For the second year in a row, Tanzania has been ranked in the ‘top 10’ no country wants to be a part of: the top 10 unhappiest countries in the world.
Tanzania is now the third unhappiest country in the world, says this year’s World Happiness Report which ranked 155 countries.
Despite 8 of the 10 unhappiest countries being in Africa, the report’s authors were surprised Tanzania scored so low.
“Their predicted values, which are based on their performance on the six key variables [of economic strength, social support, life expectancy, freedom of choice, generosity and perceived corruption] are high enough to rank them much higher than they do in the survey.”
Only Burundi and the Central African Republic scored worse than Tanzania.
Elsewhere in the region, Rwanda is the fifth unhappiest country while Uganda was ranked the 23rd and Kenya 44th.
The report urged all African countries to capitalize on it’s youth in order to improve on their ‘happiness deficit.’
“What if Africa looks to its youth to realize the continent’s dreams of prosperity? What if the African youth’s confidence in their future and their entrepreneurial spirit were to be matched by substantial investment in their development? Then, no doubt, African countries would join the ranks of the world’s prosperous and happy nations.”
The happiest country in the world this year is Norway.