The World Happiness Report 2022, released by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, provides a comprehensive ranking of countries based on their average life evaluations over the past three years (2020-2022). This article examines the rankings of Maghreb countries and the factors affecting global happiness.
Maghreb countries ranking
Algeria, ranked at 81 with 5329 points, tops the list of Maghreb countries. However, the report indicates that this data is based on surveys conducted in 2020 and 2021, not 2022. Mauritius island ranks highest in Africa, excluding Algeria, at the 59th position with 5.902 points.
Meanwhile, Morocco is ranked at 100th with 4.903 points, followed by Mauritania at 103 with 4.727 points. Tunisia ranked outside the top 100 with 3.464 points, while Libya was not included in the survey due to lack of data.
World’s happiest nations
The report also reveals that for the sixth year in a row, Finland is the world’s happiest country. The rankings are based on life evaluations from the Gallup World Poll and measures such as healthy life expectancy, GDP per capita, social support, low corruption, generosity, and freedom to make life decisions. Denmark, Iceland, Sweden, and Norway also rank high on these measures.
The Netherlands, Switzerland, Luxembourg, and New Zealand round out the top 10, while Australia, Canada, Ireland, the United States, and the United Kingdom all made it into the top 20.
Afghanistan and Lebanon rank at the very bottom of the list, with average life evaluations more than five points lower than in the top 10 happiest countries.