Rwanda and South Sudan maybe different in many aspects, but have one thing in common- they ranked among the unhappy nations globally- this is according to latest World Happiness report 2019.
Produced by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network in partnership with the Ernesto Illy Foundatio, the World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be
Rwanda is ranked 152 [out of 156 countries] while war torn South Sudan came out at the bottom of the list. Other unhappy countries in order: Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Yemen and Malawi.
Uganda is ranked 136, while Kenya is in position 121. Since the ranking was first compiled in 2012, Scandinavian countries have dominated the top. African countries are found at the other end
Six key factors were measured to establish a global ranking of the happiest countries; GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity and perceptions of corruption.
The Report is written by a group of independent experts acting in their personal capacities.
In Africa, the happiest nations include: Libya ranked 72 out of 156 countries, Nigeria 85, Algeria 88, Morrocco 89 and Cameroon at 96
Finland again takes the top spot as the happiest country in the world according to three years of surveys taken by Gallup from 2016-2018. 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 US ranked 19th dropping one spot from last year.
This year’s 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.
There is also special focus on generosity and prosocial behaviour, the effects of happiness on voting behavior, big data, and the happiness effects of internet use and addictions.
“The world is a rapidly changing place,” said Professor John Helliwell, co-editor of the report. “How communities interact with each other whether in schools, workplaces, neighborhoods or on social media has profound effects on world happiness.”
Gallup explains that it randomly selects the respondents in each country, but takes care to ensure that the group is geographically and demographically representative of the entire population aged 15 and older. The typical sample size in each country is 1,000 people.