In the latest edition of the World Happiness Report, Sri Lanka has climbed 15 places up the rankings to be placed 112th out of 137 countries surveyed, with a score of 4.4 out of 10. The report, which measures citizens’ satisfaction levels globally, revealed that Sri Lanka’s ranking improved significantly this year, as compared to the previous year, where it was ranked 127th out of 146 countries surveyed.
The improvement in Sri Lanka’s ranking comes after a challenging year, where the country faced severe economic, financial, and political crises. Shortages of fuel and domestic gas, extensive power cuts, and soaring inflation rates were some of the challenges that the nation grappled with.
While Sri Lanka’s ranking in the report has improved, Finland has retained its first place ranking for the sixth consecutive year, with Denmark, Iceland, Israel, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and New Zealand rounding up the top 10 countries, respectively.
The report indicates that global happiness levels averaged around 5.5 out of 10 this year, showing a decrease of 0.1 from the previous year. Despite the overall decrease in happiness levels, Sri Lanka’s climb up the rankings in this year’s report is a positive development and highlights the resilience of the nation’s citizens in the face of adversity.