Nigeria world’s 95th happiest nation — Report

Nigerian economy improved slightly in 2016, but remains in recession -- NBS [Photo Credit:]

Nigeria has been ranked the 95th happiest nation of the world and sixth in Africa in the 2017 World Happiness Report.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the ranking assessed 155 countries by their happiness levels.

It was released on Monday by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) as part of the UN World Happiness Day — March 20.

According to the report, Nigeria advanced from 103 position in the world and maintained its stand as the sixth happiest country in Africa as indicated by 2016 happiness ranking.

Nigeria’s position showed that in spite of its current economic recession and security challenges, its citizens remained happy.

Algeria maintained its lead as the happiest country in Africa, followed by Mauritius, while crisis-torn Libya is surprisingly ranked third ahead of Morocco.

The report also indicated that Somalia, another crisis-torn nation, is Africa’s 5th happiest country ahead of Nigeria and South Africa which ranked 7th.

Tunisia is placed at number eight; Egypt stands at nine and Sierra Leone in the 10th position.

At the bottom 10 are Republic of Benin, Madagascar, South Sudan, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and the most unhappy, Central African Republic.

On the global stage, Norway has trumped Denmark as the world’s happiest country in a report that calls on nations to build social trust and equality to improve wellbeing.

Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, the Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden rounded out the top 10 countries.

Germany was ranked 16th, the U.K. 19th and France 31st while U.S. dropped one spot to 14th.

According to the report, countries in sub-Saharan Africa, along with Syria and Yemen were the least happy.

South Sudan, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and Central African Republic were at the bottom.

NAN reports that the World Happiness Report, an initiative of the UN, is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness, aimed at influencing government policy.

The report reviews the state of happiness in the world and shows how the new science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness.

It reflects a new worldwide demand for more attention to happiness as criteria for government policy.

The rankings are based on six factors — per capita gross domestic product, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, social support and absence of corruption in government or business.

The lowest countries are typically marked by low values in all six variables.



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  • Watch man

    The report is grossly flawed for two reasons:
    1. There is no information about the comprehensive parameters and methodology used in arriving at the conclusion
    2. Happiness is an emotion that is psyche-dependent and therefore assessing it would be very subjective. Consequently there is no way of truly knowing who is genuinely happy.
    A few years ago a report was published that Nigeria was the happiest nation on earth. This again is subjective. So, this kind of report should not necessarily elate anyone or otherwise.

    • Watch man

      “The rankings are based on six factors — per capita gross domestic
      product, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, social support
      and absence of corruption in government or business.”

      The six measurable factors are mundane and subjective. For instance, 4000 yrs ago people lived up to 180yrs but did not have most of the good things of life we have today. So, there is more to life than these six factors.

  • Al

    I will rather suggest we are the worst unhappy people in African then follow by South Africans

    • Deansmart

      Another amnesty international AI You would have loved it if we are at the bottom, shame, we are not ,enemy of our great nation

    • Clarion Calls


      Buhari, Buhari, Buhari.
      Nigeria is dying. Nigeria’s people are suffering. The whole economy
      of Nigeria has shrunk under your incompetent government – for the first time
      in 25 years. The national currency is tumbling to the floor. Factories are
      closing. There’s no electricity supply nationwide. Violent crimes are overwhelming
      Nigeria’s communities with robberies, rape and murder. Living has become
      impossible without crimes and thefts. What do you need Ambassadors for in this
      dismal situation, when your country has no productive capacity under your
      ignorant mismanagement of the national economy. Forget your list of Ambassadors.
      Throw it away and start thinking.

      Every government in the world comes up with an anti-recession plan,
      except your shambolic government. You have made Nigeria worse than you met it
      and corruptly appointed ignoramuses into public office on nepotic or tribal
      basis – including those who can’t think properly but whose sponsors were also
      the financiers of your election campaign. You got it all wrong from day one
      when you took a presidential office as if it is the stool of an Emir to be seen
      in flowing gown even if with an empty head. The result of your vacuous mind-set
      is three [3] consecutive quarters of economic recession in Nigeria and still

      • Mufu Ola

        You are one of those “unhappy” indices that made us 95th. We could have been among d top ten but how can we be with your likes & the perpetually miserable Biafrans.

  • Rommel