Recovering Rwanda ranked the African nation with the happiest people




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VENTURES AFRICA – Rwanda, a country that has grown from a genocide-torn society one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, now has the happiest people in Africa.

Just about a decade ago, things looked gloomy for Rwanda. The 1994 genocide–which had about 1 million  killed, (20 percent of the country’s  and 70 percent of the Tutsi)–destroyed Rwanda’s fragile socio- base, severely impoverished the , particularly , and stifled the country’s ability attract private and external investment.

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However, since the assumption into office of Paul Kagame, Rwanda’s current president, 15 years ago, the East African country has recorded tremendous strides in driving forward its economy as well as banishing memories of the bitter 100-day-long genocide. The agrarian economy is now ranked third best in Africa for doing , topped only by Mauritius and Africa.

Rwanda was ranked the world’s 15th happiest, of 143 countries, with Kenya, its East African neighbour, coming in as Africa’s runner .

The results were released coincide with the Nations’ third annual International Day of Happiness on March 20, 2015.  covered a sample space with a minimum of 1,000 adults in each of the 143 countries.

The top 10 happiest countries were all from Latin America, led by Paraguay. The countries with the worst happiness ratings, were and Tunisia, both in Africa.