How happy is your country? Where does your country rank in the World Happiness Report 2017? The World Happiness Report 2017 ranks 155 countries by their happiness level. The ranking is released today at the United Nations event celebrating International Day of Happiness. This report has been released since 2012. This year therefore makes it the 5th year of existence. Due to its continuous acceptance and global recognition, governments, organizations and civil society increasingly use happiness indicators to inform their policy-making decisions.
The World Happiness Report 2017 is an initiative of the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The report took into account several factors to arrive at the conclusions drawn. The factors include but not limited to real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy at birth, freedom to make life choices, generosity and perceptions of corruption. From the report, Norway is the happiest country in the world and is closely followed by Denmark which they replaced this year. In releasing the report, Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the SDSN and a special advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General, said in an interview “Happy countries are the ones that have a healthy balance of prosperity, as conventionally measured, and social capital, meaning a high degree of trust in a society, low inequality and confidence in government,”.
Top 20 Happiest Countries World Happiness Report 2017
- New Zealand
- Costa Rica
- United Kingdom
Note: Australia and Sweden are both ranked 9th in the world.
World Happiness Report 2017 – Africa
Coming to Africa, Algeria leads the rest of Africa in happiness, followed by Mauritius. Quite surprisingly, strife-torn Libya is ranked third, ahead of Morocco. And even a bigger surprise, another crisis-torn nation, Somalia is Africa’s fifth happiest country ahead of Nigeria and South Africa, ranked 7th. Tunisia is eighth and Egypt ninth, while Sierra Leone is tenth. Here are the top 10 in Africa.
- South Africa
- Sierra Leone
From this ranking, where does your country rank in the World Happiness Report 2017? What do you have to say about the Africa ranking as well as the USA ranking 14th happiest country? Let us hear from you. Thank you.