World Happiness Report by UNSDSN

The World Happiness Report is published annually by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network in New York. The report measures 156 countries’ level of happiness.

The report relies on the Gallup Worldwide Poll based on the Cantril Ladder question stating "Please imagine a ladder with steps numbered from zero at the bottom to ten at the top. Suppose we say that the top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you, and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder would you say you personally feel you stand at this time, assuming that the higher the step the better you feel about your life, and the lower the step the worse you feel about it? Which step comes closest to the way you feel?". By this, the people evaluate the quality of their current lives on a scale of 0 to 10 (for each country, averaged over 3 years (i.e. 2015-2017).

Top 5 Countries
  • 1. Finland

  • 2. Norway

  • 3. Denmark

  • 4. Iceland

  • 5. Switzerland

UAE in focus (2018)

The UAE is ranked 20th globally improving by one position from last year. The UAE is leading the Arab region followed by Qatar (32nd), Saudi Arabia (33rd), Bahrain (43rd) and Kuwait (45th)

UAE’s score increased by 0.126 points from last year to become 6.774 compared to Finland (global leader) score of 7.632. The UAE is ranked 19th in the ranking of the happiness of the foreign-born and came second in GCC after Oman (16th). (Oman is not included in the overall ranking of Happiness).

GCC Rankings