World Happiness Index 2016 — See The List Of Countries


The World Happiness Index just published the list of the happiest countries of 2016. This makes it the fourth Happiness index since it’s debut in 2012. The list was published today ahead of the United Nation’s World Happiness Day set for 20th March. The result believes that calculations of population well-being is beneficial to assessing the progress of nations and quality of human development.

Topping the list this year is Denmark, followed closely by Switzerland, Iceland, and Norway. You may wonder how happiness can be measured from country to country. The organization says it uses rankings which are “based on answers to the main life evaluation question asked in the poll. This is called the Cantril ladder: it asks respondents to think of a ladder, with the best possible life for them being a 10, and the worst possible life being a 0. They are then asked to rate their own current lives on that 0 to 10 scale.”

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The answers generated from the poll are then rated based on six factors; levels of GDP, life expectancy, generosity, social support, freedom, and corruption. The results are also compared to Dystopia, which is a fictional realm the organization created to represent everything miserable. This stands as a criteria that all countries must pass to make a better graph.

The data which was collected from 157 countries has no African country listed under the first 57. In order of rankings, these are the African countries and their Happiness index.

Libya 67th

Somalia 76th

Morocco 90th

Somaliland region 97th

Nigeria 163rd

Zambia 106th

Sierra Leone 111st

Namibia 113rd

Cameroon 114th

Ethiopia 115th

South Africa 116th

Egypt 120th

Kenya 122nd

Ghana 124th

Congo Kinshasa 125th

Congo Brazzaville 127th

Senegal 128th

Mauritius 130th

Zimbabwe 131st

Malawi 132nd

Sudan 133rd

Gabon 134th

Mali 135th

Botswana 137th

Ivory Coast 139th

Angola 141st

Niger 142nd

South Sudan 143rd

Chad 144th

Burkina Faso 145th

Uganda 146th

Madagascar 148th

Tanzania 149th

Liberia 150th

Guinea 151st

Rwanda 152nd

Benin 153rd

Togo 155th

Burundi 157th

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