South Sudan, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and the Central African Republic (CAR) are amongst the unhappiest countries in the world, according to the UN’s World Happiness Index
Only Afghanistan beats them to bottom place of the 153 countries listed.
Finland has been named the world’s happiest country for the third year running.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation ranks number number 115. Other African countries ranking ahead of Nigeria are Libya (80), Ivory Coast (85), Benin (86), Congo (88), Ghana (91), Morocco (97), Cameroon (98), Algeria (100), Senegal (101), Guinea (102), Niger (103), Gabon (108), South Africa (109), Burkina Faso (112), Gambia (113) and Mali (114)
Nordic countries make up four of the top five places with the authors saying the happiest places are those where people feel a sense of belonging, and trust their fellow citizens and institutions.
World Happiness Index 2017 – 2019 Rankings 1 -52
The researchers asked people around the world to assess their own levels of happiness, as well as taking account of factors such as national income and levels of corruption.
World Happiness Index 2017 – 2019 Rankings 53 -104
This year’s report was compiled before the coronavirus pandemic.
World Happiness Index 2017 – 2019 Rankings 105 -153
- 1) Finland
- 2 Denmark
- 3) Switzerland
- 4) Iceland
- 5) Norway
- 149) Central African Republic
- 150) Rwanda
- 151) Zimbabwe
- 152) South Sudan
- 153) Afghanistan
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