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Macedonia is the Unhappiest Country in the Balkans, According to a New Report

Updated: Apr 18, 2023


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This year, Macedonia was ranked 87th out of 137 countries in the new report "Happiness in the World 2023" of the United Nations.


According to the report, Macedonia is in the last position in the Balkans, but also among the unhappiest countries in Europe.


The report shows that Serbia is in 45th place, Slovenia in 22nd place, Montenegro in 67th place, Albania in 83rd place, Kosovo in 34th place, Greece in 58th place, Croatia in 48th place, Bosnia and Herzegovina in 71st place and Bulgaria in 77th place.


According to the report, the happiest countries in the world are Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Israel, Netherlands, while the unhappiest are Congo, Zimbabwe, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, and Afghanistan.


The report, which measures the subjective feelings of citizens, is published every March 20 - the International Day of Happiness.


“It has been over ten years since the first World Happiness Report was published. And it is exactly ten years since the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/281, proclaiming 20 March to be observed annually as International Day of Happiness. Since then, more and more people have come to believe that our success as countries should be judged by the happiness of our people. There is also a growing consensus about how happiness should be measured. This consensus means that national happiness can now become an operational objective for governments”, the report states.

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