原文标题：Pakistan among top 20 happiest countries, beating India, US: Report
KARACHI: Pakistan ranked 16th among 151 countries of the world on the Happy Planet Index (HPI) 2012, beating India and the United States which ranked 32nd and 105th respectively. Costa Rica was termed the happiest country, followed by Vietnam and Colombia.
The Happy Planet Index was calculated using life expectancy, experienced well-being and ecological footprint (per capita) of the countries with data collected from various sources including UNDP and Gallup data. The index was compiled by New Economics Foundation (NEF).
The life expectancy and experienced well-being of Pakistan was found to be mediocre, but the ecological footprint was termed “good”. The total HPI of Pakistan was calculated to be 54.1.
Israel landed just one spot above Pakistan, having “good” life expectancy and experienced well-being, but a “poor” ecological footprint.
Bangladesh was higher up on the scale at 11, with the first two factors termed mediocre and the footprint as “good”.
India was found to have mediocre life expectancy and well-being and a “good” ecological footprint. However, its total HPI amounted to 50.9.
The only reason why the US scored low was its ecological footprint which was worse than the “poor” category. The life expectancy and experienced well-being were, however, ranked “good”.
Afghanistan was ranked 109.
The countries which landed at the bottom of the Happiness Index were mostly from Sub-Saharan Africa.
Denmark ranked the highest on the experienced well-being chart, followed by Canada and Norway.
Togo landed on the bottom of the chart.
On the life expectancy chart, Japan topped the list, followed by Hong Kong and Switzerland, while Sierra Leone gained the last spot.
Afghanistan had the best ecological footprint among all the countries, followed by Haiti and Bangladesh.
The countries with the worst ecological footprint included Qatar, Luxembourg, Kuwait, UAE, Denmark and the US.
you must be kidding me right???
There are long lines of Indian and American visa seekers on gates of Pakistan embassies.
So many people suicide daily and still among top 20 happiest countries! Total Rubbish!
Can someone explain what is an “ecological footprint”, I’ll be grateful.
You will have to visit Afghanistan to know about that. They are the best in the world for “ecological footprint”.
Its the amount of the damage an individual of that country causes to environment….i.e. the amount of greenhouse gas released,water used etc….
Countries like India,US,China will never fare high because of the amount of automobiles and industry they have…Also you can find many south american countries scoring high because of the amount of forest cover they have….
This got to be true especially after yesterday’s Cricket match !! LOL
Awww poor indians beaten again :)
Tnis is tfue. Zardari has pro ided bappier lives to all. only people supporting talebaan lead an unhappy lives.
this survey was done lastnite after india was kicked out of the T20, and we all are HAPPY :)
this just shows that these rating agencies can not be trusted! lol
Pakistan is ranked as the worst place to be a women in the world. This must mean that men are very very happy in Pakistan.
Khalq e Khuda
People misunderstand the Happy Planet Index. It is the gauge of how happy the planet is with Pakistan not how happy Pakistanis are. Thus backward countries make it to top due to the low carbon footprint.
Even so, the economic conditions in Pakistan are way better than most of the world right now.
Look how the western and industrialized countries make a fool of people of this region. Like sprinkling salt on our wounds. And we fight among ourselves.
This is their way of giving us consolation prize for “not industrializing” as much as them; for not moving forward with time.
India is out of T20, we are happiest natio in the world
I think its true as pakistan as a nation celebrates the very little things in life, good food, samosay, rain, winning a cricket match, a great song, individual occassions , trust me pakistanis as people are always cracking jokes and find joys , u would always see them smiling inspite of all the problems they have compared tO many wealthy and developed, yet wealthy nations.
People commenting here are so narrow minded ….. this survey was organized by an international and credible organization …….. but these people think that happiness is all about material progress ……… so materialistic ……. we need to understand that materialistic progress is other thing and happiness is something difference ……
Happinuss is given by Allah and Allah alone. We are blessud by Him for being on the happinuss shcale. Well ahed of the infidul, idolateurs kafirs, and mushirkeens. We need to follow the true way in the arab sense to becum the number 1. We are punyshed now for not having sharia in purest forms in this country, or we can becaum numbers 1. Inshallah.
Well the Arabs dont do well in this survey but the bangladeshis are way ahead so may be we can follow Islam in the bangali way
135000 peoples committed scuicide in india in 2011.major causes were hunger and piverty.
Now this is one survey that most Pakistanis would not complaint about. All other statistics are usually a conspiracy by the West against Pakistan.
How could a country be happy When they have got a neighbour like pak.
I thought the report was serious until I checked it out and found this:
Funny Pakistan is No 6 in terms of ecological footprint.
Guess who those ahead are (in order): Afghanistan, Haiti, Bangladesh, Rwanda and Nepal.
Do you see the irony here? None of them have a solid industrial base, meaning:
No industry = No ecological footprint
Now I see the joke here ;)
The poorer the people the obviously smaller eco-foot print, who was the genius who came up with this index?
Please go to Pakistan and be very happy. Also, please take your whole family with you.
This is a joke right? Every day killings, disasters, corruption, drone strikes. Yeah sure we still the happiest few on earth….
They have nothing to eat, no water or electricity – so almost zero ecological footprint – is that happiness. Abusrd article. Somali should rank first and Pakistan 2nd :)
No electricity, no petrol, no gas…
We are the most environment friendly country in the world!
i like it
i think you need to look at the parameters more closely. what determines ecological footprint? my bet is that its heavily tilted towards carbon dioxide emissions per person. in that case, pakistan would have a really good score as our industrial base is underdeveloped.
overall, i think a really poorly tilled survey and dubious parameters. how can you have a really happy country where 30% of the people want to leave….
Just out of curiosity, were the participants in the survey just politicians and military officials?
The list must be read in reverse order.
democracy for us
people who commented here are definitely the other 45.9% :)
apparently the survey class consisted entirely of heroin addicts in a state of bliss
If you need somebody else to tell you that you’re happy, you have a serious problem.
I’m so happy I wanna cry.
People, this survey is absolutely true. It took place after electricity came back, and we were all happy
lol…Why does people from Bangladesh migrate illegally to India then? Now i know why U.S wanted Afghanistan so badly. They wanted to get a pie of its ecological footprint so they could have a better happiness score. So, how many of them are willing to live in Afghanistan or Bangladesh?
I just realised all the sad people come to ET ):
I just came to know I’m living in a happy country, therefore ha ha ha !