Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has urged Thais to be proud of “a stairway to success” as the country is progressing step by step to becoming a stronger nation.
In his weekly national address on television on Friday night, the premier cited the United Nations’ recent World Happiness Report 2017 ranking Thailand as the 32nd happiest country in the world, one place higher than the previous year.
“To move step by step steadily will help build country’s good image on the international stage. Please don’t destroy or distort one other but help to fix problems and develop the country,” he said.
The survey was conducted by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and ranked 155 countries by perceived happiness levels.
Prayut said several factors were taken into consideration for the ranking. They included GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life decisions, generosity, and trust as measured by a perceived absence of corruption in government and business sectors.