Egypt competes with world's unhappiest nations

Ahram Online , Sunday 22 Sep 2013

Egypt comes 130th in a report on 'world happiness' published by a UN body

A report published by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network has listed Egypt as the 130th most happy nation out of 156 surveyed.

Egypt’s happiness rate dropped by 21.2 percent in comparison with 2005-2007, according to the 2013 World Happiness Report which was published in September.

According to the report, countries in the Middle East and North Africa have witnessed a decrease of nearly 60 percent in their “happiness rate.”

Denmark was listed as the happiest nation in 2013, followed by Norway and Switzerland.

The report made its assessment by looking at a number of factors, including life expectancy, GDP per capita, corruption, citizens’ perceived freedom to make life choices, and “social support.”

The report is the second of its kind released by a coalition of academic researchers on the behalf of the UN project.

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