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Happiest Countries in Africa and the World

International Day of Happiness

Today is the International Day of Happiness, and to celebrate it, we want to look at the happiest countries in the world, and how they are ranked, according to the World Happiness Report – an annual publication of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

First published in 2012, the World Happiness Report outlines the state of world happiness, causes of happiness and misery, and policy implications highlighted by case studies. Since then, it has been issued on an annual basis with the exception of 2014. The report primarily uses data from the Gallup World Poll where experts in fields including economics, psychology, survey analysis, and national statistics, describe how measurements of well-being can be used effectively to assess the progress of nations, and other topics. Each report is organized by chapters that delve deeper into issues relating to happiness, including mental illness, the objective benefits of happiness, the importance of ethics, policy implications, and links with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s approach to measuring subjective well-being and other international and national efforts.

Without further ado, see the 10 happiest countries in the world, and top 25 happiest countries in Africa ranked by their aggregate score on six of the key variables that have been found to support well-being: income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity. (In case you did not notice, we made it top 25, so we can accommodate our Ghanaian neighbors, who are surprisingly very low on the ranking).

Top 10

  1. Finland

    Finns set up dinner tables across the world to mark the 100th anniversary of Finland
    Finns set up dinner tables across the world to mark the 100th anniversary of Finland. Photo Credit – Yhteismaa
  2. Norway
  3. Denmark
  4. Iceland
  5. Switzerland
  6. Netherlands
  7. Canada

    Canada Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau celebrate Canada day with a Canadian
    Canada Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau celebrate Canada day with a Canadian
  8. New Zealand
  9. Sweden
  10. Australia

Top 25 in Africa (World Ranking in front)

  1. Algeria 53

    Happy football fans from Algeria
    Happy football fans from Algeria
  2. Mauritius 64
  3. Morocco 84
  4. Somalia 93
  5. Nigeria 95

    Happy Nigerian kids
    Happy Nigerian kids
  6. South Africa 101
  7. Tunisia 102
  8. Egypt 104
  9. Sierra Leone 106
  10. Cameroon 107
  11. Namibia 111
  12. Kenya 112

    Kenyans
    Kenyans
  13. Mozambique 113
  14. Senegal 115
  15. Zambia 116
  16. Gabon 118
  17. Ethiopia 119
  18. Mauritania 123

    Kids from Mauritania
    Kids from Mauritania
  19. Congo Brazzaville 124
  20. Congo 126
  21. Mali 127
  22. Ivory Coast 128
  23. Sudan 130
  24. Ghana 131

    Ghanaian president
    Ghanaian president
  25. Uganda 133

If you could move to any of these countries, which would you move to?

Written by Chidi Okereke

Content creator, Digital Communications guy, Social Media Analyst, Jack of many trades, and master of some.

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