Top 10 Happiest Countries in the World

At the end of the day, nothing in life is more important than happiness. If you’re happy, your life is good. Achieving and maintaining happiness can therefore be regarded as the biggest goal in one’s life. Many aspects of such happiness luckily depend on ourselves. They depend on our own actions and the personal life decisions we make. However, sadly there are also factors that are beyond our control which determine the level of happiness we feel in our lives. These factors can be defined by sudden deaths of loved ones, health problems or general problems that are forced on us by external forces or people.

One often underestimated factor of happiness is the surroundings we live in. Not just our closest surroundings, but more broadly the country we live in. Countries can differ greatly in the overall quality of live they provide to their citizens. And the quality of life is obviously a major factor for one’s happiness. As many studies have shown over they years, certain aspects of what a country offers (or doesn’t offer) to their inhabitants significantly correlates with the average level of happiness these citizens feel and experience.

The following ranking lists the currently 10 happiest countries in the world. It is based on the World Happiness Report which in turn is based on the following 6 ranking factors: GDP per capita, Social support level, Healthy life expectancy, Freedom to make life choices, Generosity and Perceptions of corruption. These factors are being measured for (almost) each country in the world and compared to a benchmark of the lowest national averages for each factor. On that basis, a score is being calculated which the ranking is based on.

The higher a country ranks in the ranking, the more happy an average inhabitant of said country can expected to be. Just a heads-up: One continent, and especially one specific region within that continent, is heavily dominating this ranking of the 10 happiest countries in the world…..

The 10 Happiest Countries in the World

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1. Finland


2. Denmark

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3. Switzerland


4. Iceland


5. Norway

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6. Netherlands


7. Sweden


8. New Zealand


9. Austria


10. Luxembourg


The 10 Happiest Countries in the World 2020

(based on the World Happiness Report)

Top 10 Happiest Countries in the World:
1. FINLAND
Happiness index score: 7,809
2. DENMARK
Happiness index score: 7,646
3. SWITZERLAND
Happiness index score: 7,560
4. ICELAND
Happiness index score: 7,504
5. NORWAY
Happiness index score: 7,488
6. NETHERLANDS
Happiness index score: 7,449
7. SWEDEN
Happiness index score: 7,353
8. NEW ZEALAND
Happiness index score: 7,300
9. AUSTRIA
Happiness index score: 7,294
10. LUXEMBOURG
Happiness index score: 7,238

Top 10 Happiest Countries in the World based on the 2020 World Happiness Report. The ranking is based on a country’s GDP per capita, social support level, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity and perceptions of corruption.

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