Listing the 10 laziest countries in Africa, as well as defining the laziest country generally could be a tricky job. Not only that a potential researcher finds numerous of misinterpretations in defining of the term “lazy country,” but it also could hurt feelings and dignity of people in particular country. In lack of proper definition, researchers have used different methodologies which are not always useful or, in some cases, do not respect people’s decency.
So, we’ll start with the Lancet‘s study where scientists calculated the number of inactive people in countries worldwide, according to surveys and medical data on fat and obese people. Although this reputable website used these numbers to show a global problem with growing diseases that are usually a consequence of inactivity, we are not sure if those data show the real state of things.
Other websites, like CollegeCandy, used very interesting data retrieved from mobile phones and special application which counts a number of mobile owner’s steps during the day. So according to those parameters, we can say that Indonesia is the laziest country in the world for 2017, with an average of 3,513 steps daily per capita. Unfortunately, many countries in the world, including Africans, are very poor and their citizens do not use mobile phones at all! So, how can we claim that they are lazy if we cannot use the same methodology on them?
Nevertheless, the site VenasNews approached this topic more seriously. They listed top hard working countries in Africa by using a combination of different information they had about particular countries. According to information they had about the culture, behaving in crisis, countries development through the history and number of countrymen in developed countries like US and Canada, they made a list of hard working and laziest countries in Africa. They even included the time when people in those countries wake up and go to sleep. It is similar to the methodology we used for our list of 13 laziest countries in the world so that you can compare with data in that article, too. So, in case you ever wondered what is the laziest country in Europe, for example, just check out the list.
Websites AfricaCheck and SundayStandard, however, were inadmissibly disrespectful when making the laziest countries list according to their reputation for poor work ethic and interest in the business. They combined information published in history books about African countries behavior during colonialism, and national productivity calculated by working hours of citizens in African countries. Botswana was named as first on the list of laziest countries in Africa thanks to that methodology.
Even though this list is not precise and does not rely on reliable data (the great number of people in Africa is unemployed, while poverty and Africa’s education crisis are everlasting issues), they can be used for a global calculations, like in our list of 15 hardest working countries in the world ranked by average working hours. The citizens of those countries certainly aren’t laziest workers in the world. But, for today’s list, we also used one of the most reliable resources — Guardian‘s article based on already mentioned Lancet’s study on physical inactivity around the world. They calculated the percent of the people in every country who are not active (meaning less than 5×30 minutes of physical activity per day) where the lowest numbers are obviously the best. So, if you are wondering what are the top 50 laziest countries in the world, there’s your answer. The same goes for most active countries. Nevertheless, in order to get the best results, we combined this study with lists and surveys mentioned above. What we come up with is Insider Monkey’s genuine list of laziest countries in Africa: