As the world marks the International Day of Happiness, Nigeria has been ranked 85 out of 156 countries and second in sub-Saharan Africa in 2019.
This is according to the annual Global Happiness Policy Report produced by the Global Happiness Council, which was released on Wednesday. It was edited by John F. Helliwell, Richard Layard, Jeffrey D. Sachs, et al.
Nigeria’s ranking is an improvement from its 91 position ranking in 2018.
Finland came first as the happiest country in the world for the second year in a row, followed by Denmark, Norway, Iceland and the Netherlands.
The world’s least happy country is South Sudan followed by Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Yemen, Malawi, Syria, Botswana and Haiti.
The report ranks countries on six key variables that support wellbeing: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.
This is the seventh World Happiness Report; the first was released in April 2012 in support of a UN high-level meeting on “Wellbeing and Happiness: Defining a New Economic Paradigm”.
The report presented the available global data on national happiness and reviewed related evidence from the emerging science of happiness.
It showed that the quality of people’s lives can be coherently, reliably, and validly assessed by a variety of subjective wellbeing measures, collectively referred to then and in subsequent reports as “happiness.”
This year, the focus was on happiness and community: how happiness has been changing over the past dozen years, and how information technology, governance and social norms influence communities.
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