The 10 Happiest Countries In The World
Every year, the United Nations measures the quality of life of people across the globe through intense surveys and data analysis. What makes a happy country includes several factors including level of physical happiness, political stability and just the feeling of contentment. Since the UN started measuring happiness back in 2012, the same 13 countries have dominated the highest echelons of the rankings and all seem to have a formula of good governance, strong sense of community, respect for fellow citizens, and general high quality of life.
You can read the full report by clicking here but we look at the top 10 happiest countries in the world.
One of five Nordic countries that make their way into the top 10, Sweden is a beautiful country with gorgeous and stunning scenery. Strangely enough, part of why Sweden is so happy is their coffee culture. One of the three highest coffee consuming countries in the world, Sweden has a cultural affinity to coffee with a notion called 'fika'.
This is literally just a break time where coffee and cake are consumed but so ingrained into the national psyche is it, that people will quite often make time in their working day for it and it helps communities bond as locals will often discuss events and goings on during fika.
The sixth largest country in the world by land mass, it actually has a relatively low population and as such, communities tend to be tight-knit but also have the space to get away from each other and for outdoor leisure activities. This also means there are very low levels of pollution and the stunning natural scenery is relatively untouched.
High civic engagement and the great Australian barbecue, made possible by year round decent weather, make for friendly and laid-back locals.
8. New Zealand
The awe-inspiring scenery and a low-density population mean that there is so much to see and do in the island nation of New Zealand with low levels of pollution making it one of the most biodiverse islands in the world.
Stunning National Parks and a rich and diverse history has helped imbue a sense of community and belonging amongst the natives who prize their nation's natural resources and beauty.
7. The Netherlands
An incredibly fit nation, those in the Netherlands actually report the highest level of physical activity anywhere in the world, in no short part due to their incredible cycling culture. With 20,000 miles of cycle safe lanes throughout the country, the capital of Amsterdam is one of the most cycle-friendly cities globally.
All those endorphins from exercise are known to make people feel happier and the art, coffee and liberal attitudes also help.