Nigeria has been ranked the 59th happiest country in the world and second happiest in Africa, despite the problems of unemployment, insecurity and wobbling economy.
Mauritius is ranked 1st in Africa and 44th globally.
The rankings are contained in the happiness report, released on Friday, March 19, and published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network(SDSN) and the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) at the Columbia University, USA.
The Happiness report is released annually to measure the amount of joy in the world.
The report disclosed that there is much more happiness in Nigeria than there is in several other countries across the world, despite the rising unemployment, increasing insecurity and a struggling economy in the country.
Ghana, ranked third in Africa’s top five is sitting at the 65th spot in the world. Cote d’Ivoire is 4th in Africa and 70th globally while Cameroon is 5th in the continent and 71st in the world.
The report further disclosed that the happiest people in the world are in Finland. They are closely followed by Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands to wrap up the top five in the world.
Since 2017, Finland has remained the world’s happiest place.
According to the Hindustam Times, the United Nations has celebrated the International Day of Happiness since 2013 and it is celebrated as a way of recognising the importance of happiness in the lives of people around the world.
In 2015, the UN launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which seek to end poverty, reduce inequality, and protect the planet which are the three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness.
The General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 66/281 of 12 July 2012 proclaimed 20 March the International Day of Happiness, recognizing the relevance of happiness and well-being as universal.