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HPI score
26.8
Ranked #144 of 151

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Experienced well-being
4.1
Ranked #131 of 151
Life expectancy
54.7
Ranked #133 of 151
Ecological Footprint
2.6
Ranked #81 of 151

Key: Happy Planet Index

All three components good
Two components good, one middling
One component good, two middling
Three components middling
Any with one component poor
Two components poor, or "blood red" footprint

Key: Experienced well-being

More than 6.2
Between 4.8 and 6.2
Less than 4.8

Key: Life expectancy

More than 75
Between 60 and 75
Less than 60

Key: Ecological Footprint

Less than 1.78 (the world's biocapacity)
Between 1.78 and 3.56
Between 3.56 and 7.12
More than 7.12

Niger achieves a Happy Planet Index Score of 26.8 and ranks #144 of all the countries analysed.

Niger's HPI score reflects a low life expectancy, low levels of experienced well-being, and a moderate ecological footprint.

Other statistics

GDP per capita ($PPP):
728 (less than 2% of the USA's)
Population:
15.5 million (#62 of 151)
Land area (square km):
1.3 million (#20 of 151)
Population density (people per square km):
12.2 (#135 of 151)
Governance Ranking (WGI):
#109

Niger's experienced well-being score is 4.1 out of a possible 10.

This score is very low. It is considerably lower the world average (5.28) and lower than the average of countries in Sub Saharan Africa (4.33)

The data for experienced well-being draws on responses to the ladder of life question in the Gallup World Poll, which was asked to samples of around 1000 individuals aged 15 or over in each of the countries included in the Happy Planet Index.

Niger's life expectancy is 54.7 and ranks #133 among the 151 countries analysed.

This is around the same as the average life expectancy in Sub Saharan Africa.

The life expectancy figure for each country was taken from the 2011 UNDP Human Development Report and reflects the number of years an infant born in that country could expect to live if prevailing patterns of age-specific mortality rates at the time of birth in the country stay the same throughout the infant’s life.

Niger's Ecological Footprint is 2.59 global hectares per capita.

If everyone had the same Ecological Footprint as the average citizen of Niger:

  • the world's Ecological Footprint would be 5% lower
  • but we would still need to reduce our Ecological Footprints by around 45% in order to stay within sustainable environmental limits

Ecological Footprint is a metric of human demand on nature, used widely by NGOs, the UN and several national governments. It measures the amount of land required to sustain a country’s consumption patterns.

For a majority of the countries (142 of the 151), Ecological Footprint data were obtained from the 2011 Edition of Global Footprint Network National Footprints Accounts. For the nine other countries included (Belize, Comoros, Djibouti, Guyana, Hong Kong, Iceland, Luxembourg, Malta, and Palestine), Ecological Footprint figures were estimated using predictive econometric models.