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10 Happiest African Countries in 2024

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Libya is the happiest country in Africa, at least according to the latest World Happiness Report released by the United Nations. Despite going through years of political turmoil since the killing of it’s strongman Colonel Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya has topped the top ten happiest African countries list with a score of 5.866. following closely in second position is Mauritius with a score of 5.816 with South Africa closing the top three with a score of 5.422.

The report highlights that from 2021 to 2023, females tended to experience negative emotions more frequently than males. This gender gap became more pronounced as people got older. Algeria, a northern African country, ranked fourth in the report with a happiness score of 5.364. Congo Brazzaville came fifth with a score of 5.221.

Portuguese-speaking nation Mozambique was happy with position six among its African peers with a happiness score of 5.216 and was followed closely by Gabon that had a score of 5.106. Ivory Coast, Guinea and Senegal managed to squeeze themselves into the top ten coming in numbers eight, nine and ten with a score of 5.080, 5.023 and 4.696 respectively.

According to the report, global happiness inequality has increased by more than 20% in the past 12 years across all regions and age groups.

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According to a report that used data from a global survey of people in over 140 countries, Finland has been ranked as the happiest nation in the world for the seventh year in a row, with a happiness score of 7.741. Denmark came in second place globally with a score of 7.583, followed closely by Iceland with a score of 7.525, securing the third spot on the list of top three happiest countries.

The top 20 list had some new entrants with Costa Rica and Kuwait joining the fray replacing both the United States of America and Germany.

A correlation of countries’ population and their happiness indexes can be seen clearly especially looking at the top 20 most happiest countries, as presented in the data. In the top 10, only the Netherlands and Australia have a population of above 15 million while Canada and the United Kingdom have a population of over 30 million in the top 20.

In this latest report, Afghanistan was ranked the unhappiest country globally with a happiness index of 1.7, surprisingly was the only Asian country in the last 10.

The report is a collaboration between Gallup, the Oxford Wellbeing Research Centre, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network and an editorial board.

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