UN ranks Malawi not a happiest country

Index of global well-being sees  Malawi ranked 132 out of 157 countries , according to the fourth World Happiness Report, released on Wednesday.

Child in impoverished Malawi

Child in impoverished Malawi

Not so happy people in poor Malawi

Not so happy people in poor Malawi

The report found that inequality was strongly associated with unhappiness .

The report was prepared by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an international panel of social scientists that includes economists, psychologists and public health experts convened by the United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon.

The report takes into account GDP per capita, life expectancy, social support and freedom to make life choices as indicators of happiness.

“People are happier living in societies where there is less inequality of happiness. They also find that happiness inequality has increased significantly (comparing 2012-2015 to 2005-2011) in most countries, in almost all global regions, and for the population of the world as a whole,” the report said.

University of Malawi’s Chancellor College economics professor Ben Kalua said it no suprise that the index has ranked Malawi not so happy a nation because of “so many adverse things” happening in the country.

Kalua cited mob justice on suspected thieves, witches and  social-economic problems bedevilling the nation.

Denmark takes the top spot as the happiest country in the world, displacing Switzerland.

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13 thoughts on “UN ranks Malawi not a happiest country”

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  2. kamuzuba says:

    The report is as good as the indicators. The problem is with quantifying issues that are inherently quantitative. Happiness has various definitions from one social system to the other. Different things constitute happiness. Apa a UN and a Kalua mwabwita……

  3. daka says:

    Though the report has come out that way based on your cliteria but to us we are happy in and you saw are faces smiling. we will do better

  4. Kadakwiza says:

    For 53 years Malawi is a sad nation. This bad. Shame. All leaders in Malawi must walk their heads down. They are not helping.

  5. Penapake says:

    What is happiness, i may ask?

  6. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    Herewith a better perspective regarding the 2016 Happiness Index (Note the higher the “score”, the more unhappy the people of that country. Viz. citizens of Zimbabwe are happier than those of Malawi, who in turn are happier than those of Botswana, by far.

    131:ZIMBABWE………………….132:MALAWI
    133:Sudan………………………….134:Gabon
    135:Mali……………………………..137:BOTSWANA
    138:Comoros………………………139:Ivory Coast
    141:Angola………………………….142:Niger
    143:So. Sudan……………………..144:Chad
    145:Burkina Faso…………………146:UGANDA
    148:MADAGASCAR……………….149:TANZANIA
    150:Liberia……………………………151:Guinea
    152:RWANDA………………………..153:Benin
    157:BURUNDI

    The scoring is somewhat subjective. Case in point: Are Zimbabweans really happier than Tanzanians, or are the former just worn out over the years? Many Malawians of the internet literati often write, with envy, about life in Botswana, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi: when the citizens of these countries see life differently.
    So the scale has to be taken with a grain of salt … or even a Tablespoonful of salt.

  7. michael chadula says:

    ndipo life ndi ana athu, tidzawona zozizitsa kuposa izi. to avoid that let us choose selfless leaders.

  8. miston says:

    51 years after independent, malawi ranked not a happy country

  9. miston says:

    My malawi, once the happiest country.

  10. kk says:

    In UK, you will also find people sleeping on the carton even by the roads, why only Malawi?
    This thing is happening every where in the World don’t cheat us, tell me if people are happy where there is civil war, look in Malawi we will not fight each other, we will have enough maize,we will be under Gods control, our leaders we will be together build our mother Malawi, we will not accept your gay marriages!!! cant you see? zimatikwanila zomwe Ambuye amatipasa.

  11. Benjones says:

    Shame I cry for my pepo in mother Malawi.

  12. therere says:

    we should control number of children per family and compulsory education

  13. MAGANIZO ANGA says:

    sad……umphawi sizinthu. how can you be happy not knowing where your next meal is coming from, the world is just unfair.

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