Pakistan among top 20 happiest countries, beating India, US: Report

Published: October 3, 2012
Happy Planet Index calculated using life expectancy, experienced well-being, ecological footprint. PHOTO: HAPPY PLANET INDEX

Happy Planet Index calculated using life expectancy, experienced well-being, ecological footprint. PHOTO: HAPPY PLANET INDEX

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.

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Reader Comments (179)

  • Rameez
    Oct 3, 2012 - 6:39PM

    you must be kidding me right???


  • Jat
    Oct 3, 2012 - 6:39PM

    There are long lines of Indian and American visa seekers on gates of Pakistan embassies.


  • Haider Ali
    Oct 3, 2012 - 6:40PM

    So many people suicide daily and still among top 20 happiest countries! Total Rubbish!


  • shah
    Oct 3, 2012 - 6:40PM



  • Shahid Anwar
    Oct 3, 2012 - 6:41PM

    Who did they survey ? The super posh colonies of Islamabad. Life cannot be better. Yep. Multiple servants to satisfy your needs. Recommend

  • Zafar
    Oct 3, 2012 - 6:42PM

    Can someone explain what is an “ecological footprint”, I’ll be grateful.Recommend

  • Jat
    Oct 3, 2012 - 6:46PM

    @Zafar: You will have to visit Afghanistan to know about that. They are the best in the world for “ecological footprint”.


  • FJ
    Oct 3, 2012 - 6:49PM

    This got to be true especially after yesterday’s Cricket match !! LOL


  • afzaalkhan
    Oct 3, 2012 - 6:50PM

    Awww poor indians beaten again :)


  • 1984
    Oct 3, 2012 - 6:52PM

    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….


  • FJ
    Oct 3, 2012 - 6:55PM

    Mushklain hum per pari itni ke asaan ho gayeen (hence a high HPI ranking is a must!)


  • zardari
    Oct 3, 2012 - 6:55PM

    Tnis is tfue. Zardari has pro ided bappier lives to all. only people supporting talebaan lead an unhappy lives.


  • Pinky
    Oct 3, 2012 - 6:56PM


  • Muhammad Ali
    Oct 3, 2012 - 7:00PM

    What a freakin Joke !!!!!!


  • ahso
    Oct 3, 2012 - 7:03PM


    No, wait. Perhaps I shouldn’t be so cynical. I’m sure this New Economics Foundation must be an organisation with a fair amount of credibility and they must have done their due diligence. I mean, I’m just jumping to conclusions based on MY perception of ground realities. Perhaps I should lighten up a little. Perhaps…



  • LionOfPunjab
    Oct 3, 2012 - 7:05PM

    This is because most pakistani feel happy that they have survived to take the “happiness” index survey! Surviving an another day, unharmed by the mob, random violence (robbery, kidnapping etc.) and terrorism is like the feeling of euphoria a patient feels after having survived a life threatening disease!


  • F
    Oct 3, 2012 - 7:11PM

    A bomb blast here, a shooting there. This is our way – we are happy. You see the many Arabs crashing through our borders – all for happiness. You should too. PIA is ever ready to fly you in on wings of happiness, of course. Rahman Malik to greet you at the airport – giddy with happiness. Zaid Hamid to plan your itenary – with happiness. And Haqqanis to be your happy tour guides. Are you rushing to get here? come one, come all – to the land of happiness.


  • Liberal
    Oct 3, 2012 - 7:15PM

    poll was coducted only in DHA, BahriaTown and Islamabad


  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Oct 3, 2012 - 7:21PM

    I would not bet on it , the Trolls are just sitting there to come up with something to spew venom at Pakistan, that is what they are paid for by their government. How could they have so much time to be reading all the Pakistani news papers and then find faults everything we do.Recommend

  • zafar
    Oct 3, 2012 - 7:21PM

    this survey was done lastnite after india was kicked out of the T20, and we all are HAPPY :)Recommend

  • Ruby
    Oct 3, 2012 - 7:25PM

    this just shows that these rating agencies can not be trusted! lol


  • S
    Oct 3, 2012 - 7:30PM

    @haider Ali – yes lot of people sucide but its relative in this case right? How many sucide in India?


  • Nadir
    Oct 3, 2012 - 7:32PM

    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.Recommend

  • Roy
    Oct 3, 2012 - 7:33PM

    Hahahaha…this is hilarious…nothing like a good laugh to ease the stress at the end of a long day..thanks “ET” for publishing this article…


  • baloch
    Oct 3, 2012 - 7:35PM

    for me it is sort f rubbish survey.people who are being deprived of self respect,people is being killed in the street of Karachi without any reason, lack of education, health facilities, and most recently being denied for Electricity and other basic necessity could be Happy? i think the survey is conducted by presidency house probably headed by Abdul rehman malik support provided by F.B.R and NADRA


  • Sohail Khurshid
    Oct 3, 2012 - 7:39PM

    Taaaliyaan!!! For the nation that remains “HAPPY” while getting stung up by none other than its own people.Recommend

  • Jat
    Oct 3, 2012 - 7:41PM

    To all those who are laughing (including me) – what if it is true ? Something to think about. Now I feel sad.


