Once again, the list of the world’s happiest countries has been released shedding light on the nations where people enjoy the highest levels of well-being and satisfaction with their lives.
The World Happiness Report, a publication of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, has used statistical analysis to determine the world’s happiest countries. The ranking considers a range of economic, social, and environmental factors, and offers insights into what makes a country a great place to live.
A CNN report on this year’s release indicates that benevolence is about 25% higher than it was pre-pandemic.
“Benevolence to others, especially the helping of strangers, which went up dramatically in 2021, stayed high in 2022,” John Helliwell, one of the authors of the World Happiness Report, said in an interview with CNN.
And global happiness has not taken a hit in the three years of the Covid-19 pandemic. Life evaluations from 2020 to 2022 have been “remarkably resilient,” the report says, with global averages basically in line with the three years preceding the pandemic. Africa averages out to a score of 4.4, and there is a lot of regional variation.
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The highest score in Africa goes to the island nation of Mauritius. In addition to the country’s natural beauty and stability, there is growing economic opportunity. Mauritius is classified as an upper-middle-income country by World Bank and is one of the fastest-growing high-income markets in the world.
Sierra Leone has the lowest score of African countries that were included in the index, followed by Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of Congo. It’s worth noting, there are a few data gaps in the region, including Burundi, which is currently the poorest country in the world.
You can view the full report here.