North Korea Not Happy


Piku Mukherjee, Kolkata: North Korea is not ‘the happiest places’ to live in the world, according to report by World happiness index. But North Korea is one of the ‘the happiest places’ to live in the world, but only according to country’s own regime. The report published in 2011.

The index, released on Wednesday, scores the extremist country as zero, while china and south Korea ranked 86 and 57. North Korea’s recent strides towards building nuclear weapons has brought the hermit nation into sharp international focus and this could make them not happy country, report published by world Happiness index.

The reclusive state is seen as one of the last Stalinist regimes and is ideologically committed to cutting itself off from the international community in pursuit of its doctrine of national self reliance. Although all domestic media outlets are owned by the one-party state and no reporting is allowed that isn’t sanctioned by the government.

It is a criminal offence for North Koreans to leave the country without government permission. And, Those discovered practising Christianity face arrest and being sent to a labour camp. As such Christians are forced to worship in secret and some don’t initiate their children into their religion due to the risks.

All this things made North Korea a unhappy country. People in North Korea’s hated neighbour South Korea are nearly as depressed, ranking 57nd on the list.

Finland has overtaken Norway to become the happiest nation on earth, according to a UN report. The 2018 World Happiness Report also charts the steady decline of the US as the world’s largest economy grapples with a crisis of obesity, substance abuse and depression.

The study reveals the US has slipped to 18th place, five places down on 2016. The top four places are taken by Nordic nations, with Finland followed by Norway, Denmark and Iceland.