  • Oct 3, 2012 - 7:49PM

    Nice to see that Tribune started publishing Jokes on front page.


  • Fauzia
    Oct 3, 2012 - 7:52PM

    Strange survey. What’s the point of adding “ecological footprint” along side life expectancy and well being for measuring happiness??


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:06PM

    Is this some sort of masochism index?


  • BlockedbyET
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:07PM

    Dil Dil Pakistan…..


  • Khalq e Khuda
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:10PM

    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.


  • JSM
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:16PM

    Congratulations Pakistan.


  • Jat
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:17PM

    @Fauzia: 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.


  • zafar
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:18PM

    India is out of T20, we are happiest natio in the worldRecommend

  • Anonymous
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:19PM

    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.Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:24PM

    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 ……Recommend

  • Waheeda Islam
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:24PM

    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.


  • Polpot
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:25PM

    “Pakistan among top 20 happiest countries, beating India, US: Report”

  • antsnu g
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:35PM

    135000 peoples committed scuicide in india in 2011.major causes were hunger and piverty.Recommend

  • Pinto
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:35PM

    How could a country be happy When they have got a neighbour like pak.Recommend

  • Mirza
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:35PM

    Now this is one survey that most Pakistanis would not complaint about. All other statistics are usually a conspiracy by the West against Pakistan.


  • Sheroz Sanober
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:37PM

    Hahahaha.. We have beaten India twice and don’t know about the 2nd victory as just read this article.


  • ameen
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:46PM

    American surveys at their best. American naivity at its best too.


  • Abdulaziz Khattak
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:51PM

    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 ;)


  • Bal Thackeray
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:56PM

    According to some reports, India’s position slipped further down after reading this


  • Raw is War
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:57PM

    was this survey conducted after yesterday’s cricket match?


  • Zalim Singh
    Oct 3, 2012 - 8:59PM

    what can you expect with pakistan as our neighbor?


  • Faisal
    Oct 3, 2012 - 9:10PM

    That’s what we call “Doosra”.


  • Pakistani
    Oct 3, 2012 - 9:11PM


    Nope… This is not a sarcastic laugh at this news piece. Im just so happy to be happy!


  • jism
    Oct 3, 2012 - 9:14PM

    economy is not growing at significant rate, floods are affecting the whole nation combined with power cuts, terrorism and mob rule has plagued the nation, with political instability and uncontrolled judiciary ruling the roost,the military establishment stuck in wars and Baluchistan on the brink, with top scientists still debating about invention of water kit,what are Pakistanis really happy about,seriously what?.


  • AmericanMuse
    Oct 3, 2012 - 9:19PM

    A meaningless index, contrary to all commonsense. Demolishes the purveyor’s credibility.


  • Ali Rehman
    Oct 3, 2012 - 9:23PM

    Haha,Cz We People Are Not So Tensed As OThers…


  • Shah
    Oct 3, 2012 - 9:25PM

    The poorer the people the obviously smaller eco-foot print, who was the genius who came up with this index?


  • Babbarsher Khan
    Oct 3, 2012 - 9:28PM

    Would like to believe this, really; but looking at the state of affair of our dear land of pure this news sounds like a very very bad joke!!


  • abid
    Oct 3, 2012 - 9:28PM

    haha. e.t has become insane


  • Targen
    Oct 3, 2012 - 9:44PM

    Check up 19th Country should be Somalia


  • Saz
    Oct 3, 2012 - 9:49PM

    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 [email protected] Islam:


  • Char Latan
    Oct 3, 2012 - 9:52PM

    Do they mean happy as in medicated happy?


  • bangash
    Oct 3, 2012 - 9:53PM

    This is absolute baloney. No Pakistanis are returning to their country instead they are all emigrating to flee corruption, lawlessness, intolerance, no electricity, poor governance, no jobs.


  • Singh
    Oct 3, 2012 - 9:56PM

    @antsnu g:
    Please go to Pakistan and be very happy. Also, please take your whole family with you.


  • cool girl
    Oct 3, 2012 - 10:10PM

    India is beaten again?? I dont think so to all you pakiiiistanis!!! we beat you guys in cricket and technically we did win the match against SA and we won the world cup last year… we will always win against you. Lets see if you win T20.. and regading this article india is a bigger country with a huge economy far better tehn pakistan. We have a lot hunger and poverty due to the population and we scored 50.1 not far from pakistan on 54,4 on this article and our well being, ecological footprint and life expectancy was al good. READ THE ARTICLE BEFORE COMMENTING! INDIA WILL ALWAYS BE ON TOP, NO COMPARISON WITH PAKISTAN OH YES!Recommend

  • Mullah kuta
    Oct 3, 2012 - 10:11PM

    Yes the mullahs are all happy …..we get to eat halwa all day and preach hate and violence without fear of the law agencies stopping us.if we get put in prison the CJ releases us and lawyers shower us with Rose petals……..yes yes we are very happy…


  • Oct 3, 2012 - 10:13PM

    First of all what second victory are you talking about? India bet Pakistan in the match and Pakistan is only in as Aus threw the match, Second, if this loadshedding, corruption, terrorism, mediviel mindset keeps people happy and content then so be it,


  • AM
    Oct 3, 2012 - 10:22PM

    Indeed country is great


  • AM
    Oct 3, 2012 - 10:25PM

    Pakistan is a great country and best place to live on earth


  • Azi
    Oct 3, 2012 - 10:32PM

    This is a joke right? Every day killings, disasters, corruption, drone strikes. Yeah sure we still the happiest few on earth….


