World Happiness Report 2017- Happiness may mean different things to different people and at different circumstances.
This ranking ultimately looks at which countries of the world worry the less and have the most peace of mind; countries with commendable public policies. It is a general overview of the quality of life in various countries.
The first Happiness Index report was made in 2012. Then it followed for 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
According to the World Happiness Report 2017, one of the key determinants is the real gross domestic product per capita. Thus, to arrive at the list, certain criteria were put into consideration.
- Income Rates
- Living Conditions
- Mental Health (ruling mind-set)
- Employment Rates
- Stability of family life
- Life Expectancy
It also looks at social support rating, freedom (from corruption) and generosity.
The essence of this ranking is to remind leaders that the core essence of governance is the well-being of the people. Any other goal that towers above this is simply a misplaced priority.
155 countries according to the report were assessed and ranked with a happiness score from 1-10 points.
Last year the top 1-4 happiest countries were Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark and Norway. This year, the 4 countries retained the top spot in descending order. Norway takes the cake for the World Happiness Index 2017.
“All of the top four countries rank highly on all the main factors found to support happiness: caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance. Their averages are so close that small changes can re-order the rankings from year to year.”
“All of the other countries in the top ten also have high values in all six of the key variables used to explain happiness differences among countries and through time – income, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on in times of trouble, generosity, freedom and trust, with the latter measured by the absence of corruption in business and government.”
Australia and Sweden are at a tie at the No 9th spot.
The 2017 report features the average happiness score of over 100 countries over the course of 2 years (2014-2016).
No African country made it to the top 10 last year and this year as well. The bulk of African countries were found at the bottom spots of the list.
Togo, Rwanda, Central African Republic, Burundi, and Tanzania were the least happy countries of the world, from an ascending order. So also the first 5 countries to appear on the list were Algeria, Mauritius, Libya, Morocco and Somalia.
Nigeria made it to the 95th spot on the global ranking with a 5.074 Happiness index. The West African country is at a tie with Vietnam. South Africa is at the 101st position with a score of 4.829. Kenya at 112th with 4.553, Ghana at 131st with 4.120, and Egypt at 104th with 4.735 point.
The fourth chapter of the report was dedicated to Africa with the title- Waiting For Happiness In Africa.
Here are the top 10 happiest countries in the world for 2017:
Happiness Score: 7.284
Happiness Score: 7.284
8. New Zealand
Happiness Score: 7.314
Happiness Score: 7.316
Happiness Score: 7.377
Happiness Score: 7.469
Happiness Score: 7.494
Happiness Score: 7.504
Happiness Score: 7.522
Happiness Score: 7.537