Tajikistan has been recognized as the ‘least happy’ country in in Central Asia, according to the World Happiness Report 2024, which was released on March 20.

Tajikistan with 5.281 scores ranks 88th among 143 countries (five points lower than in 2022.  In 2022, the World Happiness Report ranked Tajikistan 83rd among 146 countries).

This year, Uzbekistan with 6.195 score was named the happiest country in the Central Asian region. It ranks 47th among 143 countries.

Kazakhstan (6,188) ranks 49th, and Kyrgyzstan (5.714) ranks 75th. 

As far as Turkmenistan is concerned, it  is not included in the Happiness Index this year.  

For the seventh year in a row, Finland has topped the rankings of the World Happiness Report.

According to the report, Finland (7.741, Denmark (7.583), Iceland (7.525), Sweden (7,344), Israel (7,341), the Netherlands (7,319), Norway (7,302), Luxembourg (7,122), Switzerland (7,060), and Australia (7,057) are the top 10 happiest nations in the world.

Afghanistan, which has seen its humanitarian crisis deepen since the Taliban took power again in August 2021, is at the bottom of the table.

Zambia (3.502), Eswatini (3,502), Malawi (3.421), Botswana (3,383), Zimbabwe (3.341), Congo (3,295), Sierra Leone (3.245), Lesotho (3.186), Lebanon (2.707), and Afghanistan (1.721) are recognized as the least happy countries in the world.

This is the twelfth anniversary of the World Happiness Report.  The first World Happiness Report was presented on April 2, 2012.

The World Happiness Report is a publication that contains articles and rankings of national happiness, based on respondent ratings of their own lives, which the report also correlates with various (quality of) life factors.  

From 2024, the report is a publication of the Wellbeing Research Centre at the University of Oxford.  Until then, the report was a publication of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a global initiative of the United Nations. The report primarily uses data from the Gallup World Poll.