  • ahmad Bilal
    Oct 3, 2012 - 11:06PM

    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 :)


  • Logic Europe
    Oct 3, 2012 - 11:08PM

    JAI ZARDAR ,in his time people are happier and healthier. people are free to speak, criticise and can even use expletives on tv in press and on the stage


  • Naseer
    Oct 3, 2012 - 11:16PM

    No electricity, no petrol, no gas…
    We are the most environment friendly country in the world!


  • KnoWhat?
    Oct 3, 2012 - 11:23PM

    I believe it to be true: I have been to many countries but Pakistanis are the byfar most friendly, happy company. As far as violence & death is concerned every country has to deal with it one way or another. The index was definitely not for per ca-pita wealth or city facilities. It was about contentment and a citizen’s approach toward the hardship of life & his/her believe & hopefulness. It is real: If you go to any part of the country you will be welcomed & treated nicely by a member of the public, of-course except for few permanently rude professional at any business or service location, private or government. Now thugs, crooks and psychologically troubled persons are part of life anywhere, don’t they?


  • Enlightened
    Oct 3, 2012 - 11:24PM

    The foundation who evaluated the countries for Happy Planet Index did not apply parameters like ecological footprints etc for Pakistan but carried out survey of the actual conditions prevailing in the country like bomb blasts, sectarian violence, killings, abductions, religious intolerance, violent protests, misrule, corruption, shortages of gas and electricity etc etc. The foundation was mighty impressed that despite nothing going right in Pakistan, people were bearing all wrongs with patience and contented with their lot and thus rated it higher in happiness than countries like US where people despite being rich and enjoying all luxuries are still unhappy and discontented.


  • Ritesh
    Oct 3, 2012 - 11:44PM

    What’s your inferiority complex with the Indians that you have to compare yourself all the time with India seems only thing which undies you is that you are everything but an Indian..anyway, this survey is a joke which probably nobody in your country also will take at a ace value ..


  • Raza Khan
    Oct 3, 2012 - 11:58PM

    Whar are they smoking?Recommend

  • Max
    Oct 4, 2012 - 12:02AM

    Lol. Just by reading this article Pakistan became a happier place than its jealous neighbours :p


  • Oct 4, 2012 - 12:07AM

    Reading the survey, and not able to understand the logic behind the criteria make me smile, yaaay now we are above than israel.

    Second reason, our president always smile……

    Way to go!!!


  • Soomro Najeeb
    Oct 4, 2012 - 12:28AM

    Dear Friends:
    The survey and results are really very true.
    Actually this survey was conducted when Pakistan won match from Australia…. The nation was happy and enjoying and same was translated here…………..

    If Pakistan wins Semis and Final of T-20 , Pakistan Happiest Index would touch the highest mark………. :) :) ;)



  • Hukka
    Oct 4, 2012 - 12:29AM

    Jat you are trying to give impression as if Pakistanis want to visit booming India. Wrong. If there are lines outside embassy , these are people who either want to go for yatras or divided families who want to meet up.

    Thousands of Sikhs visit Pakistan annually for their religious activities.
    Correct your facts.


  • Sani
    Oct 4, 2012 - 12:29AM

    have you ever been to Pakistan? On the whole people there are close to their families, very religious and relatively healthy. All things that correlate with happiness. Having a ton of stuff doesn’t necessarily make you happy. I have been to India also and I can say Indian cities are far worse than Pakistan and i always felt like i was roaming in a gutter.


  • Farhan Imaan
    Oct 4, 2012 - 12:31AM

    I read the report of this survey 16th , to myself i was thinking could it be possible, but when i read the comments.. to be honest i forgot what was before it ………..hahahaha after reading the comments i must admit Pakistan may not the happiest of HAPPY but Pakistan is surely the funniest country in the world.

    Yea, May Allah Bless Pakistan and all Pakistanis Ameen, The decency which i find in reading comments by country to country wise there is no doubt Pakistanis are way better than others I mean if you log on Times of Indiia and Read the comments there trust me you would end up believing me that no doubt we have decency and courage to bare consequences thou our system is not working properly than again, we face it only with the faith, on Allah .

    Keep Smiling :)


  • Pakistani
    Oct 4, 2012 - 12:35AM

    This happiness rate will gonna shoot up when Pakistan will win Icc t20 World Cup this sunday IA :D Aparts from joke.. r u kidding me? :pRecommend

  • LuvPak
    Oct 4, 2012 - 1:07AM

    Bro, do you notice? Barely anyone go out and declare his all-perfect opinion on Indian papers. But it’s the opposite! Now you tell me, who is comparing, worried or has a complex?


  • i like it
    Oct 4, 2012 - 1:28AM

    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….


