Ghana has gone down 30 places according to the recent World Happiness Ranking Report 2021 to rank 95th position globally 30 places below 65th position in the 2020 Report.
Compiled by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, the World Happiness Report uses data from surveys of more than 350,000 people in 95 countries, conducted by the polling company Gallup.
It asks respondents to indicate, on a scale of one to ten, how much social support they can rely on if something goes wrong, whether they feel they have the freedom to make their own life choices and how generous they are, among other questions.
In the latest report, which ranks 149 nations globally, Ghana trails Mauritius and others in Africa. Mauritius is the happiest place in Africa and 50th, globally.
Africa’s happiest top ten happiest countries are Mauritius, Libya, Congo (Brazzaville), Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Senegal, Ghana, Niger, Benin and Gambia.
Neighbouring Nigeria has also witnessed a significant drop on the ranking list following a fall by 57 places to rank 116th. They ranked 59th in the 2020 Report.
Finland holds the top spot as the happiest place in the world for the fourth year running in the annual report. The 2021 report focuses on the effects of COVID-19 and how people all over the world have fared.
“Our aim was two-fold, first to focus on the effects of COVID-19 on the structure and quality of people’s lives, and second to describe and evaluate how governments all over the world have dealt with the pandemic. In particular, we try to explain why some countries have done so much better than others,” compilers explain.
According to the report, the world’s top 10 happiest countries in 2021 include Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. The rest are Sweden, Germany, Norway, New Zealand and Austria in that order.