Vietnam climbs World Happiness chart

HANOI, 23 March 2021: Vietnam overtook several Asian nations, including Indonesia and Malaysia, to rank 79th in the World Happiness Report 2021.

Last year, the country ranked 83rd among 156 economies in the World Happiness Report. Finland consistently comes out top of the ranking.

Vietnam delivered more happiness than Laos, ranked 100th. It’s ahead of Cambodia (114) and definitely more than Myanmar, languishing in 126th place.

The Philippine did better in 61st place, Thailand 54th and Singapore led all of the  Southeast Asian nations with a respectable rank of 32nd.

The World Happiness Report 2021 focused on the effects of Covid-19 and how people all over the world have fared. It presented two objectives; 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.

Earlier, the UK-based New Economics Foundation ranked Vietnam fifth in the Happy Planet Index results and second in the Asia Pacific region.

Meanwhile, Vietnam is one of just three countries in the top 10 Happy Planet Index rankings with an ecological footprint that is small enough to be considered environmentally sustainable, according to the New Economics Foundation.

The life expectancy at birth in Vietnam in 2020 increased by 0.1-year compared to 2019, making the average 73.7 years, said the Vietnamese Ministry of Health.

(Source: Vietnam Government Portal)