  • Jat
    Oct 4, 2012 - 1:44AM

    @Sani: Next time don’t come to India – or is it your hobby; to roam in gutters ?


  • Ivan
    Oct 4, 2012 - 2:02AM

    I like smoke/ingest what Pakistanis are smoking/ingesting.


  • a_writer
    Oct 4, 2012 - 2:22AM

    Just out of curiosity, were the participants in the survey just politicians and military officials?


  • Morons
    Oct 4, 2012 - 2:42AM

    Not every smiling person is happy :(


  • maestro
    Oct 4, 2012 - 3:50AM

    @Zalim Singh:
    Hahaha – thats the difference between India and Pak, we are still happier despite having India as a neighbour. How many people have access to electricity even just enough to keep a light bulb going in India – 53 %! Whats the poverty rate in India – over 40% (higher than all of Africa combined) – how many insurgencies do you have? Countless, latest being Assam and the maoists. Even my own Indian friends tell me they never want to go back. How much “clean up” did you have to do before the Commonwealth games – dogs, donkeys, COWS and slum dwellers being removed to show the world, oh, this is a new india – hahaha – and then the corruption scandal. Sati still happens in rural areas. A couple of tatas and reliances with a few bollywood “item song” movies made out of india and you think you can fool the world. An indian girl met me recently here in Pakistan and she said she never wants to go back! Now troll around some more, enjoy ipl which is nothing but a gambling forum in the name of cricket – your sorry team is literally going home in tears – Pakistan is the only team to reach EVERY semi final in t20 world cups and won it once already. Excuse me please now, I am gonna go have a nice BEEF steak! HAHAHAHA. Slumdog millionaire defines the true india.


  • Asif Atlantvi
    Oct 4, 2012 - 4:44AM

    More like we get the most “happy endings”


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Oct 4, 2012 - 5:38AM

    The report was biased. India’s growth rate is 19.2% per year; population growth rate is going down and out of 34, 32.5 states have reached sub-replacement fertility rates; tourism is booming; IPL and other sporting events are on the rise (there are speculations Soccer World Cup 2020 will be hosted in India); Hollywood is replaced by Bollywood; India’s military expenditure will outgrow the entire world’s combined by 2025; multi-billionaires are headed to India for citizenship and permanent residence. The only problem we face is terrorism emanating from Pakistan and recently from Bangladesh. Things are looking up for India. So, we are HAPPY!


  • Moosa Khan
    Oct 4, 2012 - 6:43AM

    The list must be read in reverse order.


  • roger
    Oct 4, 2012 - 6:54AM

    @Yuri Kondratyuk: india has 28 states my frnd


  • Zalim Singh
    Oct 4, 2012 - 8:03AM

    @ maestro

    where do you get your figures? Pakistan’s GDP is half of India’s, right now.


  • Yuri Kondratyuk
    Oct 4, 2012 - 8:16AM

    Six are in development phase.
    They are being built with the latest cutting edge state of the art ultra modern indigenous imported Indian technology and will soon be completed. They are all solar/wind/hydro, i.e., renewable energy powered. That will drive the ‘ecological footprint’ up high enough to land in the top 5 places.


  • jism
    Oct 4, 2012 - 8:48AM

    @Yuri Kondratyuk:
    do you any idea of what are you speaking?


  • Mr. T
    Oct 4, 2012 - 9:32AM

    Being ranked the worst on every other survey and index on this planet, is an enough reason to keep the massess unhappy and they are saying that we are the most happy country in the world?!?!?!?

    Oh!! Americans, you and your surveys!!! This is like the joke of the decade!!!!!


  • Max
    Oct 4, 2012 - 9:48AM

    P.S. No indians were harmed in the taking of this survery.

    P.P.S. Chillax indians, why can’t we all just….get along :)


  • sajida
    Oct 4, 2012 - 9:54AM

    I think we in Pakistan try to make the best with what we have and live our lives accordingly,while others in our neighbourhood are simply after the big bucks.


  • Haider Hussain
    Oct 4, 2012 - 10:55AM

    Drawing room analysis…. absolute garbage


  • Sexton Blake
    Oct 4, 2012 - 11:10AM

    I really think that the average Pakistan/Indian person is rather terrific, although quite a few individuals do not seem to get along. Also, although wealth is not absolutely necessary for happiness it certainly helps. Having said that, how can we make Pakistanis the number one happiest population on earth. It seems relatively easy to me in one way, but difficult in another. First off, get rid of the corrupt politicians, get rid of 9/10ths of the military, reduce public servants at all levels by a similar amount, get rid of all laws and regulations, which benefit legal and medical people, get rid of American/NATO forces, get rid of taxes which benefit the wealthy, start thinking of serious ways to increase jobs, introduce an education system that really works for everybody, introduce a health system that ensures people get better, and fixes everything from polio to hearing and eyesight. Although I will not mention outlying areas we all know who they are so let Pakistan solve the problems for everybody. We all know it will not happen, but it will not happen if the people who are suffering do not make a stand. It should not be that difficult to make Pakistan the happiest country in the world.


