The report uses data from The Gallup World Poll, which tracks issues such as access to food and employment, how leaders are performing, and overall well-being of the population.
Algeria was the first country from the continent to appear on the list. The North African nation was ranked at number 38. GDP and social support were the country’s strongest aspects, and equality of happiness was found to be relatively good
The island nation Mauritius ranked at number 66 on the list and number 2 in Africa. GDP, social support, and healthy life expectancy were found to be strong. There was less equality of happiness than Algeria, but also a very low perception of corruption compared to other countries.
Surprisingly, Libya came directly after Mauritius at number 67 on the list. GDP and social support were once again the country’s strong points, with the latter being more important in Libya. However, inequality of happiness was high in the North African country.
Coming in at number 76 in the list of happiest places in the world was Somalia. Unlike the rest of the nations, GDP was not a big factor contributing to happiness. Freedom to make life choices was the main factor, followed by social support, generosity, and perception of corruption. Inequality of happiness was high.
Tunisia was ranked at number 98, with GDP returning as the top factor for happiness. Healthy life expectancy was the second most important factor, followed by social support. Equality of happiness was better in Tunisia compared to the other African nations.