Nigeria has been ranked in 59th position in the latest happiness index released on Friday, 19 March, putting the country above countries like Russia, Georgia, Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and others.
According to the ranking index of the report released, Finland was ranked the world’s happiest country while Zimbabwe was ranked last in the ranking comprising 95 countries.
According to the report published on the organisation’s website, Nigerians are even happier than some countries in Europe including Russia which was ranked 60th, Georgia, ranked 73rd, and North Macedonia ranked 75th.
Mauritius which was ranked 44th was ahead of Nigeria among African countries in terms of happiness. Other African countries on the rank include Ghana, 65th; Ivory Coast, 70th; Cameroon, 71st; South Africa, 76th; Zambia, 79th; Morocco, 80th; Tunisia, 82nd; Uganda, 83rd; Ethiopia, 85th; Kenya, 86th; Egypt, 87th, Namibia, 88th.
Two African countries occupied the last positions on the ladder. While Tanzania occupied the 94th position, Zimbabwe occupied the 95th position as the least happy country in the world.
The first six positions of the happiest nations in the world were occupied by those called Nordic countries, indicating that there is something unique that always makes the citizens of those countries happy all the time.
While Finland retained its first position as the world’s happiest country, Iceland was ranked second, Denmark came third, Switzerland came fourth, the Netherlands came fifth and Sweden came sixth.
In the list, United States, Britain, Canada, Belgium and France did not do well in the ranking. While the United States came 14th, Canada was 15th, Belgium was 17th, the United Kingdom was in the 18th position and France was 20th on the ranking.
Full rankings: The 2021 World Happiness Report
5. the Netherlands
9. New Zealand
14. United States
16. the Czech Republic
18. United Kingdom
21. Saudi Arabia
27. the United Arab Emirates
50. South Korea
52. China (excluding Hong Kong)
58. Bosnia and Herzegovina
61. El Salvador
66. Hong Kong
70. Ivory Coast
72. the Dominican Republic
74. the Philippines
75. North Macedonia
76. South Africa