  • democracy for us
    Oct 4, 2012 - 11:23AM

    people who commented here are definitely the other 45.9% :)Recommend

  • janamhussain
    Oct 4, 2012 - 11:25AM

    apparently the survey class consisted entirely of heroin addicts in a state of bliss


  • Oct 4, 2012 - 11:35AM

    Must have been made by looking into life of Politicians, they are the only ones happy living and looting Pakistan


  • Pragmatist
    Oct 4, 2012 - 11:39AM

    If you need somebody else to tell you that you’re happy, you have a serious problem.


  • Someone
    Oct 4, 2012 - 11:40AM

    @Yuri Kondratyuk: Delusion can be a good tool for daydreaming. #justsaying


  • UHS
    Oct 4, 2012 - 12:11PM

    You sum up everything. Bravo.


  • Super Heroine
    Oct 4, 2012 - 12:28PM

    U see We, Pakistanis have a very unique Philosophy…. of everything….. I’m Enjoyinggg ittt… :)


  • faraz
    Oct 4, 2012 - 12:29PM

    @ahmad Bilal: You have nothing, yet you are still posting this, well, you must be happy!


  • sarahelahi
    Oct 4, 2012 - 12:31PM

    The Happy Planet Index doesn’t measure a country’s happiness, it measures variables relating to health and ecological sustainability. Pakistan lags behind most countries in life expectancy/perceived well being but is ahead because like all under-developed countries with limited access to ecological resources, its carbon footprint is small.


  • Safa Masood
    Oct 4, 2012 - 12:39PM

    Because in spite of all going terribly wrong.. We celebrate and cherish the little things in life :))Recommend

  • Waseem
    Oct 4, 2012 - 12:45PM

    The only reason we’re even in the list is simple, they are also looking at the “Ecological Footprint (per capita)” data. Let’s face it we are still one of the “developing” countries, where despite large cities and population densities in those areas we’re we do have a large population outside of the metropolitans.

    The better index of “Happiness” should have also included political situation and economic stability. Although as a Pakistani I’m happy that we’re in the top twenty but realistically this is not a true indicator


  • Jat
    Oct 4, 2012 - 12:47PM

    @sajida: If you are satisfied with that, we neighbors are happy for you, we truly are. Anyway a little bit of introspection is not a bad thing. Peace !!


  • Oct 4, 2012 - 12:48PM

    if these agencies write against our political leaders we all claim it divine truth and if it write in favour we say it great joke.very funny educated people.


  • Jat
    Oct 4, 2012 - 12:51PM

    @Safa Masood: But there is no harm in enjoying the big things. :) Can always strive for bigger, greater achievements, no ? Just have to get the priorities right.


  • Omer
    Oct 4, 2012 - 1:13PM

    I’m so happy I wanna cry.


  • Oct 4, 2012 - 1:46PM

    People, this survey is absolutely true. It took place after electricity came back, and we were all happyRecommend

  • maestro
    Oct 4, 2012 - 1:47PM

    @Zalim Singh:
    I get my figures and facts from the Economist, CNN and BBC. Of course your GDP is higher than ours – we are 180 million people under war, you are 1.2 BILLION people. Stop comparing apples and oranges. Our GDP growth rate was over 8% before this afghan war landed on our footstep. Even then our poverty rate even while we are fighting terrorists entering from afghanistan (sponsored by you – why do you need 40 consulates there huh?) daily is still lower than yours. Apart from your major cities like mumbai (which has slums right next to luxury buildings), bangalore, hyderabad, rural India which is well where over 60% of the population lives are a deprived, poverty stricken people. Urinating in public is so common that my indian friends tell me that they actually smell it when they land in delhi. Get your own house in order before trolling on our websites daily. lols. Zalim Singh – lols – change it to Khadim Singh. hahahaha. An indian couple from delhi visited us recently and they were shocked – literally they said, oh my god this is Pakistan?? Its beautiful!! cheerio


  • Oct 4, 2012 - 2:08PM

    well right…we can`t be happy only when some corrupted people are happy in [email protected] Anwar:Recommend

  • Oct 4, 2012 - 2:16PM

    Happy Planet Index is about planet’s happiness, human & environmental well-being NOT about people’s happiness. ‘Happiness’ of people is done by Gross National Happiness and other such stuff.

    Moreover, one of 3 factors is ecological footprint which pushed Pakistan onto 16th position. Pakistan’s ecological footprint is low because it doesn’t have power plants burning coal to power large industries (and fudges data as well).


  • Ahmed
    Oct 4, 2012 - 2:26PM

    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?


  • Patriot
    Oct 4, 2012 - 2:52PM

    No BLOODY wonder the ecological footprint is minimal, THERE’S NO ENERGY TO RUN ANYTHING!


  • Jat
    Oct 4, 2012 - 3:36PM

    Yuri Kondratyuk’s comment was a good attempt at sarcasm. Too bad many of you couldn’t get it and took it seriously. Relax !


  • SK
    Oct 4, 2012 - 4:07PM

    I just realised all the sad people come to ET ):


  • Gratgy
    Oct 4, 2012 - 4:19PM

    To be alive at the end of the day, makes every Pakistani happy


  • Harris
    Oct 4, 2012 - 5:02PM

    Please. The Express editorial staff should know the difference between the Happy ‘Planet’ Index and happy countries.


