The 10 happiest cities in Africa listed below have been chosen based on their respective country index, GDP per capita, average life expectancy, trust in governance, freedom of speech and making choices, citizens ability to hold governments accountable, social support, and generosity. The cities sampled below have performed above average on the abovementioned parameters.

Are you curious to know the happiest cities in Africa? You will be extremely surprised because some of the cities you may be expecting on the list may be missing, and those you never expected may feature among the top 10.

Below are the top 10 happiest cities in Africa.

 Oran, Algeria

Oran is Algeria’s second largest beautiful coastal city that is located in the North Western part of the country. Oran is a key commercial, industrial, and cultural hub after the capital, Algiers, and is one of Algeria’s most-visited cities, whose origins trace back to a trading city that was ruled by the French. It’s not surprising this city that commands beautiful views of the coast, cliffs and harbor has the happiest people in Africa. According to the World Happiness Report 2017, Algeria is the happiest country in Africa, and number 53 globally with an average of 6.355. Comparatively, Algeria still maintains the lead on the continent on the Happy Planet Index with a life expectancy of 74.3, wellbeing 5.6/10, and a Happy Planet average score of 33.3.

Algeria is a leading oil-exporting country, and for this reason, the poverty levels in Oran are lower compared to many other African cities, which could be contributing to a happy population. Interestingly, families in the city and across the country value family life and coexistence first before anything else. When you travel around Oran, you will see so many happy faces and families taking time to bond and enjoy themselves in various fanfare activities that the city has to offer. GDP per capita and social support have been identified as the main factors that have contributed to a high number of happy people in Oran and Algeria in general.

 Port Louis, Mauritius

Port Louis is the scenic capital city of Mauritius, famous worldwide for its unique tourist attractions, and is the main hub of democracy in Africa. The city is warm and sunny throughout the year thanks to its maritime tropical climate, not forgetting the breathtaking scenery of the ocean and cool sea breezes. Mauritius happens to be the second happiest country in Africa, with an average index of 5.629, life expectancy of 74.62, and a well-being of 5.5/10. These are statistics both from the World Happiness Report and Happy Planet Index.

There is no doubt that Port Louis has a happy population because the city has numerous exciting activities that take place throughout the year. There are many religious and cultural parades such as the Chinese New Year celebrations, which are characterized with numerous red lanterns;red in the traditional context represents happiness. In addition, the Mauritius Government has ensured citizens’ access to free education through the university. The country has a vibrant economy with a high GDP per capita, with Port Louis having good infrastructure and high purchasing power. In addition, free healthcare and transport is provided for school children. Coupled with good governance and zero tolerance of corruption, 87% of people in Port Louis and Mauritius reside in their own homes, meaning people are happier here. In Port Louis, people are happy and ever-smiling city dwellers appreciate the little things in life that make one happy and not how much money one has. The city is a great place where people relax, families extensively, and where people visit the beach often and make friends. Port Louis employees also finish their work on time and go home earlier compared to other African cities.

Tripoli, Libya

Tripoli is a surprise entry on this list considering the recent ongoings in the North African country, which has undergone political turmoil. Tripoli is Libya’s capital and largest city situated in the North Western part of the country. The city’s high ranking isn’t surprising given Libya was ranked the third happiest country in Africa, with an average index of 5.615, according to World Happiness Report 2017. Despite the lawlessness that has been experienced in the city, and country at large, security has improved in recent times. Libyans are known to be warm, friendly, and extremely hospitable. Visitors often praise the Libyan people for their kindness and respect they show to others.

Despite being a capital city, Tripoli residents value family life and take every available opportunity to bond and do things together. While in the city, you will see hundreds of families in public squares and parks sitting down to enjoy picnics as kids play happily and enjoy state recreational facilities. Green Square is a famous place for city residents, as well as along the beaches where thousands of residents relax, mingle, eat at dine-in restaurants, enjoy drinks, sitting down in kiosks, and enjoying a walk on the beach. Libyans value respect and honor and strive to maintain good family reputations by exercising good conduct. In Tripoli, decorum is critical and it is the culture of people to be mindful of others, as well as ensure personal feelings of others are respected.