Ghana beats Nigeria in 2022 World Happiness Ranking

While the rivalry between Ghana and Nigeria intensifies, especially with the upcoming Ghana-Nigeria World Cup qualifier games, Ghana has beaten Nigeria in the world's latest happiness rankings.


According to the just-released 2022 World Happiness Report, a UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network publication, Ghana ranked 111th.

However, neighbouring country Nigeria ranked behind Ghana in 118th place.

The list indicates that Ghana dropped 16 places from the 95th position last year, 2021.

The ranking was based on variables such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity, views of corruption, as well as other qualities that tend to lead to better happiness.


Although no African country was among the first 50 countries, Mauritius secured the 52nd position, dropping by only two places.

Ghana also trails Libya -86th position, Ivory Coast 88th position, South Africa 91st position, Gambia 93rd position Algeria 96th position, Liberia 97th position, Congo Brazzaville 99th position and Morocco 100th position.

In 2021, the most populated African country fell by 57 places to rank 116th after they had ranked 59th in the 2020 Report.

Meanwhile, Finland maintained its position for the fifth time in a row ranking 1st in the Report.

It was closely followed by its neighbours, Denmark and Iceland securing 2nd and 3rd positions respectively.


Also, Canada was ranked 15th followed by the United States -16th and the United Kingdom – 17th.

Ahead of the first leg of the World Cup playoff game scheduled for Friday, March 25, 2022, Ghana’s interim coach Otto Addo has named a 27-man squad for the game.

The squad was announced by the Ghana Football Association (GFA) in the early hours of Tuesday, March 22, 2022.


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