World Happiness Report 2017: Algeria ranked 1st in Africa, 5th among Arab countries


Algeria is ranked first out of 54 countries in the African continent and fifth among the Arab countries, ahead of Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain, according to the global program led by the United Nations for five years, called World Happiness Report 2017, published Monday.

Internationally, Algeria was ranked 53rd in the rankings compared to 38 in the 2016 edition.

The ranking is based on six factors: the GDP, healthy life, freedom, generosity, welfare and the perception of corruption within government or Business environment.
The initiators of this program aim to “provide an additional tool for governments, business and civil society to improve the well-being of their countries.
In this aspect, Norway has been named the happiest country in the world, compared to 4th last year, followed by Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, the Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden.

The United States and Germany are respectively 14th and 16th while Burundi and the Central African Republic are closing the march with Syria and Yemen.
Many factors are believed to contribute to the happiness of the Algerians, such as the maintaining peace and security thanks to the huge efforts exerted by Algeria along with the fresh and flourishing economy witnessed in the previous period.

As regards the report, it was published as part of the celebrations of the International Day of Happiness, which is celebrated throughout the world on the 20th of March.
This day was founded by United Nations adviser Jayme Illien on June 28, 2012, when all 193 member states of the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted UN resolution 66/281 The International Day of Happiness, following a multiyear campaign initiated in 2011 by the Illien Global Public Benefit Corporation.

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