Nigeria is 87th happiest country in the world

Nigeria has been ranked the 87 happiest nation of the world in the 2019 World Happiness Report. The survey was released on Wednesday, March 20 by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) as part of the International Day of Happiness.

As indicated by the report, Nigerians seems to be happier now, as the country moved up from its previous position of 91 in 2018.

The happiest countries

Finland retained the top spot as the happiest country in the world. Rounding out the rest of the top ten are countries that have consistently ranked among the happiest. They are in order: Denmark, Norway, Iceland, Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Austria.

The least happy countries

South Sudan displaced Burundi as the unhappiest country in the world. The is followed by Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Yemen, Malawi, Syria, Botswana and Haiti.

About the report

The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness that ranks 156 countries using six metrics: GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, the freedom to make life choices, social support, generosity, and perceptions of corruption.

This year’s World Happiness Report focuses on happiness and the community: how happiness has evolved over the past dozen years, with a focus on the technologies, social norms, conflicts and government policies that have driven those changes.

Insight from report

Research summarised in the report shows that happier people are not only more likely to engage in politics and vote, but are also more likely to vote for incumbent parties. Increases in national happiness were shown to be a better predictor that a government will be re-elected than conventional economic indicators such as GDP growth, unemployment and inflation.

Download full report here

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