Somali Shocks Everyone In The 2017 World Happiest Countries Ranking

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The 2017 world’s Happiness Report is out and Somalia is among the countries that has surprised many with it’s rank.

The ranking, which is based on factors such as GDP per capita, life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity and public trust, among others, had Norway as the first country in the list.

Denmark, last year’s No. 1, finished second in this year’s list, followed by Iceland, Switzerland and Finland.

The United States landed at 14th place, the United Kingdom at 19th, Singapore at 26th, Japan at 51st, South Korea at 56th and Hong Kong at 71st.

Algeria leads the rest of Africa in happiness, followed by Mauritius. Libya is surprisingly ranked third, ahead of Morocco. But the biggest surprise was crisis-torn nation, Somalia, which was ranked fifth followed by a struggling Nigeria, which is facing a recession, at sixth.

South Africa, Tunisia, Egypt and Sierra Leone were ranked 7, 8, 9, 10 respectively. Kenya landed in the 13th spot.

“Happy countries are the ones that have a healthy balance of prosperity, as conventionally measured, and social capital, meaning a high degree of trust in a society, low inequality and confidence in government,” Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the SDSN and a special advisor to the United Nations Secretary-General, said in an interview.

The ranking isn’t just about money. The report also focuses on happiness at work.

“People tend to spend the majority of their lives working, so it is important to understand the role that employment and unemployment play in shaping happiness,” said Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, a professor at the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School.

“The research reveals that happiness differs considerably across employment status, job type, and industry sectors.”

The first of five World Happiness Reports was first published in April 2012 in conjunction with the U.N. High Level Meeting on happiness and well-being. Since 2012, many governments and governmental organizations have made well-being or happiness a priority.

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