163)

12. Australia (7,162)

13. Ireland (7,041)

14. Germany (7,034)

15. Canada (7,025)

16. United States (6,977)

17. United Kingdom (6,943)

18. Czech Republic (6,920)

19. Belgium (6,805)

20. France (6,687)

21. Bahrain (6,647)

22. Slovenia (6,630)

23. Costa Rica (6,582)

24. United Arab Emirates (6,576)

25. Saudi Arabia (6,523)

26. Taiwan Province of China (6,512)

27. Singapore (6,480)

28. Romania (6,477)

29. Spain (6,476)

30. Uruguay (6,474)

31. Italy (6,467)

32. Kosovo (6,455)

33. Malta (6,447)

34. Lithuania (6,446)

35. Slovakia (6,391)

36. Estonia (6,341)

37. Panama (6,309)

38. Brazil (6,293)

39. Guatemala* (6,262)

40. Kazakhstan (6,234)

41. Cyprus (6,221)

42. Latvia (6,180)

43. Serbia (6,178)

44. Chile (6,172)

45. Nicaragua (6,165)

46. ​​Mexico (6,128)

47. Croatia (6,125)

48. Poland (6,123)

49 El Salvador (6,120)

50 Kuwait* (6,106)

51. Hungary (6,086)

52. Mauritius (6,071)

53. Uzbekistan (6,063)

54. Japan (6,039)

55. Honduras (6,022)

56. Portugal (6,016)

57. Argentina (5,967)

58. Greece (5,948)

59. South Korea (5,935)

60. Philippines (5,904)

61. Thailand (5,891)

62. Moldova (5,857)

63. Jamaica (5,850)

64. Kyrgyzstan (5,828)

65. Belarus* (5,821)

66. Colombia (5,781)

67. Bosnia and Herzegovina (5,768)

68. Mongolia (5,761)

69. Dominican Republic (5,737)

70.Malaysia (5,711)

71. Bolivia (5,600)

72. China (5,585)

73.Paraguay (5,578)

74. Peru (5,559)

75.Montenegro (5,547)

76. Ecuador (5,533)

77. Viet Nam (5,485)

78. Turkmenistan* (5,474)

79. Northern Cyprus* (5,467)

80. Russia (5,459)

81. Hong Kong SAR of China (5,425)

82. Armenia (5,399)

83. Tajikistan (5,377)

84. Nepal (5,377)

85. Bulgaria (5,371)

86. Libya* (5,330)

87. Indonesia (5,240)

88. Ivory Coast (5,235)

89. North Macedonia (5,199)

90. Albania (5,199)

91. South Africa (5,194)

92. Azerbaijan* (5,173)

93. Gambia* (5,164)

94. Bangladesh (5,155)

95. Laos (5,140)

96. Algeria (5,122)

97. Liberia* (5,122)

98. Ukraine (5,084)

99. Congo (Brazzaville) (5,075)

100. Morocco (5,060)

101. Mozambique (5,048)

102. Cameroon (5,048)

103. Senegal (5,046)

104. Niger* (5,003)

105. Georgia (4,973)

106. Gabon (4,958)

107. Iraq (4,941)

108. Venezuela (4,925)

109. Guinea (4,891)

110. Iran (4,888)

111.Ghana (4,872)

112. Turkey (4,744)

113. Burkina Faso (4,670)

114. Cambodia (4,640)

115. Benin (4,623)

116. Comoros* (4,609)

117. Uganda (4,603)

118.Nigeria (4,552)

119. Kenya (4,543)

120. Tunisia (4,516)

121.Pakistan (4,516)

122. Palestinian Territories* (4,483)

123. Mali (4,479)

124.Namibia (4,459)

125. Eswatini, Kingdom * (4,396)

126.Myanmar (4,394)

127. Sri Lanka (4,362)

128. Madagascar* (4,339)

129. Egypt (4,288)

130. Chad* (4,251)

131. Ethiopia (4,241)

132. Yemen* (4,197)

133. Mauritania* (4,153)

134. Jordan (4,152)

135. Togo (4,112)

136. India (3,777)

137. Zambia (3,760)

138.Malawi (3,750)

139. Tanzania (3,702)

140. Sierra Leone (3,574)

141. Lesotho* (3,512)

142. Botswana* (3,471)

143. Rwanda* (3,268)

144. Zimbabwe (2,995)

145. Lebanon (2,955)

146.Afghanistan (2,404)

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