Cameroon has been ranked as the 99th happiest country in the World and 7th in Africa, according to the 2018 World Happiness Report.
Cameroon ranked higher than African countries such as Gabon (103), South Africa (105) Ivory Coast (107) and Ghana (108).
In Africa, Mauritius (55), Libya (70), Algeria (84), Morocco (85), Nigeria (91), and Somalia (98) all came in ahead of Cameroon on the list.
The survey was released on Wednesday by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) as part of the UN World Happiness Day- March 20. SDSN is part of the UN’s response to the outcome of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), and its mandate to work towards a post-2015 development agenda.
Burundi in East Africa, scarred by bouts of ethnic cleansing, civil wars and coup attempts, is the unhappiest place in the world. Strikingly, there are five other nations – Rwanda, Yemen, Tanzania, South Sudan and the Central African Republic – which report happiness levels below that of even Syria.
The 2018 report assessed 156 countries happiness levels based on six factors – per capita gross domestic product, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, social support and absence of corruption in government or business. The lowest countries are typically marked by low values in all six variables.
As indicated by the report, Cameroonians seem to be happier now, as the country moved up from its previous position of 107 at the global level in 2017.
Cameroon’s position showed that despite its economic and security challenges, its citizens remained happy.
On the global stage, Finland is now the happiest country to stay in the world, displacing Norway which topped the index in 2017. Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia rounded out the top 10 countries respectively.