According to the recently published World Happiness Report Laos ranks 110th out of 156 countries when it comes to happiness.
The happiest country on the planet is Finland, with all the Nordic countries ranking among the 10 happiest nations in the world. In ASEAN Singapore is the happiest country (rank 34) whereas Myanmar is with rank 130 the unhappiest. For many countries there is a quite significant correlation between the Human Development Index (HDI) and happiness, but not true for all. Whereas Singapore ranks 5th in the HDI one would assume that the country would rank higher than 34 when it comes to happiness; the opposite is true for the Philippines – in HDI they rank only 116 but when it comes to happiness they are on position 71. So there might in the end been a grain of truth in the Filipino tourism slogan “it’s more fun in the Philippines”.
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