Bangladesh among Top 20 ‘Unhappiest Countries in the World’

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Bangladesh has ranked among the top 20 unhappiest countries in the world, in the World Happiness Report 2023. Bangladesh ranked 20th among the “unhappiest countries”.

War-torn Afghanistan ranked as the unhappiest country in the world. Lebanon, which is facing a dire economic crisis, ranked 2nd. India is also seemingly “unhappier” compared to Bangladesh – ranking 12th in the depressing list, reports UNB.

The report – overseen by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network – is released every year on the occasion of International Day of Happiness, being celebrated today (March 20), according to Forbes Magazine.

The countries are ranked based on statistics from sources such as the Gallup World Poll, which takes into account six main factors: social support, income, health, freedom, generosity, and the absence of corruption, it said.

According to the report, these countries also have an average life evaluation that is more than five points lower (on a scale running from 0 to 10) than in the 10 happiest countries.


1.      Afghanistan

2.      Lebanon

3.      Sierra Leone

4.      Zimbabwe

5.      Congo

6.      Botswana

7.      Malawi

8.      Comoros

9.      Tanzania

10.   Zambia

11.   Madagascar

12.   India

13.   Liberia

14.   Ethiopia

15.   Jordan

16.   Togo

17.   Egypt

18.   Mali

19.   Gambia

20.   Bangladesh

The United Nations General Assembly designated March 20 as International Day of Happiness in 2012. Since then, an increasing number of individuals have come to feel that success as countries should be measured by the happiness of citizens. There is also emerging agreement on how to quantify happiness. Because of this agreement, governments may now make national happiness an operational goal, the report said.

The Nordic nations deserve special attention with Finland topping the list of the “happiest countries” in the world due to their usually high levels of both personal and institutional trust, the report said. “They also had Covid-19 mortality rates that were one-third those of the rest of Western Europe in 2020 and 2021 – 27 per 100,000 in the Nordic nations vs 80 in the rest of Western Europe.”

The other top happiest countries followed by Finland are: Denmark, Iceland, Israel and the Netherlands, said the report.


1.      Finland

2.      Denmark

3.      Iceland

4.      Israel

5.      Netherlands

6.      Sweden

7.      Norway

8.      Switzerland

9.      Luxembourg

10.   New Zealand

11.   Austria

12.   Australia

13.   Canada

14.   Ireland

15.   United States

16.   Germany

17.   Belgium

18.   Czech Republic

19.   United Kingdom

20.   Lithuania

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