  • Rehan
    Oct 4, 2012 - 5:07PM

    The ecological footprint is a measure of human demand on the Earth’s ecosystems.

    We don’t have water for drinking. Oil in our cars. Don’t have gas. So obviously we don’t have an ecological footprint, and they equated that with being happy.

    A complete western country poll with no understanding how developing nations live.


  • Nitish
    Oct 4, 2012 - 5:26PM

    @maestro: Do you know maharatra’s overall gdp(one of the state of india) is more than the GDP of whole pakistan.Talking about delhi,if you will combine your karachi,lahore,islamabad then also it will not compete with delhis infrastructure and charm.Delhi is simply HOT.Who told you these things about Delhi .Definitely they r pak sympathiser who r jealous of indias economic boom.Come to NCR(gurgaon),you will amazed to see the massive infrastructure work going on. sky scrappers,Lovely malls,amazing night life,clean parks and roads,underground metro rail is just amazing.Delhi is also rich in heritage. Recommend

  • Enlightened
    Oct 4, 2012 - 5:35PM

    Pakistan winning the S/F will make the people more happy and lifting the Cup would make them the happiest and put Pakistan among the first five. Best of luck.


  • Semper fi
    Oct 4, 2012 - 7:43PM

    I think the poll meant to ask – trigger happy countries


  • jism
    Oct 4, 2012 - 8:15PM

    @maestro: relax,this just a news website,if you want to discuss economy or poverty,there are hell a lot of other forums out their to discuss,no need to to go hyper nova,by the way,in last few months hundreds of Pakistani Hindus migrated to India,and they will never go back .Having gardens or big buildings will not make anyone happy, if the friendly neighborhood with a caring society, which stresses on true and honest education,you will find happiness and Pakistan has none.


  • PakPunjabi
    Oct 4, 2012 - 8:32PM

    @Yuri Kondratyuk:
    The last time I checked, there was only one Zaid Hamid and, unfortunately, he is Pakistani. But I guess, I was wrong. You are not serious are you? You sound like the Zaid Hamid of India.


  • PakPunjabi
    Oct 4, 2012 - 8:38PM

    Honestly, we as a nation were doing perfectly FINE up until this so called ‘War on Terrorism.’ Economy was 7-8% and I am not exaggerating. You can check online sources. Pakistan’s performance was appreciated by IMF.
    We have lost 35000 people. We have lost tourism. Damage to Pakistani infrastructure is estimated at worth $70 billion (Aid = $20 billion). We are threatened by the US to take part in this war (France’s decision to quit the War was respected by the US; we don’t have that luxury). The educated class is leaving Pakistan.
    Hopefully, things will get better after the US leaves this region in 2014, insh’Allah.


  • Khaksar
    Oct 4, 2012 - 10:28PM

    I suppose…the ranking is going to change tonight :)


  • Farhan
    Oct 4, 2012 - 10:29PM

    is it a joke?


  • Oct 4, 2012 - 10:31PM

    Happy about what? The economy that runs on daily money doled out by the US? Or running to the US with a begging bowl every other day when money runs out? Or is it the daily drone attacks? Or is it the almost weekly schedule of a Taliban attack in the cities?


  • Hasan
    Oct 4, 2012 - 10:52PM


    Funny that you’re telling maestro to relax…maybe it’s upset you that one guy single-handedly shut up most of the Hindustanis here who are so happy in their country that they spend their days reading over news articles from Pakistan.

    As for the Pakistani Hindus who migrated, we wish them luck – let’s hope they aren’t among the Dalit caste, because we know how well they are treated in your happy country. Let’s not talk also about the Sikh, Muslim and Christian victims of your many religious bloodbaths – I doubt they are gloating as much as you about your religious harmony.

    Frankly speaking, the most surprising thing about this article isn’t Pakistan’s position, it is Hindustan’s – there is now way a country which is heaving so desperately under poverty, AIDS and nationwide malnourishment can be among the happier nations in the world. Maybe the poll consisted only of Amitabh Bachchan and Bal Thakeray, who knows.



  • Fardad
    Oct 4, 2012 - 11:09PM

    I just came to know I’m living in a happy country, therefore ha ha ha !


  • Khaksar
    Oct 5, 2012 - 12:42AM

    @Max just chilling man! Hope you slept by now.


  • maestro
    Oct 5, 2012 - 7:13AM

    Hahaha – all of them said they are coming back to Pakistan and India admitted that none of them have seeked asylum so far! What are you smoking dude?? lols


  • maestro
    Oct 5, 2012 - 7:35AM

    Nitiish jee, I will respond the same way you guys do. My mother has been to india 6 times in the last few years and even she told me that landing in Lahore from Delhi was like a breathe of fresh air. My indian friend Swaati said she has seen naked hindu swords running after muslims in mumbai well before 26/11. I count many hindu friends as my brothers and sisters – and I am wearing a rakhi from two of them. Stop vilifying Pakistan. We are a nation – and we will remain a NATION with hopefully good neighbours! No hindu is running away from Pakistan- they go to pilgrimage to India and you think they want asylum?? – lols- NONE has asked for one. And we also have fancy malls. McDonalds, Hardees, KFC, Pizza Hut, Subway, etc, on every corner of every city. Get your head out of your behinds and learn to live like friendly neighbours.


