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In Southeast Asia, Malaysians rank just behind southern neighbour Singapore and Thailand to the north. — Picture by Choo Choy MayIn Southeast Asia, Malaysians rank just behind southern neighbour Singapore and Thailand to the north. — Picture by Choo Choy MayKUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — Malaysia is the 42nd happiest country in the world, according to the World Happiness Report 2017 released today.

The latest report has catapulted the nation five rungs compared to its position last year among a list of 155 nations.

In Southeast Asia, Malaysians rank just behind southern neighbour Singapore and Thailand to the north; the latter two scored 26th spot and 32nd place respectively in the global report.

Rounding up the Southeast Asian list in descending order are the Philippines (72 globally); Indonesia (81); Vietnam (94); Myanmar (114) and lastly Cambodia (129). Not included in the report were Brunei and Laos.

The 10 happiest places in the world are Norway, which displaced Denmark for the top spot, followed by Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, the Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden.

In contrast, the unhappiest places on earth in descending order are Yemen, South Sudan, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Rwanda, Syria, Tanzania, Burundi and lastly, the Central African Republic.

The report by the Sustainable Solutions Network started in 2012 based on data from the Gallup World Poll.

According to the report, the top four happiest countries ranked highly on caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance.

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