Uzbekistan occupies 49th place in the ranking of the happiest countries, according to the study performed by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network of the United Nations (SDSN) and the Earth Institute of Columbia University.
Uzbekistan is on the highest rank among the CIS countries. Kazakhstan took 54th place, Russia is at 56th place, Belarus is at 61st place, Turkmenistan - 65th, Kyrgyzstan - 85th, and Armenia has the lowest rate in the index of happiness - 121th place.
The top ten happiest countries include Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden. Last year, Denmark took third place, behind Switzerland and Iceland.
Syria, Afghanistan, as well as the eight countries of sub-Saharan Africa entered the top ten of the least happy countries to stay. According to the rating, Burundi is the least happy country.
The report measured the level of happiness in 157 countries, taking into account such factors as GDP per capita and the number of years lived in a health state. The study also assesses whether there is a support in the period of failures and lack of corruption in government and business.