Top 10 happiest African countries in 2019

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The latest World Happiness Report has been released to mark the UN’s World Happiness Day. According to the report, no African country made it to the top 10 or 50 with the first African country coming in at number 57. 

Every year, the list is released after in-depth research based on factors such as countries with proper analytical data that can provide valid reasons for the ranking as well as factors such as the time series of healthy life expectancy at birth based on data from the World Health Organization.

They also factor in a country’s average individual social support, GDP per capita, generosity, perceptions of corruption, measures of emotional negativity and positivity based on worry, sadness, and anger, happiness, laughter, and enjoyment as well as freedom to make life choices.

Data for these eight categories are collected separately by various research bodies who use mediums such as social media and individual assessments to critically put together the scores and ranking.

Out of the world’s 195 countries, the 2019 World’s Happiness Report ranked 156 countries.

The latest report featured three new countries while three other countries lost their place. West Africa ranked as the happiest African region in general with a total of 6 out of 10 countries. French-speaking countries also topped the African list with 5 countries and English-speaking countries were the least happy.

Here are the top 10 happiest African countries in 2019.

Last Edited by:Victor Ativie Updated: April 8, 2020


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