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World Happiness Report 2017: Nigerians 6th Happiest In Africa

Posted: 20 March, 2017 at 12:18 pm
World Happiness Report 2017: Nigerians 6th Happiest In Africa
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Despite the economic recession, Nigerians are Africa's sixth happiest people, according to a new report released on Monday.

Algeria leads the rest of Africa in happiness, followed by Mauritius. Strife- torn Libya is surprisingly ranked third, ahead of Morocco. And even a bigger surprise, another crisis-torn nation, Somalia is Africa's fifth happiest country ahead of Nigeria and South Africa, ranked 7th.

Tunisia is eighth and Egypt ninth, while Sierra Leone is tenth. At the bottom ten are Benin, Madagascar, South Sudan, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and the worst of them, Central African Republic.

On the global stage, Norway displaced Denmark as the world's happiest country The Nordic nations are the most content, according to the World Happiness Report 2017 produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative launched by the United Nations in 2012.

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa, along with Syria and Yemen, are the least happy of the 155 countries ranked in the fifth annual report released at the United Nations.

“Happy countries are the ones that have a healthy balance of prosperity, as conventionally measured, and social capital, meaning a high degree of trust in a society, low inequality and confidence in government,” Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the SDSN and a special advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General, said in an interview.

The aim of the report, he added, is to provide another tool for governments, business and civil society to help their countries find a better way to wellbeing.

Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden rounded out the top ten countries. Germany was ranked 16, followed by the United Kingdom (19) and France (31). The United States dropped one spot to 14.

Sachs said the United States is falling in the ranking due to inequality, distrust and corruption. Economic measures that the administration of President Donald Trump is trying to pursue, he added, will make things worse.

“They are all aimed at increasing inequality – tax cuts at the top, throwing people off the healthcare rolls, cutting Meals on Wheels in order to raise military spending. I think everything that has been proposed goes in the wrong direction,” he explained.

The rankings are based on six factors — per capita gross domestic product, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, social support and absence of corruption in government or business.

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we are happiest country with massive number of challenged in and out. - auwalmukhtar070@gmail.com
upon all the hardships in the country. - Lilian Nnedinso
We are a happy country cos we are appreciating what God blessed us with and we'll keep being happy as long as we're appreciating what He (God) is giving us - Ibrahimmuhammad0092@gmail.com
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