In the latest World Happiness Report, Nigeria has been ranked 114th among 146 nations surveyed, with Nordic nations dominating the top 10.
In West Africa, Nigeria ranked ahead of Mali,(115), Liberia(118), Chad (125), Mauritania(131), Togo (133), Sierra Leone (135).
However, Ivory Coast (83), Ghana (93), Cameroon(89), Senegal(90), Niger(94), Gambia(96), Benin(97), Guinea(100) and Burkina Faso(111) are ranked much happier nations than Nigeria.
Mauritius at 49 in the world is the happiest nation in Africa.
The scoring is based on factors such as healthy life expectancy, GDP per capita, social support in times of trouble, low corruption and high social trust, generosity in a community where people look after each other and freedom to make key life decisions.
For the fifth year in a row, Finland is the world’s happiest country, based largely on life evaluations from the Gallup World Poll.
The Nordic country and its neighbours Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland all score very well
Denmark comes in at No. 2 in this year’s rankings, followed by Iceland at No. 3. Sweden and Norway are seventh and eighth, respectively.
Switzerland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg take places 4 through 6, with Israel coming in at No. 9 and New Zealand rounding out the top 10.
Canada (No. 15), the United States (No. 16) and the United Kingdom (No. 17) all made it into the top 20.
The world’s top 20 happiest countries, 2022 edition
- New Zealand
- United States
- United Kingdom
- Czechia (Czech Republic)