Norwegians have something to celebrate- that is if they are not celebrating already after the Scandinavian country was named the happiest country in 2017 following a World Happiness report.
Nigeria is ranked 95th on the report with other African countries such as Algeria (53), Mauritius (64), Libya (68), Morocco (84) and Somalia (93) all ranked above the most populous black country in the world.
Norway vaulted three spots to claim the title of world’s happiest country ousting neighbours Denmark, which landed in this year’s second spot, followed by Iceland and Switzerland.
The top four countries scored high on factors that the report says are key to happiness including: “caring, freedom, generosity, honesty, health, income and good governance,” the report said.
“What works in the Nordic countries is a sense of community and understanding of the common good,” Meik Wiking, chief executive officer of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen told the Associated Press. Wiking was not part of Monday’s global scientific study.
The report’s lead author, John Helliwell, noted that they found it takes more than money to make people feel happy.
“It’s the human things that matter. If the riches make it harder to have frequent and trustworthy relationship between people, is it worth it?” said Helliwell, who is also an economist at the University of British Columbia in Canada.
The United States, meanwhile, has slid in the rankings, from 13th place last year to 14. The bottom five countries on the list were Rwanda, Syria, Tanzania, Burundi, and Central African Republic.
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