Ghana ranked 124th on Global Happiness Index

Pres John Dramani Mahama

Pres John Dramani Mahama

Ghana has been ranked 124th in the 2016 World Happiness Index released to commemorate the United Nations (UN) International Day of Happiness which fell yesterday.

Ghana fell behind African countries like Algeria, Libya, Nigeria, Zambia, Sierra Leone, Namibia, Cameroun, Ethiopia, South Africa, Egypt and Kenya in a survey conducted on the state of global happiness in 157 countries around the world.

According to the report, Denmark is the happiest place on earth with Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden joining in the top ten.

The United States was 13th on the rank, Germany, 16th, United Kingdom, 23rd, France, 32nd, while Burundi came last.

Analysis of the survey, according to the report issued by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, is based on individual life evaluations, where people are asked to put a value on their level of general happiness from zero to ten, with zero representing the worst possible life and ten, the best possible life.

The factors that were considered for each country, in addition to the life evaluation of the respondents, are the GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption.

The survey also considered the inequality of happiness within and among countries around the world.

The International Day of Happiness which is celebrated throughout the world on  March 20 every year, was founded on June 28, 2012 by the United Nations General Assembly when all 193 member states unanimously adopted UN resolution 66/281.

By Yaw Kyei  

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