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Nigeria ranks 95th as Norway displaces Denmark as happiest country in the world



Nigeria ranks 95th as Norway displaces Denmark as happiest country in the world

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.

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“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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  1. yanju omotodun

    March 20, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    I disagree with this rating. We are the most happiest people in the world who can storm all weather. How many Norwegian can face what a typical Nigerian faces and still remain happy. To hell with their ratings.

    • seyi jelili

      March 20, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      Keep shut. Go rate your own if you are not satisfied with theirs. You think your father is happy and excited?

      • Amarachi Okoye

        March 21, 2017 at 3:37 am

        It hasn’t gut to that so been happy is a thing of choice not insult OK. if Norway is a place of happiness so be it and match forward to it

  2. Roland Uchendu Pele

    March 20, 2017 at 5:34 pm

    Nigerians are happy people, that I am very sure of.
    We may not rate high in the report but for sure, we know how tostand whatever situation that comes our way.
    Thumbs up, Nigerians!

  3. Animashaun Ayodeji

    March 20, 2017 at 5:47 pm

    Nigeria is still very much overrated as a country, 97.525% of the people in this country called Nigeria are not happy, how can we now rank in 95th position? This is a big and fat lie!

    • Anita Kingsley

      March 20, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Bros, abeg speak for yourself, if you aren’t not happy, that is your headache, visit the hospital, perhaps see a psychiatrist. I am very very happy, why won’t I be happy? My life is in order, I’m living a healthy life, why won’t I be happy and thankful?

  4. Agbor Chris

    March 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm

    Ripples is too much! Thanks for making this report available, I have no reason to go to US again, Norway all the way. There visa won’t even as hard as US, UK. NOrway is where the happiness is, Nigeria, thanks for keeping me sad all these while, I’m porting to Norway this year!


    March 20, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    Please can anyone tell me the yardsticks these people are using to measure happiness of each country? Because underdeveloped countries definitely can’t be the most happiest because nothing to show for it. And to me, these happiness rating of a thing is meaningless.

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