Rwanda is the best place to live in Africa. This is according to a survey conducted by a US research firm, Gallup, which ranks the country fifteenth globally.

At an index score of 79, Rwanda tied with US and Bhutan. This score was eight positions higher than the worldwide average of 71.

Respondents from the 143 countries surveyed were asked questions about their previous day. Some of these included, ‘Did you feel well-rested?’ ‘Did you feel respected all day?’ ‘Did you smile or laugh a lot?’

In the Eastern Afican region, Kenya emerged second in Africa and 33 globally with an index score of 77.

More than 70 per cent of people throughout the world said they experienced enjoyment, respect, rest, and smiles the day before.

Respondents were also asked about their experience of positive and negative emotions.
Paraguay also claimed the top spot last year.

Gallup said for the first time in 10 years, the top 10 happiest countries to live in are all from Latin American, based on its Positive Experience Index.

The poll has a margin of error of one per cent, Gallup said.

Gallup officials said there is much to be learned from Latin America because while they aren’t the wealthiest people in the world, they are certainly among the happiest.

The scores are on a 0 to 100 scale. Paraguay scored 89 and Venezuela 82. Costa Rica, El Salvador and Nicaragua came in eighth, ninth and tenth place with 81.

THE WORLD’S TOP 50 HAPPIEST COUNTRIES ARE:

1. Paraguay 89
2. Colombia 84
2. Ecuador 84
2. Guatemala 84
5. Honduras 82
5. Panama 82
5. Venezuela 82
8. Costa Rica 81
8. El Salvador 81
8. Nicaragua 81
11. Philippines 80
11. Singapore 80
11. Switzerland 80
11. Uruguay 80
15. Argentina 79
15. Bhutan 79
15. Canada 79
15. Chile 79
15. Dominican Republic 79
15. Netherlands 79
15. New Zealand 79
15. Norway 79
15. Rwanda 79
15. Sweden 79
15. USA 79
26. Denmark 78
26. Finland 78
26. Indonesia 78
26. Luxembourg 78
36. Puerto Rico 78
26. Taiwan 78
26. Uzbekistan 78
33. Bolivia 77
33. Germany 77
33. Kenya 77
36. Belgium 76
36. France 76
36. Ireland 76
36. Mauritius 76
36. Mexico 76
36. Nigeria 76
36. Sri Lanka 76
43. Australia 75
43. Austria 75
43. China 75
43. Peru 75
43. South Africa 75
43. Thailand 75
43. United Kingdom 75
50. Brazil 74
50. Mauritania 74
50. Namibia 74
50. Senegal 74
50. Spain 74