UN Happiness Report 2018: Burundi Named Saddest Country In Africa

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The United Nations annual World Happiness Report has named Burundi Africa’s saddest country, while naming Mauritius the happiest country in Africa.

Saddest Country In Africa

The World Happiness Report 2018, ranked 156 countries by their happiness levels, based on factors including life expectancy, social freedom, absence of corruption and migration within and between countries.

Bottom of the chart in Africa was Burundi, which rose from second place to push out Central African Republic which was ranked second saddest country in African. South Sudan was ranked third saddest country in Africa.

In 2016, Burundi came bottom of the list, but rose to 154th place in 2017, while the Central African Republic was found to be the least happiest country.


Read Also: Top 20 Happiest Countries In Africa UN Happiness Report 2018


Burundi plunged into crisis when President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for re-election to a third term in 2015 sparked protests by opposition supporters who said the move was unconstitutional.

The 20 countries below emerged as the least happy countries in Africa. (7 of the saddest countries in Africa also happen to be the least happiest countries in the world).

UN Happiness Report: Burundi Named Least Happy Country In Africa

Country Rank
Chad 20
Congo (Kinshasha) 19
Niger 18
Uganda 17
Benin 16
Sudan 15
Togo 14
Guinea 13
Lesotho 12
Angola 11
Madagascar 10
Zimbabwe 9
Botswana 8
Malawi 7
Liberia 6
Rwanda 5
Tanzania 4
South Sudan 3
Central African Rep. 2
Burundi 1



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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