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Are Tanzanians less Happy than Kenyans?

Tanzania has registered a disappointing 3.7 score in the just released ‘World Happiness Report 2022.’

The country falls short of its immediate neighbour, Kenya which has scored 4.5.

It seems people in Uganda are slightly happier at 4.6.

Rwanda is the unhappiest country in East Africa at 3.3.

Data from the other East African countries, Burundi and South Sudan are not available.

On the other hand, with a regional score of 4.5, Africa ranks as the unhappiest continent worldwide.

Africa’s ranking. Mauritius is the happiest, Zimbabwe the saddest.

Worldwide happiness ranking comes in at an average score of 5.6, which according to WHR is a slight improvement since last year’s report.

Finland is the happiest country having scored 7.8. Afghanistan is the saddest country in the world at 2.4.

Zimbabwe with 3.0 score, remains the unhappy country in Africa, as it continues to struggle with high levels of poverty.

In 2021, approximately 6.1 million people in the country were living below the international poverty line.

Mauritius remains the happiest country on the African continent, likely because of its relatively high levels of income.

It’s worth noting that Mauritius became a High-Income country in July 2020, but slipped back to its Upper-Middle-Income status in 2021 because of the global pandemic.

Other happiness rankings in Africa, not in particular order, are as follows:

South Africa scored 5.2. Egypt (4.3). Nigeria (4.6). Madagascar (4.3). Ethiopia (4.2). Comoros (4.6). Mozambique (5.0). Malawi tied with Zambia at 3.8.

World Happiness Report uses global survey data to report how people evaluate their own lives in more than 150 countries worldwide. The World Happiness Report 2022 reveals a bright light in dark times. The pandemic brought not only pain and suffering but also an increase in social support and benevolence.

World Happiness Report 2022

Ukraine is the least happy in Europe.

You can read more about the report Here

Within a third year of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that countries worldwide are still reeling from the pandemic’s devastating health, social, and economic impact.

It’s also unclear when things will fully return to normal—if ever. But on the bright side, countries are slowly showing signs of recovery.

How happiness levels are measured in this report.

Some clear indicators are health and wealth, which are measured using key metrics like GDP per capita and life expectancy rates.

The report also looks at more intangible aspects by collecting survey responses from each country, to gauge things like:

  • Social support
  • Freedom to make life choices
  • Generosity
  • Perceptions of government/ business corruption
  • Positive affect
  • Negative affect

Similar to last year, the report takes special considerations to track how COVID-19 has impacted aspects of our daily lives, and how it’s affected global happiness levels.

The World Happiness Report is a publication of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, powered by the Gallup World Poll data.

The Report is supported by The Ernesto Illy Foundation, illycaffè, Davines Group, Unilever’s largest ice cream brand Wall’s, The Blue Chip Foundation, The William, Jeff, and Jennifer Gross Family Foundation, The Happier Way Foundation, and The Regenerative Society Foundation.

The World Happiness Report 2022 was written by a group of independent experts acting in their personal capacities.

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