World Happiness Report: Sierra Leone ranks 129th

This week the United Nations published findings of its survey examining world happiness. This is the 7th World Happiness Report. The first was released in April 2012. Almost all the top-ranked countries from 2016-2018 were oil-rich states and countries in Western Europe, North America, and East Asia. There were also countries in  Central America and the Caribbean. 

The survey shows that African countries are struggling with happiness. Here's how member states in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) ranked in descending order:

Nigeria 85
Ghana 98
Ivory Coast 99
Benin 102
Senegal 111
Niger 114
Burkina Faso 115
Guinea 118
Gambia 120
Mali 128
Sierra Leone 129
Togo  139
Liberia 141

***The World Happiness Report is a survey of the state of global happiness that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. This year’s World Happiness Report focuses on happiness and the community: how happiness has evolved over the past dozen years, with a focus on the technologies, social norms, conflicts and government policies that have driven those changes. Read the full report.

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