Lebanon Just Ranked 2nd Unhappiest Worldwide

Lebanon, despite its numerous challenges, boasts a resilient population adept at finding happiness amidst adversity, even amidst prevailing discontent.

As the World Happiness Report (WHR) 2024 reveals its findings to commemorate the UN’s International Day of Happiness, Lebanon once again finds itself situated among the lower tiers.

Joining Yemen and Egypt at the bottom of the happiness index among the least happy nations in the Middle East and North Africa, Lebanon is second only to Afghanistan in global unhappiness, according to the WHR.

Recent Gallup research indicates a decline in happiness levels across all age groups in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as South Asia.

The report highlights substantial global happiness trends with Finland maintaining its top ranking for the seventh consecutive year.

Which countries were in the bottom 10?

Looking at the bottom 10 first, Afghanistan remains the world’s unhappiest country in a largely unchanged ranking. Lebanon maintained the second least happiest position from the 2022 rankings.

134. Zambia

135. Eswatini

136. Malawi

137. Botswana

138. Zimbabwe

139. Congo

140. Sierra Leone

141. Lesotho

142. Lebanon

143. Afghanistan

Which countries were in the top 10?

This year’s top 10 rankings remained unchanged, especially the top three.

1. Finland

2. Denmark

3. Iceland

4. Sweden

5. Israel

6. Netherlands

7. Norway

8. Luxembourg

9. Switzerland

10. Australia

The WHR evaluates happiness using criteria such as life evaluations, GDP per capita, healthy life, expectancy, social support, freedom, generosity, and perceptions of corruption.

Since 2019, Lebanon has been dealing with a multi-layered crisis affecting the economy and political life, as well as the Beirut port blast. All causing mass migration outside of the country.

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