Djibouti(87 out of 143) is the happiest place in Sub-Saharan Africa in Happiness Index

Ethiopia ranks 124 out of 143 nations in Happiness Index, according to the 2009 Happy Planet Index (HPI) published by the New Economics Foundation, an independent think tank. The index measures happiness according to a country’s average life expectancy, quality of life data, and environmental track record.

A total of 143 countries were scored from 0 to 100 based on three index targets: high life expectancy, high life satisfaction, and a low ecological footprint.

Ethiopia’s score in ecological footprint is the only bright spot in the report, as the country is a developing nation and consumes far less than the developed countries. But Ethiopia scored poorly in life expectancy and quality of life data.

Ethiopia fared better than its neighbor Kenya (125), while Djibouti(87) is the happiest place in Sub-Saharan Africa. Somalia and Eritrea are not included in the report. Sudan ranks 121. Egypt tops as the Happiest Place in Africa. USA ranks 114 and UK ranks 74.

According to the report, Costa Rica is the the “happiest place in the world,” There was also a marked absence of developed countries on the HPI’s Top 10 happiest countries, with more Latin American and Caribbean countries scoring higher on the index.

The 2nd happiest place in the world is the Dominican Republic, followed by Jamaica, Guatemala, Vietnam, Colombia, Cuba, El Salvador, Brazil (the only G20 country to rank high), and Honduras.

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