Finland is the world happiest country, Nigeria comes distance 59
Despite the ongoing pandemic that has killed more than 2.6 million people around the globe, Finland has been named the happiest country in the world.
This is the fourth year in a row, Finland will emerge top on the list, according to the results of the 2021 World Happiness Report.
Iceland coming in second, followed by Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Nigeria emerged 59 on the list, advancing from 80 positions in the previous year’s rating.
Nigeria ranked ahead of Ghana, which was at number 65, Ivory Coast at number 70 and South Africa at number 76.
The U.S. shot up to number 14—up four spots from last year when it ranked 18, even beating out her neighbors in Canada who slipped to number 15 this year.
In the 2019 World Happiness Report, the United States was even lower, at number 19.
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Launched in 2012, the World Happiness Report is an annual survey conducted by the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
The survey ranks global happiness in countries around the world. Typically, the statisticians base the ranking on data from the Gallup World Poll.
But this year was a bit different. Since the researchers were unable to do face-to-face interviews in a number of countries, they focused on the relationship between well-being and Covid-19 in order to rank the countries.
“Surprisingly there was not, on average, a decline in well-being when measured by people’s own evaluation of their lives,” said University of British Columbia professor John Helliwell, one of the people behind the report.
“One possible explanation is that people see Covid-19 as a common, outside threat affecting everybody and that this has generated a greater sense of solidarity and fellow-feeling.”