14-th place in the ranking of the happiest countries in the world ranked Israel in the year 2020. The first World Happiness Report was published in 2012 and now covers 153 countries. The so-called happiness Index is based on the estimate of GDP per capita, level of social support, life expectancy, perception of corruption, etc, according to “HADASHOT”.
Israel always belonged to the group of leaders, taking until 2019 11th place in the ranking, down to 13th last year and 14th this year. The title of the happiest country in the world for three consecutive years been Finland, followed by Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand, Austria and Luxembourg. Canada fell out of the top ten, being in 11th place, closely followed by Australia, the UK and Israel.
Place the Jewish state in the rankings the more honorable that Germany was in this year on 17-th place, USA — on the 18th, France took the 23-th line, Spain — 28th, and Italy — 30-E. it Should be noted that the study took place before the epidemic COVID-19, which can significantly adjust the results of next year.
The tel Aviv promenade
You have to understand that in such ratings there is always an element of subjectivity so that, for example, the poor of Guatemala appeared on 29-m a place, and a rich Kuwait at 48th. Given this, it is not surprising that the most “happiest” country in the former Soviet Union has not the first recognized the authoritarian Uzbekistan, occupying the 38th place in the rating. He is only slightly inferior to a member of the EU Lithuania (41st place), followed by Kazakhstan (50th), Estonia (51), Latvia (57), Moldova (70), Tajikistan (71), Russia (73), Kyrgyzstan (74), Belarus (75), Azerbaijan (89), Turkmenistan (95), Armenia (116), Georgia (117) and Ukraine (123). Yes, our country remains the most “unfortunate” not only in Europe but also among former Soviet republics, is situated between Namibia and Liberia. At the same time, Ukraine from 10 points improved the happiness Index, up from 133-th place, which was occupied last year.
Separate point of the study was the ranking of cities, where tel Aviv has occupied 8-e a place (between Oslo and Stockholm), and Jerusalem — 33-e, a little below Vienna, appeared on 29-m, but higher than London, which is located in the 36th position. Kyiv was the 142-th row, below Nairobi (139) and Brazzaville (140), but above Yerevan (159) and Tbilisi (164). From cities of the former USSR above all soared Kaunas (66th place), followed by Riga (70), Vilnius (72), Tashkent (75), Moscow (76), Chisinau (82) and Minsk (97).
The three countries with the lowest happiness Index in the report this year were Zimbabwe, South Sudan and Afghanistan.