Nigeria was ranked the 118th happiest country in the world, 2 points lower than its position last year, indicating the country’s declining perception on key indicators.
The World Happiness Report, based largely on life ratings from the Gallup World Poll, ranks Nigeria 118 out of 146 countries surveyed, with the Nordic countries dominating the top 10.
Nigeria ranks below 20 African countries with Mauritius ranking number one on the continent at 52 on the newspaper. Libya, ranked 86th in the world, is second in Africa.
The other top 20 countries in Africa are South Africa (91), Gambia (93), Algeria (96), Liberia (97), Congo (99), Morocco (100), Mozambique (101) and Cameroon (102).
Ivory Coast (88), Ghana (93), Cameroon (89), Senegal (90), Niger (94), Gambia (96), Benin (97), Guinea (100) and Burkina Faso (111) are ranked above Nigeria.
No African nation is in the top 50 places.
the world happiness report is based on factors such as healthy life expectancy, GDP per capita, social support in times of crisis, low corruption and high social trust, generosity in a community where people care for each other from others and the freedom to make key decisions in life.
Finland remains the happiest country in the world for the fifth consecutive year.
The Nordic country and its neighbors Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Iceland are well placed in the World Happiness Report.
Denmark comes second in this year’s ranking, followed by Iceland in third. Sweden and Norway are seventh and eighth respectively.
Switzerland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg placed fourth, fifth and sixth respectively while Israel is ninth and New Zealand completes the top 10.
The annual index which again ranked Afghanistan as the most unhappy, closely followed by Lebanon.
France reached their highest ranking yet, at 20th, while Canada slipped to their lowest
never ranked, at 15th, just behind Germany at 14th and closely followed by the United States and the United Kingdom at 16th and 17th respectively.
The report says overall levels of life ratings have been fairly stable over the two years of COVID-19, with modest shifts in global rankings.