The World Happiness Report, a publication of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, has used statistical analysis to determine the world’s happiest countries in its tenth edition. The report ranks 146 countries in terms of overall happiness and identifies which countries are the happiest and which are the unhappiest.
Although happiness and well-being are frequently regarded as subjective concepts, experts who participated in the report focused on six indicators: GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, and corruption. The rankings were based on individuals’ own assessments of their lives rather than an index of these factors. Finland, Denmark, and Sweden are the top three countries. Happiness is ranked based on a three-year average from 2019 to 2021.
According to the report, Africa is the unhappiest region worldwide
Zimbabwe is the most unhappy country in Africa, as it struggles with high poverty levels.
Tanzania is not in the top 10, but is ranked 36th in Africa behind Kenya and Uganda but ahead of Rwanda.
According to the Gallup World Poll results, Mauritius was ranked first in Africa, with an overall score of 6.071 out of 10, “significantly ahead” of all other countries. It’s worth noting that Mauritius was elevated to High-Income status in July 2020, but fell back to Upper-Middle-Income status in 2021 due to the global pandemic.
Here are the top 10 countries and their score:
- Mauritius – 6.071
- Libya – 5.330
- Ivory Coast – 5.235
- South Africa – 5.194
- Gambia – 5.164
- Algeria – 5.122
- Liberia – 5.122
- Congo – 5.075
- Morocco – 5.060
- Mozambique – 5.048
The 10 least happiest countries in Africa
Here are the 10 countries ranked at the bottom along with their score:
The unhappiest country in Africa, according to the rankings, was Zimbabwe, with a score of 2.995.
- Zimbabwe – 2.995
- Rwanda – 3.268
- Botswana – 3.471
- Lesotho – 3.512
- Sierra Leone – 3.574
- Tanzania – 3.502
- Malawi – 3.750
- Zambia – 3.760
- Togo – 4.112
- Mauritania – 4.152