Finland is World’s happiest nation while Afghanistan, Lebanon, Zimbabwe are the unhappiest

Finland has gained been named the world’s happiest country for the fifth year running, in an annual UN-sponsored index that also ranked Afghanistan as the unhappiest.

In the World Happiness table, released on Friday Finland was named the happiest country globally, with Denmark coming in second, followed by Iceland, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Serbia, Bulgaria, and Romania recorded the biggest boosts in wellbeing.

Besides the happiest countries in the world, the report also looked at the places where people are the saddest. Afghanistan ranked as the unhappiest country globally, with Lebanon, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, and Botswana rounding out the bottom five. Lebanon, Venezuela, and Afghanistan had the biggest fall.

Germany is 14, Canada, 15, United State, 15, UK is 17 and France, 20. Also, Cyprus is ranked 41, North Cyprus at 79, and Turkey is 112.

In Africa, Ghana, Gabon, Uganda and some more African countries have ranked higher above Nigeria in the list as Nigeria ranks 118, only below seventeen countries from the continent with Libya ranking number one in Africa at 86 on the log. 

The countries include South Africa (91), Gambia (93) Algeria (96), Liberia (97), Congo (99), Morocco (100), Mozambique (101), and Cameroon (102).

Others ahead of Nigeria are Senegal (103), Niger (104), Gabon (106), Guinea (109), Ghana (111), Burkina Faso (113), Benin (115), Comoros (116), and Uganda (117). 

Meanwhile, Nigeria at 118 ranked above Kenya (119), Tunisia (120), Mali (123), Namibia (124), Madagascar (128), Egypt (129), and Chad (130).

Russia and Ukraine, currently at war with each other, have been ranked 80 and 98 respectively.  

The World Happiness Report—which ranks global happiness in more than 150 countries worldwide—is released every year by the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The statisticians base the ranking on data from the Gallup World Poll and several other factors, including levels of GDP, life expectancy, and more.

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