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Here are the top 10 happiest countries in Africa

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

The list of the world’s happiest countries has been released with Mauritius, Libya and Ivory Coast among the leading countries on the continent.

The World Happiness Report released on International day of happiness had Finland maintaining its position as the happiest country on earth.

Top ten happiest countries in the world

  1. Denmark
  2. Iceland
  3. Switzerland
  4. Netherlands
  5. Luxembourg
  6. Sweden
  7. Norway
  8. Israel
  9. New Zealand

Since the first report was released in 2012, only four countries have claimed the top spot: Denmark in 2012, 2013 and 2016, Switzerland in 2015, Norway in 2017, and now Finland in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

In Africa though, Mauritius ranked first, followed by, Libya, Ivory Coast and South Africa.

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Top ten happiest countries in Africa

  1. Mauritius
  2. Libya
  3. Ivory Coast
  4. South Africa
  5. The Gambia
  6. Algeria
  7. Liberia
  8. The Congo
  9. Morocco
  10. Mozambique

The authors of the reports said in a statement that “This year marks the tenth anniversary of the World Happiness Report, thus inviting us to look back and forward while maintaining our reporting of current well-being and broadening our analysis of the far-ranging effects of COVID-19.”

146 countries were surveyed with the ranking of happiness based on a three-year average from 2019-to 2021.

The authors of the report also mentioned that their “measurement of subjective well-being continues to rely on three main well-being indicators: life evaluations, positive emotions, and negative emotions. Happiness rankings are based on life evaluations as the more stable measure of the quality of people’s lives.”

The countries that make the list of the unhappiest countries in the world remain unchanged from the previous ranking.

Top ten unhappiest countries in the world

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Lebanon
  3. Zimbabwe
  4. Rwanda
  5. Botswana
  6. Lesotho
  7. Sierra Leone
  8. Tanzania
  9. Malawi
  10. Zambia


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