Nigeria ranks 91 on list of happy countries

Friday, 16 Mar, 2018

The World Happiness Report was written by a group of independent experts acting in their personal capacities.

The report was released yesterday, days before the International Day of Happiness on March 20.

Sri Lanka is happier ranking four notches up from past year in World Happiness Report Thu, Mar 15, 2018, 12:40 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka. Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka are all ahead of India in the Happiness rankings.

The least happy country, according to the list, is Burundi - as it leads a bottom 10 comprised mostly of African countries.

Four countries, Denmark, Switzerland, Norway and Finland, have held top spot in the four most recent reports. That is an 11-places drop from last year, and 15 spots behind the year before.

"Although immigrants come from countries with very different levels of happiness, their reported life evaluations converge towards those of other residents in their new countries", he said.

"In a division with such excellent teams, changes in the top spot are to be expected", he said.

Togo, in West Africa was the biggest gainer, moving up 17 positions to 139.

Even though a nation's per capita income did play a role in deciding its position on the list, it was not a primary factor in determining the ranks. The country scored poorly on factors such as generosity and perceptions of corruption.

It's barely news anymore that citizens in Scandinavian countries are among the happiest in the world. The report includes four chapters on migration, both internal (within-country) and global (cross-country), investigating the happiness of migrants, their families left behind, and others living in the cities and countries receiving migrants. The results are generally positive.

The report ranked 156 countries according to happiness levels. The analysis of immigrant happiness was based on surveys of 117 countries from 2005-2015.

Finland's largest immigrant groups come from other European nations, but there also are communities from Afghanistan, China, Iraq and Somalia. "So, yes, we have the flawless circumstances to have a happy life here in Finland", she told the Associated Press. He said they are, in his word, "doing something right in terms of creating good conditions for good lives". The aim of this report is to help the government and the whole society find their faults and become a happier nation in future. "Immigrant happiness, like that of the locally born, depends on a range of features of the social fabric, extending far beyond the higher incomes traditionally thought to inspire and reward migration". The World Economic Forum judged it one of the best countries in the world for gender equality, and it made the top 10 of the world's most environmentally friendly countries in Yale and Columbia universities' Environmental Performance Index.