15:57 | 02/04/2019 Society
According to the World Happiness Report 2019 released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) on March 20, The International Day of Happiness marked by the UN in 2013, Vietnam's score in happiness is 5.175, an increase compared to its score of 5.103 in last year's report.
|At the Japanese cherry blossom festival held in late March in Hanoi - Photo: VNA|
The happiness level was measured based on factors including GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity, and absence of corruption.
Vietnam ranks lower than several countries in Southeast Asia including Singapore (34), Thailand (52), Phillipines (69), Malaysia (80) and Indonesia (92). Ranked right above Vietnam at 93rd place is China.
Top five countries in happiness level are dominated by European nations, including Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland and the Netherlands.
Finland topped the list as it did last year. It is considered a country with beautiful nature, safe, affordable child care, subsidized and free education.
South Sudan, Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Rwanda were at the bottom of the list.