African countries continue to dominate list of the unhappiest nations in the world.
The latest rankings of the happiest nations in the world had Africa dominating the bottom half of the table.
The only country that beat these African nations was Afghanistan which occupied the bottom place of the 153 countries listed.
For the third year running Finland has been named the world’s happiest country.
Since the first report was released in 2012, only four countries have claimed the top spot: Denmark in 2012, 2013 and 2016, Switzerland in 2015, Norway in 2017, and now Finland in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
Top five happiest nations in the world
- 1) Finland
- 2 Denmark
- 3) Switzerland
- 4) Iceland
- 5) Norway
According to authors of the report the happiest places are those where people feel a sense of belonging, and trust their fellow citizens and institutions.
“The World Happiness Report has proven to be an indispensable tool for policymakers looking to better understand what makes people happy and thereby to promote the wellbeing of their citizenry,” said Jeffrey Sachs, one of the report’s editors.
He adds that “Time and again we see the reasons for wellbeing include good social support networks, social trust, honest governments, safe environments and healthy lives.”
Bottom five happiest nations in the world
- 149) Central African Republic
- 150) Rwanda
- 151) Zimbabwe
- 152) South Sudan
- 153) Afghanistan
The researchers had asked people around the world to assess their own levels of happiness, as well as taking account of factors such as national income and levels of corruption.
The report for this year was compiled long before the outbreak of the coronavirus.