World Happiness Index

Sep 13, 2021

World Happiness Report 2021

The World Happiness Report 2021 focuses on the effects of COVID-19 and how people all over the world have fared. Our aim was two-fold, first to focus on the effects of COVID-19 on the structure and quality of people’s lives, and second to describe and evaluate how governments all over the world have dealt with the pandemic. In particular, we try to explain why some countries have done so much better than others.

We can observe that most of the happiness_score values are between 5 and 5.5.

Happiness scores across regions

The regions is related to North America, Australia and New Zealand has achieved notable success compared to the Asian and African region in controlling the pandemic, with far lower mortality rates and greater successful implementation of Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) to stop the spread of the disease, such as border controls; face-mask use; physical distancing; and widespread testing, contact tracing, and quarantining (or home isolation) of infected individuals. It can be seen that the highest mean happiness score among the regions is related to Australia and New Zealand.

Distribution Of Happiness Score In Different Regions

The happiness scores for the North America, Australia and New Zealand region is concentrated on upper level. Whereas, the happiness scores in Middle East and North Africa has a large variation. These results suggest that COVID-19 has reduced the effect of income on life satisfaction, increased the benefits of living as a couple relative to being single, separated, divorced or widowed, increased the happiness effects of generosity, and sharply increased the life satisfaction of those 60 years and older. In some groups of countries, including East Asia, South Asia and the Middle East and North Africa

Finland has been ranked 1st again in the annual World Happiness Report published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a global initiative for the United Nations – retaining this prestigious title for the 4th consecutive year – a previously unseen accomplishment. Appearing already as a sort of constant, Finnish happiness can be attributed to a number of factors, and many Finns credit it to their connection with nature and the outdoors with over 90% of Finland covered in either forest or water. The Nordic country scored 7.89 on a scale from 0 to 10. Two other Nordic countries, Iceland and Denmark, followed with a second and third place, respectively.

Economy plays the most significant role in contributing to happiness. So here we explore its influence in different regions throughout the world.

We can see that except for North America and Australia and New Zealand, happiness scores increase with economy.

One of the most striking facts of the COVID-19 pandemic is the very high mortality rates in the North Atlantic countries compared with the Asia-Pacific region. No doubt, the Asia-Pacific region was better prepared for a newly emerging zoonotic pandemic. No doubt, the region put in place a successful package of NPIs that eluded the nations of Europe and North America and the public in the Asia-Pacific countries generally encouraged the strong measures taken by the governments.