The latest World Happiness Report, which was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on the World Happiness Day which is celebrated every 20th of March, listed 5 African countries as part of the top 100 list of the Happiest countries in the world.
The first 5 countries as listed :
Ranking number 38 on the global list of the happiest countries in the world is Algeria, North Africa. GDP per capita played a big role in this ranking, followed by social support.
People in Algeria are also quite equal in terms of happiness, out of 147 countries Algeria came in at number 47 on the list showing standard deviation of happiness, where one is the most equal and 147 is the least.
The country ranks number 66 on the global list, just below Turkmenistan, and above Libya.
In comparison to other countries on the list, the perception of corruption was much lower, but GDP per capita was still the biggest reason for the high-ranking.
People in Mauritius are less equal in terms of their perception of their own happiness than in Algeria, as Mauritius came in at number 64 on the list showing how equal happiness was across 147 countries.
Just beneath Mauritius on the global list is Libya, North Africa at number 67 out of a total of 147 countries. GDP per capita contributed slightly less to people’s happiness in Libya in comparison to Mauritius, with social support being slightly more important.
The inequality of happiness is high in Libya, as out of 157 countries, Libya came in at number 139 with number one being the most equal.
In Somalia, unlike in any other country in the top 80 on the global list, GDP per capita was not the biggest factor affecting happiness.
Instead social support and freedom to make life choices were highlighted as important in this country located in the Horn of Africa.
Like Libya, Somalia has high inequality in terms of happiness, it ranked 133 on a list of deviation in happiness out of 157 countries.
The North African country of Tunisia is 98 on the list of 157 happiest countries. GDP per capita played a big part in this ranking, and compared to other countries with similar positions on the list, social support was seen as less important.
In comparison to some of the other countries in the top ten happiest in Africa, happiness is more equal across Tunisia.
Out of a total of 157 countries examined, Nigeria ranked as the 103rd happiest country in the world.
The full report can be downloaded here.