Happiest Countries In The World 2019
March 20 is the International Day of Happiness as declared by the United Nations and on this they The World Happiness Report was released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the UN. This report ranked 156 countries on key variables that support well-being including income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy and mental illness, social support and generosity. Not only the native-born but also their immigrants are the happiest immigrants. They rank them as the best possible life for them being a 10, and the worst possible life being a 0. Here are the top ten happiest countries in the world:
1. Finland (7.769):
Finland is the happiest country in the world. The 5.52 million people of this country enjoy high standards of living, one of the highest per capita incomes in the world, low corruption levels and more forest per square mile than any other European nation. The eighth largest country in Europe, Finland is a top performer in education, economic competitiveness, civil liberties, and human development. Finland also has been ranked as one of the most stable countries and second in the Global Gender Gap Report.
2. Denmark (7.600):
Denmark is the second happiest country in the world with the lowest perceived levels of corruption in the world. The creators of the report have noted that Nordic countries share similar social and political models and values, explaining how they have been toping this list. Denmark scores high when it comes to work-life balance, environment, and healthcare. The 5.8 million people in Denmark also enjoys a high level of income equality, 100% literacy rate.
3. Norway (7.554):
This prosperous nation is the third happiest country in the world. Norwegian people enjoy high unemployment benefits and pensions, with excellent free healthcare and education. It has one of the highest per capita income in the world and the largest sovereign wealth fund. Norway ranks first on the OECD Better Life Index, the Index of Public Integrity, and the Democracy Index and has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.
4. Iceland (7.494):
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Enchanting landscapes, low taxes, and free healthcare and education, Iceland regularly tops a wide variety of quality of life rankings. Iceland stands high in economic, democratic, social stability, and equality. It currently ranks first in the world by median wealth per adult and on the Global Peace Index. This nature-friendly country runs completely on renewable energy. One of the most developed countries, Iceland has also the highest per capita publication of books. It is illegal in Iceland to pay women less than men.
5. Netherlands (7.488):
According to studies, 94% of a youngster between the age of 12 and 18 claim to be very happy with their lives in the Netherlands. The Netherlands has a long record of social tolerance. It became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001. The Netherlands enjoy one of the highest per capita income globally, ranking among the highest for press freedom, economic freedom, human development, and quality of life.
6. Switzerland (7.480):
Switzerland routinely ranks at or near the top in several international metrics, such as economic competitiveness and human development. It is one of the most developed countries in the world with the highest nominal wealth per adult. Its cities Zürich, Geneva, and Basel have been ranked among the top ten cities in the world in terms of quality of life. With its postcard landscapes and clean air, the people of Switzerland also enjoy one of the lowest obesity rates in Europe, around 8%.
7. Sweden (7.343):
Sweden provides universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens and it also has one of the highest per capita income. Sweden regularly ranks highly in numerous metrics of national performance, including quality of life, health, education, protection of civil liberties, economic competitiveness, equality, prosperity and human development. Sweden offers an enviable work-life balance offering the longest paid vacation period.
8. New Zealand (7.307):
New Zealand ranks highly in national performance, such as quality of life, health, education, protection of civil liberties, and economic freedom globally. New Zealand is home to 4 million people and 30 million sheep. It will be the first country to launch the first “Wellbeing Budget”. New Zealand was quick to announce new guns laws banning military-style semi-automatic weapons after the tragic mass shooting at two mosques that left 50 people dead in Christchurch.
9. Canada (7.278):
Canada has the sixteenth-highest nominal per capita income globally and twelfth-highest ranking in the Human Development Index. It has the tenth-largest economy in the world. Canada largely relies on its abundant natural resources and well-developed international trade networks. The authors of this report highlighted how Canadians most likely to derive happiness from experiences that provide a sense of free choice, opportunities for social connection, and a chance to see how the help has made a difference, mentioning their innovative Group of 5 programs, where any five Canadians can privately sponsor a family of refugees.
10. Austria (7.246):
Low unemployment and inequality rates, and a high income per capita and life expectancy, have put Austria on the tenth position. This small paradise has a high electoral participation rate of 75%. One of the richest countries in the world by per capita GDP terms, Austria has developed a high standard of living and ranks high in the Human Development Index.