- South Africa has been ranked the 105th happiest country in the world, down from 101st last year
- The report by the UN takes average income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity into consideration into consideration
- Countries like Somalia, Pakistan and even occupied Palestine ranked higher than Mzansi
The last couple of years has been rough for most South Africans, as a nation we have stumbled from one political crisis to the next, our economy has virtually ground to a halt and even our sports teams are letting us down.
South Africans are by-enlarge a happy bunch and we can usually look past the doom and gloom to find a silver lining, but Mzansi is feeling blue and that’s official.
South Africa has dropped four places on the United Nation’s (UN) World Happiness Report, we are now ranked 105th out of 156 counties. This means that places like famine-plagued Somalia, terrorist-prone Pakistan and occupied Palestine are happier than we are.
Briefly.co.za discovered that the report takes average income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity into consideration when calculating its rankings.
Finland jumped from fifth place last year to take the top spot this year. The unhappiest country in the world is Burundi.
In Africa countries which are happier than South Africa are Mauritius (55), Libya (70), Algeria (84), Morocco (85), Nigeria (91) Somalia (98), Cameroon (99) and Gabon (103).
We can only hope that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s election will spark a change in fortunes and lead to happier lives for all South Africans.
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