(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency)
Riyadh, March 21, 2021, SPA -- The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ranked first across the Arab world and 21st globally in the World Happiness Report 2021, which was issued by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The report focused on measuring the effects of COVID-19 on the global quality of life and measures happiness index in about 150 countries around the world.
The 2021 report is based on measuring the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic on countries, in addition to evaluating the government's response to the repercussions of the pandemic, whether health, economic or psychological repercussions. According to the report, there is a relationship between trust in state institutions; how they addressed the pandemic, and the happiness of societies.
Among the fields on which the report focused on are measuring the impact of the pandemic on the work environment, social relations quality, individuals' mental health, confidence in government procedures and the country's ability to overcome the repercussions of the pandemic. It also measures the unemployment rates due to the pandemic, the inequality and the spread of loneliness, as all these factors affect the happiness index.
Saudi Arabia achieved distinguished results in indicators of GDP, social support, average life expectancy, freedom to make life decisions, generosity and confronting corruption.
The Executive Director of the Implementation Support Sector and Acting of Marketing and Communication at the Center of Quality of Life Program, Khaled bin Abdullah Al-Bakr, affirmed that Saudi Arabia's progress in the World Happiness Report for 2021 comes as a result of the leadership's interest in the quality of life and the happiness and well-being of citizens and residents, especially in light of the pandemic.
He added that Saudi Arabia exerted exceptional efforts to confront the repercussions of the pandemic. The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered to provide free treatment and vaccines for the Coronavirus for all citizens, residents, and violators of residency regulation. Moreover, the government reduced the negative repercussions of the pandemic on the private sector, through numerous support packages and initiatives.
The pandemic has negatively affected the quality of life in all countries, but Saudi Arabia was able to adapt to the repercussions of the pandemic and continue to develop and improve the various sectors of quality of life while implementing the precautionary measures. For instance, the tourism sector has succeeded in activating its plans and strategies and adapting them to the pandemic, which made a qualitative leap in the sector. This adaptation also applies to sports, cultural, entertainment and other sectors related to the quality of life, in addition to hosting and holding international and local events. The quality of life sectors in Saudi Arabia have continued to work and find alternatives to achieve their goals despite the pandemic, Al-Bakr added.
He pointed out that Saudi Arabia's steady progress in the World Happiness Report over the past years, comes as a confirmation of the success of the Kingdom's Vision 2030 strategy, under the supervision and leadership of His Royal Highness Crown Prince, especially in sectors related to quality of life, as the Quality of Life Program adopts the World Happiness Report as one of its reference indicators.
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