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General News of Saturday, 25 April 2015


World's happiest country report: Ghana ranks 114

Ghana is the 114th happiest country in the world, according to the latest World’s Happiness Report 2015.

Nigeria was ranked 78th on the report and also the second happiest country in Africa with Algeria being the happiest country in Africa and ranking 68th in the world.

Some African Countries Ranking

South Africa - 113 Ghana -114 Cameroon - 133 Egypt - 135 Ivory Coast - 151 Meanwhile, the land of clocks and chocolates is the world's happiest country, according to a new survey.

Switzerland topped the third annual World Happiness index produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), an initiative under the United Nations.

It was closely followed by Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada. Embarrassed

Togo, Burundi, Benin and Rwanda, with civil-war wracked Syria, were least happy.

The survey was released on the eve of presidential elections in Togo, where one family has been in power for 48 years.

The World Happiness Report examined 158 countries and is aimed at influencing government policy.

The study bases its rankings on data from the Gallup World Poll and takes into account variables such as real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, corruption levels and social freedoms.

"Increasingly happiness is considered a proper measure of social progress and goal of public policy," the report said.

"A rapidly increasing number of national and local governments are using happiness data and research in their search for policies that could enable people to live better lives".

The SDSN is comprised of people from academia, government and the private sector and was first launched in 2012.