East Africa

Uganda 2nd happiest country in East Africa


Uganda is the second happiest country in East Africa after neighbours Kenya, according to World’s Happiest Report 2016.

Denmark overtook Switzerland as the world’s happiest place, according to a report on Wednesday that urged nations regardless of wealth to tackle inequality and protect the environment.

The report, prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Earth Institute at Columbia University, showed Syria, Afghanistan and eight sub-Saharan countries as the 10 least happy places on earth to live.

The top 10 this year were Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia, and Sweden.

Denmark was in third place last year, behind Switzerland and Iceland.

The United States came in at 13, the United Kingdom at 23, France at 32, and Italy at 50.

The bottom 10 were Madagascar, Tanzania, Liberia, Guinea, Rwanda, Benin, Afghanistan, Togo, Syria and Burundi, world-wide.

Kenya is number 122 world’s happiest, followed by Congo (Kinshasa) number 125, Congo (Brazzaville) 127, Sudan 133, South Sudan 143, Uganda 146, Tanzania 149, Rwanda 152 and lastly Burundi 157.

That makes Kenya the most happiest country in East Africa, followed by South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.

“There is a very strong message for my country, the United States, which is very rich, has gotten a lot richer over the last 50 years, but has gotten no happier,” Professor Jeffrey Sachs, head of the SDSN and special advisor to U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, told Reuters.

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