The world’s happiest countries REVEALED: Finland comes top while Uganda is placed at 136th

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Ndere Centre, Kampala, Uganda. /COURTESY PHOTO
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AT Team

Uganda considered by many not only to be the friendliest country in Africa but also a happy people has been placed at 136th, with a ranking of 4.189 compared to Finland that took the top spot of world’s happiest with a score of 7.769.

The World Happiness Report, that has just been released, ranked 156 countries by happiness levels, based on factors such as life expectancy, social support and corruption.

Finland was crowned the happiest country in the world for the second year in a row, leading a top ten that is made up of five Nordic nations.

Propping up the table was South Sudan with a score of just 2.853. The report also found that America was getting less happy each year even as the country became richer – falling from 14th place in two years.

The bottom ten also included Central African Republic, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Rwanda, Yemen, Malawi, Syria, Botswana, Haiti and Zimbabwe.

It is the second year the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network evaluated these countries by the happiness and well-being of their immigrants as part of the annual report.

Meik Wiking, CEO of the Copenhagen-based Happiness Research Institute, said the five Nordic countries that reliably rank high in the index ‘are doing something right in terms of creating good conditions for good lives,’ something newcomers have noticed.

He said the happiness revealed in the survey derives from healthy amounts of both personal freedom and social security that outweigh residents having to pay ‘some of the highest taxes in the world.’

The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. The report is produced by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network in partnership with the Ernesto Illy Foundation.

‘Briefly put, (Nordic countries) are good at converting wealth into well-being,’ Wiking said.

All the top countries tend to have high values for all six of the key variables that have been found to support well-being: income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity.

Happiness rankings per country

  1. Finland (7.769)
  2. Denmark (7.600)
  3. Norway (7.554)
  4. Iceland (7.494)
  5. Netherlands (7.488)
  6. Switzerland (7.480)
  7. Sweden (7.343)
  8. New Zealand (7.307)
  9. Canada (7.278)
  10. Austria (7.246)
  11. Australia (7.228)
  12. Costa Rica (7.167)
  13. Israel (7.139)
  14. Luxembourg (7.090)
  15. United Kingdom (7.054)
  16. Ireland (7.021)
  17. Germany (6.985)
  18. Belgium (6.923)
  19. United States (6.892)
  20. Czech Republic (6.852)
  21. United Arab Emirates (6.825)
  22. Malta (6.726)
  23. Mexico (6.595)
  24. France (6.592)
  25. Taiwan Province of China (6.446)
  26. Chile (6.444)
  27. Guatemala (6.436)
  28. Saudi Arabia (6.375)
  29. Qatar (6.374)
  30. Spain (6.354)
  31. Panama (6.321)
  32. Brazil (6.300)
  33. Uruguay (6.293)
  34. Singapore (6.262)
  35. El Salvador (6.253)
  36. Italy (6.223)
  37. Bahrain (6.199)
  38. Slovakia (6.198)
  39. Trinidad and Tobago (6.192)
  40. Poland (6.182)
  41. Uzbekistan (6.174)
  42. Lithuania (6.149)
  43. Colombia (6.125)
  44. Slovenia (6.118)
  45. Nicaragua (6.105)
  46. Kosovo (6.100)
  47. Argentina (6.086)
  48. Romania (6.070)
  49. Cyprus (6.046)
  50. Ecuador (6.028)
  51. Kuwait (6.021)
  52. Thailand (6.008)
  53. Latvia (5.940)
  54. South Korea (5.895)
  55. Estonia (5.893)
  56. Jamaica (5.890)
  57. Mauritius (5.888)
  58. Japan (5.886)
  59. Honduras (5.860)
  60. Kazakhstan (5.809)
  61. Bolivia (5.779)
  62. Hungary (5.758)
  63. Paraguay (5.743)
  64. North Cyprus (5.718)
  65. Peru (5.697)
  66. Portugal (5.693)
  67. Pakistan (5.653)
  68. Russia (5.648)
  69. Philippines (5.631)
  70. Serbia (5.603)
  71. Moldova (5.529)
  72. Libya (5.525)
  73. Montenegro (5.523)
  74. Tajikistan (5.467)
  75. Croatia (5.432)
  76. Hong Kong SAR, China (5.430)
  77. Dominican Republic (5.425)
  78. Bosnia and Herzegovina (5.386)
  79. Turkey (5.373)
  80. Malaysia (5.339)
  81. Belarus (5.323)
  82. Greece (5.287)
  83. Mongolia (5.285)
  84. Macedonia (5.274)
  85. Nigeria (5.265)
  86. Kyrgyzstan (5.261)
  87. Turkmenistan (5.247)
  88. Algeria (5.211)
  89. Morocco (5.208)
  90. Azerbaijan (5.208)
  91. Lebanon (5.197)
  92. Indonesia (5.192)
  93. China (5.191)
  94. Vietnam (5.175)
  95. Bhutan (5.082)
  96. Cameroon (5.044)
  97. Bulgaria (5.011)
  98. Ghana (4.996)
  99. Ivory Coast (4.944)
  100. Nepal (4.913)
  101. Jordan (4.906)
  102. Benin (4.883)
  103. Congo (Brazzaville) (4.812)
  104. Gabon (4.799)
  105. Laos (4.796)
  106. South Africa (4.722)
  107. Albania (4.719)
  108. Venezuela (4.707)
  109. Cambodia (4.700)
  110. Palestinian Territories (4.696)
  111. Senegal (4.681)
  112. Somalia (4.668)
  113. Namibia (4.639)
  114. Niger (4.628)
  115. Burkina Faso (4.587)
  116. Armenia (4.559)
  117. Iran (4.548)
  118. Guinea (4.534)
  119. Georgia (4.519)
  120. Gambia (4.516)
  121. Kenya (4.509)
  122. Mauritania (4.490)
  123. Mozambique (4.466)
  124. Tunisia (4.461)
  125. Bangladesh (4.456)
  126. Iraq (4.437)
  127. Congo (Kinshasa) (4.418)
  128. Mali (4.390)
  129. Sierra Leone (4.374)
  130. Sri Lanka (4.366)
  131. Myanmar (4.360)
  132. Chad (4.350)
  133. Ukraine (4.332)
  134. Ethiopia (4.286)
  135. Swaziland (4.212)
  136. Uganda (4.189)
  137. Egypt (4.166)
  138. Zambia (4.107)
  139. Togo (4.085)
  140. India (4.015)
  141. Liberia (3.975)
  142. Comoros (3.973)
  143. Madagascar (3.933)
  144. Lesotho (3.802)
  145. Burundi (3.775)
  146. Zimbabwe (3.663)
  147. Haiti (3.597)
  148. Botswana (3.488)
  149. Syria (3.462)
  150. Malawi (3.410)
  151. Yemen (3.380)
  152. Rwanda (3.334)
  153. Tanzania (3.231)
  154. Afghanistan (3.203)
  155. Central African Republic (3.083)
  156. South Sudan (2.853)

1 COMMENT

  1. Your statement “Uganda considered by many to be the friendliest country in Africa has been placed at 136th, with a ranking of 4.189 compared to Finland that took the top spot of world’s happiest with a score of 7.769.” is very clear with the word friendliest, i want to get something clear here, is being friendly and happy the same. The factors considered were social factors, life expectancy and corruption are they what make people friendly or un happy. Uganda is still a friendly nation that’s why even with the corruption levels and everything, tourists rarely get any trouble with the nationals.

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