Malaysia Ranked 55th Happiest Country On 2023 World Happiness Report

It was ahead of Indonesia and China but lost to Singapore.

As the world continues to grapple with the lasting impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, wars, and ongoing global uncertainties, 2022 was marked as a year full of crisis.

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However, there were still a handful of countries which were still able to maintain a cheerful outlook and came out in top in the 2023 World Happiness Report (WHR).

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Malaysia comes in at 55th place

According to the report, Malaysia was ranked at 55th place with a score of 6.012, outperforming Indonesia and China, which were placed 84th and 64th respectively.

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This marks a significant improvement from Malaysia’s 2022 ranking, where it was at 70th place out of 149 countries in 2022 and 81st place in 2020.

While Malaysia has made progress, it still lags behind Singapore, which secured 25th place based on average life evaluation.

Unsurprisingly, Nordic countries continued to dominate the rankings, with Finland retaining its title as the world’s happiest nation for the fifth consecutive year.

Finland happiest country in the world according to 2023 world happiness report
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The country achieved a life evaluation score of 7.821, followed closely by Denmark (7.636) and Iceland (7.557).

Unfortunately, war-ravaged Afghanistan and Lebanon remain at the bottom of the rankings, with average life evaluations more than five points lower (on a scale of 0 to 10) than the top ten happiest countries.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the report, where global survey data is utilised to measure how citizens view the country they live in and how they evaluate their own life.

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The rankings are also a result of several measurement of these six key variables that determine the life evaluation score: Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity, perception of corruption as well as dystopia.

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Last year, KL was ranked the 3rd most overworked city in the world:

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