According to the report, Ugandans are the happiest people in East Africa, ranking number 117, two places ahead of Kenya.
Despite the easing of pandemic sufferings, Rwandans, Kenyans, and Tanzanians, among others, have been sulking more than Ugandans, according to a new report.
Kenya is ranked 119th out of 146 countries in the annual World Happiness Report, slightly changing from 121st out of 149 countries questioned in 2021.
Rwanda was voted the unhappiest country in the East African Community’s six-nation bloc and the fourth-worst in the world, ahead of Zimbabwe, Lebanon, and Afghanistan (the unhappiest in the world).
Tanzania came in at 139th place, while Ethiopia was placed 131st.
Uganda’s #1 place in the area makes a mockery of Kenya’s strong economic position — analysts think Kenya’s economy is the region’s strongest.
However, this does not appear to be reflected in the daily lives of Kenya’s 50 million or so residents, despite the fact that the country jumped two places in the report from 121 to 119 out of 150 countries evaluated.
The poll results, which were announced on Friday ahead of the annual International Day of Happiness on Sunday, March 20, revealed a modest reduction in the measure asking Kenyans to rank their lives, from 4.607 to 4.543.
People’s trust in government and institutions, poverty, and conflicts are among the factors considered by the World Happiness Report in determining happiness levels.
The findings show that communities with high levels of trust are happier and more resilient in the face of a variety of crises, according to the report.
The perception of pervasive government corruption was rated by respondents as the most powerful source of unpleasant emotions.
East African countries have been in the international limelight for years due to corruption, primarily in governmental procurement.
For the fifth year in a row, Finland was rated the happiest country in the world, followed by Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, and the Netherlands in that order.
The happiest country in Africa is Mauritius, which is ranked 52nd, followed by Libya, Ivory Coast, South Africa, and Gambia.