  • maestro
    Oct 5, 2012 - 7:44AM

    Cheers bro :-)Recommend

  • Gratgy
    Oct 5, 2012 - 8:44AM

    My indian friend Swaati said she has seen naked hindu swords running after muslims in mumbai well before 26/11.

    Lol! You just made that up din you?


  • Asad(Isb)
    Oct 5, 2012 - 10:54AM

    I was expecting thousands commenting on this, come on guys :P


  • roadkashehzada
    Oct 5, 2012 - 11:09AM



  • jism
    Oct 5, 2012 - 11:27AM

    Dozens of Pakistani Hindus seek asylum in India: report
    Pak Hindu family arrives in Attari, to seek asylum
    171 Pakistani Hindus seek asylum in India
    Chidambaram says 764 Pakistanis given Indian citizenship

    shall we talk about the minorities of Pakistan then?.rather than talking here,ask those minorities who are running way from Pakistan as to why they will never return to Pakistan again.

    “India’s Home Minister P Chidambaram has said that during the past three years 764 Pakistanis had been given Indian citizenship. in a statement the Indian Home Minister told authorities that between 2009 and 2011, 1990 Pakistanis had applied for Indian citizenship and that these applications had been submitted in various Indian states.Out of the total, 764 applicants had been given Indian citizenship.”.

    have fancy malls McDonalds, Hardees, KFC, Pizza Hut, Subway
    wake up genius, Pakistan is among the list of failed states,i did not prepare that list,but those who know Pakistan very well have prepared that list.


  • jism
    Oct 5, 2012 - 12:18PM

    Pakistan is regarded as a failed state.the political leadership,the military,the judiciary,the education system, the society have all failed.perhaps,it seems that those who live outside Pakistan know more about Pakistan than most Pakistanis living in Pakistan. Pakistan is now regarded as “state in denial
    yup,all of them will come back and Pakistan will become the source of inspiration to all developing countries. isn’t that right?..keep waiting at the borders to see whether they will ever come back.Recommend

  • joe
    Oct 5, 2012 - 12:40PM

    Just shows ignorance is bliss !


  • Lala Gee
    Oct 5, 2012 - 1:15PM

    advent of Islam brought peace and prosperity to every nation it touched. I am least surprised.Recommend

  • Oct 5, 2012 - 2:30PM

    There may be many people here, commenting, who have never been to other countries, so you can’t be sure… I think, happiness comes from within (the heart), when you put your trust in Allah (SWT)… and work hard to reach spiritual, social and professional (using your gifted faculties) excellence… under Allah’s guidance… Materials won’t provide happiness because human beings normally don’t look at the things that they have, instead always crave for what they don’t.


  • suleman
    Oct 5, 2012 - 2:56PM

    breaking news……pakistan’s ranking slips after yesterdays metch…thank you..:D


  • Sahar
    Oct 5, 2012 - 5:56PM

    This is a US funded data trying to prove this pro-US, pro-CIA, pro-Mossad, pro-India, pro-RAW governmtn is better for Pakistanis. ITs just a part of political work of ruling parties, who USA feeds…


  • Riaz Khan
    Oct 5, 2012 - 6:03PM

    Defination of happiness has to be explained! In PK getting two meals & a place to sleep amounts to happiness whereas in US the defination of happiness is all together different. Please do not mix them together!Recommend

  • Umber
    Oct 5, 2012 - 6:16PM

    At least there is some benefit of high dope consumption


  • Faiz
    Oct 5, 2012 - 6:51PM

    Misleading title! Pakistan is not happy, Pakistan just makes mother nature happy by having a small ecological footprint. Oh media, when will you start reading reports properly so that you get it right…


  • Aaakhh Thuuu
    Oct 6, 2012 - 1:15AM


    It’s not about people being happy…read the article again!!!


  • Hasan
    Oct 6, 2012 - 4:00AM


    Congratulations – a few dozen Pakistani Hindus are apparently trying to migrate. Let’s just assume, for a change, that your own politicians aren’t lying to you, as they have done so often with regard to the occupation of Kashmir. If we take the conservative estimate of Pakistan’s Hindu population as 1.5%, that amounts to over 2.5 million Hindus in the country – and as maestro mentioned, many of them go on regular pilgrimages abroad and quite readily return to their motherland. Meanwhile, in your own happy, contented backyard, the ENTIRE REGION of Kashmir comes out in mourning on 15th August and chants insults against Hindustan; funny how that slipped through your analysis, isn’t it?

    You’ve basically confirmed my argument, though: Hindustanis are an impoverished, malnourished, downtrodden people, whose primary pastime is finding new ways to hate Pakistan. How can you ascribe even an iota of happiness to such a cursed place? I can only assume there were a couple of influential Brahmins in the study group who perhaps fudged Hindustan’s ranking slightly.

    @maestro – bro I’m loving your posts…ameen and ameen.



