Top Ten Happiest Countries in The World

Top Ten Happiest Countries in The World 

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Top Ten Happiest Countries in The World 

Top Ten Happiest Countries in The World 

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Who is the happiest? 

For the fourth year running, Finland, the Nordic nation of nearly six million people, has topped the list of 149 countries in the World Happiness Report. European countries are considered the happiest nations with nine of the top ten happiest countries are from Europe.

Since the ranking was first published in 2012, the United Nations have taken different aspects into account to analyse and happiness. The results are published in its annual World Happiness Report. They include: 

Happiest countries in the world: 

  1. Finland
  2. Denmark
  3. Switzerland
  4. Iceland
  5. Netherlands
  6. Norway
  7. Sweden
  8. Luxembourg
  9. New Zealand
  10. Austria

 Least happy countries in the world: 

  1. Zimbabwe
  2. Tanzania
  3. Jordan
  4. India
  5. Cambodia
  6. Benin
  7. Myanmar
  8. Namibia
  9. Egypt
  10. Kenya

Happiness in an unprecedented time 

Finland is known for its outstanding public school system, good healthcare and egalitarian culture. That Finland kept its title during the pandemic is no surprise to international media. The New York Times states that Finns consider themselves as melancholic and reserved – both traits meant that they had mastered social distancing long before the pandemic. When coronavirus restrictions were introduced, requiring people to keep two metres apart from others, jokes in Finland started circulating: “Why can’t we stick to the usual four meters?” 

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What factors explain happiness? 

Here are the main factors that the Happiness Report measures to gauge each country’s happiness level:

  • GDP per capita
  • Healthy life expectancy
  • Available social support
  • The degree of freedom to make decisions about one’s life
  • Generosity within society
  • The absence of corruption.

In countries where the above six factors score highly, people are likely to have higher degrees of reported happiness.

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