According to the latest World Happiness Report, compiled by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations, wealth, freedom or a trustworthy government are some of the factors that are key in measuring happiness.
Six key factors were measured to establish a global ranking of the happiest countries; GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity and perceptions of corruption.
Only five African countries rank among the top 100, and eight of the last ten overall are in Sub-Saharan Africa, having ranked very low on some of the key factors that lead to happiness CNN reports.
According to the report, Nigeria, West Africa, is the 103rd happiest country in the world. GDP per capita and social support were almost exactly as important as each other to resident’s happiness, with freedom to make life choices listed as slightly less important. Compared to its African counterparts, Nigeria has relative equality in terms of happiness across the country.
Here are the happiest African countries as they appear on the global list.
- South Africa
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