  • getalife
    Oct 6, 2012 - 9:21AM

    Who cares..this has nothing to do with India vs. Pakistan what is wrong with you.


  • adarsh
    Oct 6, 2012 - 2:06PM

    Nice thinkingRecommend

  • suleman
    Oct 7, 2012 - 12:17AM

    pakistan happy???:O … a failed state and still happy??? :O …that’s the spirit…keep it up boys


  • Haroon
    Oct 7, 2012 - 1:25PM

    Majority ocommentatorsf people wso commented did not understand this survey. It is relative to old time of of your country. For example in Bangladesh a person earn Taka 2400($30) per month and next year he earns Taka 2800($35) per month, he will be happier than an American who was earning $3000pm and now earning same or $3100pm. An increase of $5pm (16%) income of bangladeshi will bring many changes which cannot bring $100(3%) change in American life. This is the reason Bangladesh is 11th place and Pakistan and America are on 20th and 105th place. Finally I say majority commentators are “nasukrey”


  • Oct 8, 2012 - 2:44PM

    Now Pakistanis has to face a problem of immigration as Indians and Americans are Applying for Pakistani citizenship.

    Imagine Johny depp,Hrithik Roshan comes to live in your building?Recommend

  • Oct 8, 2012 - 2:45PM

    Now Pakistanis has to face a problem of immigration as Indians and Americans are Applying for Pakistani citizenship.

    Imagine Johny depp,Hrithik Roshan comes to live in your building?


  • Hasan
    Oct 8, 2012 - 8:15PM

    @Sahil Kulkarni:

    Hrithik who??!

    Haha the funniest thing about Hindustanis is that they genuinely think their own personalities have recognition overseas. Johnny Depp is a globally famous actor…Hrithik Roshan is probably just another Brahmin looking for a green card.


  • mario
    Oct 8, 2012 - 11:56PM

    Wat is “ecological foot print”.


  • Safder Lodi
    Oct 9, 2012 - 7:16AM

    Alhamdulilah * on the report .
    But the most comments here are against it . Please remember , majority of the people sitting on Internet are dissatisfied & Unhappy . And the man in the street , yes is satisfied to some extent & happy to any extent .

  • Umar
    Oct 9, 2012 - 7:52AM

    I was pleased to see Pakistan come top at something postive. yet amazed and it seemed obviously wrong, as now I am living in Canada I can really see the big dufference in life.

    The results are slanted towards countries with low consumption (as these damage environment least). So while its looks nice to see, its not representative of life.

    Pakistan zindabad


  • ustad abdullah bhutto
    Oct 9, 2012 - 8:06AM

    who said that we are happy? So many times we made fool by capitalists which have protect the dictators, which were the terrorism makers.Recommend

  • Mazhar Iqbal
    Oct 9, 2012 - 10:01AM

    No doubt Pakistan is great country.If our people select the honest people for government,then our country will be in the 10 happiest countries of the world.

  • Oct 9, 2012 - 10:33AM

    It is totally rubbish. In our openion, it is a self made data to make fool, the poor world.
    How can Vietnam can come on 2nd Happy land???? it is just a joke


  • Oct 9, 2012 - 9:22PM

    PPL who are not happy with the good rating of Pakistan are mentally sick. Despite of enormous problems nation still have hope they have confidence in Allah Almighty thats why they are celebrating their life and are happy. those who are materialistic have no sense how a poor person can be happy with empty belly.

    Think and research before you say something.


  • Waleed
    Oct 10, 2012 - 1:18PM

    Yes we are still Happy, imagine if we had a good government we might be no. 1.


  • TriEmm Man
    Oct 11, 2012 - 6:10PM

    India and its media claimed the involvement of ISI behind this survey while US says this survey distorted by Taliban and Al Qaida … HAHAHAHA


  • time
    Oct 14, 2012 - 3:28AM

    HAHAHAHA. when i saw Pakistan beast USA and India i know there will be a good debate in Pakistanis and Indians because these both country peoples have no other work to do. Just blaming always each other.Recommend

  • Happy
    Oct 21, 2012 - 5:40PM

    Pakistan beats USA. Hence Proved, Money can’t buy Happiness :)


  • naila
    Oct 22, 2012 - 2:43PM

    if they had included suicides, dron attacks, coorruption, poverty, education and health in developing this index then the results would have been totally different


  • rabia
    Oct 23, 2012 - 7:39PM

    can this list be more ironic??


  • Morad786
    Nov 8, 2012 - 11:06AM

    Ignorance is a bliss!

    Whether its Pakistanis at Home or their detractors abroad….

    Best way of comparison is to compare the quality of life from one generation to the next…

    I for one have seen massive advances in our lifestyle from my grandparents to our parents, to myself and now for my kids….

    The problem is the never-ending human greed and expectations for More…More…Nore…faster…and …Faster

    Plus no point comparing to Europe & US as they are a different league at present….we should play in our own league over short to medium term with a view to Premier League in the Long-Run!

    Our own league is the Sub-Continent. They all have problems at time more than us and at times less than us; perhaps the Paki Bashing in global media and at home is starting to play on our mind!


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