To gauge the happiest country in the world, Gallup researchers interviewed 1,000 people (aged 15 or older) in 143 countries, including 38 in Africa. They were asked five questions about how they felt the day before, including whether they laughed or smiled, felt well rested and felt as if they were treated with respect. All participants were interviewed either in person or over the phone, with researchers compiling a “positive experience index” based on a score out of 100 points for each country based on the responses.
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Of the African countries included in the survey, Rwanda came out tops with 79 points making it the happiest country in Africa (and the 15th happiest out of the 143 countries). Kenya scored 77, Mauritius 76, Nigeria 76, South Africa 75, Namibia and Senegal 74, Mali 73, Tanzania 72, Ghana 70, Malawi and Sierra Leone 69, Guinea and Zimbabwe 68, Botswana Madagascar Zambia 67, Niger 66, Ivory Coast 65, Algeria Angola Burkina Faso Cameroon Uganda 64, Burundi 63, Chad 61, Benin Congo (Brazzaville) Ethiopia 60, Gabon 59, Egypt Togo 58, Congo (Kinshasa) Liberia 57, South Sudan 56, Tunisia 52, Sudan 47 (lowest rank).
Overall, the world has an average index score of 71 out of 100, with more than 70 percent of the respondents worldwide answering that they “experienced enjoyment; smiled or laughed; felt well rested; and thought they were treated with respect.”
Scroll down to find out how participants in Africa responded to the five questions:
Did you feel well-rested yesterday?
Respondents were asked if they felt well-rested the previous day. Listed above are the top 10 African countries who answered “yes.” Rwanda came out tops, with 83 percent, followed by South Africa with 76 percent, Malawi 73 percent, and Algeria and Sierra Leone both with 72 percent. Of the 38 African countries included in the survey, Benin (53 percent), South Sudan (52 percent), and Sudan (45 percent) had the least number of respondents who answered “yes” to feeling well-rested.
Were you treated with respect all day yesterday?
Respondents were asked if they felt they were treated with respect the previous day. Listed above are the top 10 African countries who answered “yes.” Respondents in Mauritius felt the most respected, with more than 90 precent answering “yes.” Senegal came second with percent, followed by Mali, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?
Respondents were asked if they smiled or laughed a lot the previous day. Listed above are the top 10 African countries who answered positively to the question. Namibia came out tops, with 83 percent, followed by Mauritius with 76 percent, Malawi 73 percent, and Algeria and Sierra Leone both with 72 percent.
Did you learn or do something interesting yesterday?
Respondents were asked if they learned or did something interesting the previous day. More than 70 percent of respondents in Nigeria, Rwanda and Sierra Leone said yes.
Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday? How about enjoyment?
Respondents from Kenya, Rwanda, Mauritius, South Africa, and Ethiopia ranked highest when asked whether they experienced enjoyment the previous day. Tanzania, Nigeria and Madagascar ranked lowest.