Kenya drops in 2022 happiness index as cost of living rises

Monday, March 21st, 2022 14:37 | By
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Kenya has dropped 33 places in the 2022 happiness index to position 119 globally as compared to the 86th position in 2021.

According to the World Happiness Report released on Friday, March 18, 2022, Kenya came second in the East African Region after Uganda.

Tanzania dropped to position 139 compared to position 94 in 2021 while Rwanda was ranked the unhappiest country in the region at position 143.

The list names Finland as the world’s happiest country for the fifth year running, with Afghanistan again the unhappiest, followed closely by Lebanon.

The annual inflation rate in Kenya eased for the fifth straight month to 5.08 per cent in February of 2022, from 5.39 per cent in the previous month, remaining within the Central Bank’s target range of 2.5 per cent to 7.5 per cent.

On a monthly basis, consumer prices increased 0.40 per cent up from a 0.31 per cent rise in the prior month.

The World Happiness Report, now in its 10th year, is based on people’s own assessment of their happiness, as well as economic and social data.

The United State, the World's Super Power, was 16th, one position ahead of Britain which was ranked 17th. France was ranked 20th.

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