According to the report, Sri Lanka is ranked 120 out of 155 countries between 2014-2016 with Norway at number one.
In the 2016 report Sri Lanka was ranked at 117 for the years 2013-2015.
The World Happiness Report measures “subjective well-being” – how happy the people are, and why.
Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and and Finland round out the top five, while the Central African Republic came last, the BBC reported.
Western Europe and North America dominated the top of table, with the US and UK at 14th and 19th, respectively.
Countries in sub-Saharan Africa and those hit by conflict have predictably low scores. Syria placed 152 of 155 countries – Yemen and South Sudan, which are facing impending famine, came in at 146 and 147.
The World Happiness Report was released to coincide with the United Nations’ International Day of Happiness on 20 March. (Colombo Gazette)