Bernadette Wicks
Senior court reporter
3 minute read
24 Mar 2021
5:00 am

South Africans are a miserable bunch – study

Bernadette Wicks

The World Happiness Report ranks countries according to the happiness of its residents, and placed SA in 103rd place out of 149 countries.

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The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a global spike in sadness, worry and anger, with more than 40 of the 149 countries featured in the latest World Happiness Report exhibiting significantly higher rates in 2020 than in years gone by. And while South Africa was not one of them – and actually scored slightly better in this year’s report than in last year’s – the country still found itself ranked towards the bottom of the barrel. Published annually by the United Nations sustainable development solutions network, the World Happiness Report ranks countries according to how happy those who live there are....