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.”
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.
Somaliland region 97th
Sierra Leone 111st
South Africa 116th
Congo Kinshasa 125th
Congo Brazzaville 127th
Ivory Coast 139th
South Sudan 143rd
Burkina Faso 145th