UN report ranks Kenya as the happiest country in Eastern Africa

Nairobi also ranked first in Africa in terms of less negative affect

File image of Gideon Moi, Musalia Mudavadi and President Uhuru Kenyatta laughing

Kenya has been ranked as the happiest nation in East and Central Africa in a new report by the United Nations.

The study established that Kenyans are more positive and hopeful despite the challenges that the country faces.

Finland retained its top position globally followed by Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland and Norway .

Libya tops the list at position 80, followed by Cote d’Ivoire (85), Benin (86), Congo Brazzaville (88) and Ghana (91).

The study ranked Kenya at position 121 out of the 153 countries that were covered in the study.

In the continent, Kenya ranks at position 18.

Uganda ranked at position 126, Burundi (140), Tanzania (148), Rwanda (150).

The last two countries are South Sudan followed by war-torn Afghanistan that ranked at the very bottom.

The survey was based on several parameters, including social support, Gross Domestic Product, per capita income, life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity and perception on corruption.

The World Happiness study which is conducted annually by the Earth Institute of Columbia University also ranked cities according to how positively their inhabitants evaluate their lives on average and how positively their inhabitants evaluate their expected future.

It measured issues such as positive affect, defined as the average of laughter and enjoyment, and negative affect, defined as the average of previous-day measures for worry, sadness and anger.

Kenya’s capital, Nairobi tops African cities at position 56 on future life evaluation.

In the same category, Mogadishu comes second at 98, Dar es Salaam (138), Kigali (156) and Juba (169) in the Eastern Africa block.

On positive effect, Mogadishu beats Nairobi to first in Africa. Nairobi comes in at position 81.

Nairobi makes a comeback, coming at 38 globally and first in Africa in terms of less negative affect.


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