Burundi was at the very bottom of the list, ranked at number 157. The country deals with poverty, corruption, poor access to health, and limited education. GDP, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, and perception of corruption were all very low. Equality of happiness was not strong either.
The sub-Saharan African country was ranked at number 155, just above Syria. The strongest factor for happiness was freedom to make life choices, followed by healthy life expectancy and GDP. It performed poorly in perception of corruption. The country’s equality of happiness was much better than Burundi’s.
Togo’s neighboring country Benin came in just two spots higher at number 153. GDP and freedom to make life choices were the strongest factors in the West African nation’s happiness level. Perception of corruption was the weakest factor. It did score pretty well in equality of happiness.
Rwanda was ranked right above Benin at number 152. Perceptions of corruption, freedom to make life choices, and social support were the main sources of happiness. The country performed well in equality of happiness. The GDP had suffered during the 1994 genocide and is slowly repairing.
And right above Rwanda at number 151 was the West African nation Guinea. Perceptions of corruption were the country’s weakest point, which is not surprising given that the government is accused of several human rights violations. Inequality of happiness was not a major issue.