UAE ranked 28th happiest country in the world

Ranking down from previous years but writers of the report believe the UAE was affected by the changes in survey methods.

ABU DHABI // The UAE ranked 28th in this year’s World Happiness Report.

The report was released in Rome ahead of today’s UN World Happiness Day.

Last year, the UAE placed 20th, down from 14th in 2013.

The survey methodology was changed from face-to-face to telephone interviewing in 2014.

The report said the UAE was affected by the changes in survey methods because the non-Emirati population was sampled.

“This has caused its ranking to drop for technical reasons unrelated to life in the UAE,” the report said. “Where the expatriate population is very large it comes to dominate the overall averages based on the total population.” Splitting the UAE sample into two groups would give a 2013-2015 Emirati average of 7.06 (ranking 15th), and a non-Emirati average 6.48 (ranking 31st), very close to the overall average of 6.57 (ranking 28th).

While Denmark, Switzerland and Iceland occupied the top three slots, the UAE was the happiest country in the region.

Saudi Arabia placed 34th, Qatar 36th and Kuwait 41st.

For the first time, a special role was given to the measurement and consequences of inequality in the distribution of well-being among countries and regions. It found people were happier living in societies where there was less inequality.

Published: March 19, 2016 04:00 AM