World Happiness Report: Nigeria Is 95th Happiest County
The World Happiness Report, which was released on Monday, March 20, placed Nigeria at 95th overall and sixth in Africa with 4.981 out of a possible 100 points.
This rating from the United Nations-sponsored World Happiness Report implies that Nigeria is the 95th happiest country in the world.
With a score of 5.902 out of 137 possible, Mauritius is rated first among African countries, followed by Algeria (5.329), South Africa (5.275), Congo Brazzaville (5.267), Guinea (5.072), Cote d’Ivoire (5.053), and Gabon (5.035).
Finland is once again ranked as the world’s happiest nation. The 5.5 million-person country has held the position for the last six years.
In the World Happiness Report which comprises over 140 countries, Afghanistan continues to maintain the last spot.
While the United Kingdom dropped two spots to the 19th, the United States rose one spot to the 15th. France’s rating dropped to number 20.
Europe was home to eight of the top ten happiest countries, with Denmark coming in second with 7.58 points.
With scores of 7.53, 7.47, and 7.40, respectively, Iceland, Israel, and The Netherlands came in third to fifth respectively.
Canada, which was rated thirteenth, rose two spots.
The sole new entry in the top 20 is Lithuania, which has climbed more than 30 places since last year.
Covid-19’s impact on World Happiness
The report concluded that the COVID-19 epidemic has not made the world less happy.
The results show that between 2020 and 2022, self-reported happiness was “remarkably resilient” across the globe despite the epidemic.
Despite several converging global crises at the time, such as the outbreak and war in Ukraine, the researchers found that the majority of countries recorded global life satisfaction scores that were just as high as those in the pre-pandemic years.
People self-reported much higher levels of benevolence — acts of kindness — than before 2020, according to interviews with more than 100,000 people in 137 countries.
The report, which is in its eleventh year, is based on survey responses from participants as well as economic and social statistics.
Based on an average over three years, it rates happiness on a scale of zero to ten.
This year, the authors also compared public sentiment before and after the COVID-19 issue using information from social media.
Outlook Of Happiness in Ukraine and Russia
War-scarred Afghanistan and Lebanon continue to rank last in the survey as the two unhappiest nations, with average life ratings more than five points worse than the ten happiest nations.
Sierra Leone performed poorly as well, dropping to position 135 and coming in third place for least happy nations with 3.14 points.
Wartorn Ukraine is ranked 92nd in the survey, an improvement of six spots from 2022, marking it the first year the rankings considered Vladimir Putin’s war.
Russia moved up the list as well, coming in at number 70, an increase of ten spots from the previous year.
The report states that both nations contributed to the global rise in generosity in 2020 and 2021.
However, in 2022, generosity increased significantly in Ukraine while declining in Russia.
Notwithstanding the severity of the pain and destruction in Ukraine, life assessments in September 2022 remained higher than they had been in the days following the annexation in 2014.
Experts say that this is because Ukrainians now feel more united, charitable, and confident in their government.