Thailand 32nd happiest country in the world

In this Sept 7, 2016 file photo, a smiley face is seen on a sunflower in a sunflower field in Lawrence, Kansas. (AP photo)

Thailand is the 32nd happiest country in the world while Norway ranked first, according to a report released at the United Nations to mark the International Day of Happiness on Monday.

The World Happiness Report 2017, which surveyed 155 countries, was conducted by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative launched by the UN in 2012. With the release, the SDSN called on nations to build social trust and equality to improve the well-being of their citizens.

Thailand also ranked 19th of the top 20 gainers, which showed average ladder scores increasing by 0.50 or more from the previous ranking done in 2005-07, while Nicaragua made the biggest leap.

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