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Rwanda is ranked just four places behind South Sudan, a country that has been ravaged by civil war. Courtesy photo

Rwanda Ranked Among Most Miserable Countries in the World

Rwanda is the fifth most miserable country in the world after South Sudan, C.A.R which have suffered civil war for a long time
posted onMarch 20, 2019

Finland has topped a global happiness ranking for the second year in a row while Uganda ranks second happiest country in East Africa after Kenya.

On the other hand, Rwanda is the fifth most miserable country in the world after South Sudan, Central Africa Republic, Tanzania and Afghanistan which have suffered war for a long time apart from Tanzania.

Finland beat Nordic peers Denmark, Norway, and Iceland in a ranking of 156 countries by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

The ranking saw the U.S. drop one place, to 19th, while people in South Sudan were the least happy.

The results are based on an average of three years of surveys taken by Gallup between 2016 and 2018 and include factors such as gross domestic product, social support from friends and family, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity, perceived corruption and recent emotions -- both happy and sad.

According to the report published on Wednesday, Finland has witnessed modest but steady gains since 2014, and the country is now “significantly ahead” of other countries in the top 10, the researchers said.

The data “offer the world’s governments and individuals the opportunity to rethink public policies as well as individual life choices, to raise happiness and well-being,” said Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. “We are in an era of rising tensions and negative emotions and these findings point to underlying challenges that need to be addressed.” 

Additional reporting by Bloomberg

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