The 10 Happiest Countries In The World

Published 3 years ago on November 30, 2016
By vincent


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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.

10. Sweden

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.

9. Australia

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.

6. Canada

An open and culturally diverse nation with two official languages, a rich arts scene and masses of space for living and leisure.

Canada is right up there with the happiest of nations and a well maintained public transport system helps to navigate the enormous country filled with National Parks and friendly locals.


5. Finland

The nation of Finland only has a population of 5.2 million people meaning there is plenty to space to wander through the stunning nature the country has on offer.

However, for those 5.2 million there are around 3.3 million saunas in the country which is probably somewhat telling about the culture of relaxation the Finnish have.


4. Norway

Magnificent fjords, stunning lakes, sky-puncturing mountains and exhilarating glaciers all add to the beauty that Norwegians see every day.

The oil-rich and financially frugal country is very big on natural conservation as well as community spirit.

3. Iceland

With an amazingly diverse natural landscape and a tiny population of around just 300,000, Icelanders are very closely knit and proud of their rich heritage and natural wonders that their island holds.


Volcanoes, beaches, hot springs, verdant grasslands and geothermal geysers are all on show whilst the capital city of Rejikyavik has spectacular cultural displays all year round.


2. Switzerland

The happiest country in 2015, the prosperous, politically neutral nation has the lowest obesity rates in Europe, no doubt in part to its stunning mountainous terrain that encourages hiking, skiing, and general activity as well as boating lakes and clean, unpolluted air.

High wealth and good health are contributing factors to the happiness of locals.


1. Denmark

Free public services, such as healthcare and education, immensely active and bicycle friendly as well as being prosperous and politically stable, much of Denmark's happiness is attributed to its ingrained culture of 'hygge' that is a cultural identification loosely defined as feeling cozy in the company of friends and family over a meal.

This is not the first time Denmark has been announced the happiest nation and it is most likely all down to hygge.

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