Algeria maintained its lead as the happiest country in Africa for yet another year according to the World Happiness Report 2017 released on Monday by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) as part of the UN World Happiness Day — March 20.
World Happiness Report, an initiative of the UN, is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness, aimed at influencing government policy.
Nigeria has been ranked the 95th happiest nation of the world and sixth in Africa in the 2017 World Happiness Report.
Algeria was followed by Mauritius, while crisis-torn Libya is surprisingly ranked third ahead of Morocco.
According to the report, Somalia, another crisis-torn nation, is Africa’s 5th happiest country ahead of Nigeria and South Africa which ranked 7th.
In the top ten are also Tunisia is placed at number eight; Egypt at nine and Sierra Leone in the 10th position.
At the bottom 10 are Republic of Benin, Madagascar, South Sudan, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and the most unhappy, Central African Republic.
On the international stage, Norway has trumped Denmark as the world’s happiest country, while the former happiest country takes second places. Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, the Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden rounded out the top 10 countries.
World Happiness Report reviews the state of happiness in the world, reflecting a new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness as criteria for government policy.
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.
The lowest countries are typically marked by low values in all six variables.