Uganda has ranked a miserable 135th out of 156 countries in the latest World Happiness Report released by the United Nations.
Uganda scored 4.1 out of a possible 10 in the global ranking.
Finland emerged as the happiest country on earth after scoring a massive 7.6 out of a possible 10 in the survey.
International Happiness Day falls on Tuesday March 20.
The World Happiness Report measures “subjective well-being” – how happy people feel they are, and why.
Nordic countries regularly appear in the top five, while war-hit countries and a number in sub-Saharan Africa regularly appear in the bottom five.
Burundi emerged the least happy this year, taking over from the Central African Republic.
On the global ranking, Uganda is sandwiched between Niger at 134 and Benin at 136. DR Congo has more happy people than Uganda. Congo ranks in at 132 while Rwanda is in the bottom 10 at 151 just below Syria and above Yemen all of which are war ravaged.
The global report relies on asking a simple, subjective question of more than 1,000 people in more than 150 countries.
“Imagine a ladder, with steps numbered from 0 at the bottom to 10 at the top.
“The top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder would you say you personally feel you stand at this time?”
The average result is the country’s score – ranging from Finland’s 7.6 to Burundi’s 2.9.
But the report also uses statistics to explain why one country is happier than another.
It looks at factors including economic strength (measured in GDP per capita), social support, life expectancy, freedom of choice, generosity, and perceived corruption.