The World’s 10 Happiest Countries

Girls in bikini with surfboards on Australian beach

Girls in bikini with surfboards on Australian beach

If you want to know the world, you have to travel. There are so many places to visit that it can often be difficult to choose where to go, but it can be a good idea to start by learning a bit about which countries are the happiest.

Every year the United Nations measures the quality of life for people around the world through various surveys and data analysis. Norway came out on top of a list of over 150 countries, ranked by independent experts on a variety of measures.

The factors considered include per capita gross domestic product, healthy years of life expectancy, trust and perceived freedom to make life choices.

Here are the 10 happiest countries:

10. Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

Stockholm, Sweden

Sweden is known to be the happiest country on the planet. They have some of the shortest work hours with the highest pay, as well as lots of free public services that keep their citizens happy.

Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden

Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden

Älvsborgsbron, Göteborg, Sweden

Älvsborgsbron, Göteborg, Sweden

9. Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge, across Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia

Sydney Harbour Bridge, across Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia

Despite what people may think about the rugged countryside and the many dangerous animals, Australia is also high on the list of the happiest countries. Its low pollution levels and beautiful landscapes make it a place to visit.

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia

The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park, Western Australia

The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park, Western Australia

Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia

Uluru (Ayers Rock), Australia

White sand beach, East Coast, Australia

White sand beach, East Coast, Australia

8. New Zealand

Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand

Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand

New Zealand offers stunning landscapes as well as welcoming people, making it another contender for happiest country in the world.

Auckland, New Zealand at night

Auckland, New Zealand at night

Beach in New Zealand

Beach in New Zealand

Road in the beautiful New Zealand countryside

Road in the beautiful New Zealand countryside

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand

7. Canada

Ottawa, Capital of Canada

Ottawa, Capital of Canada

Canada has a wealth of beauty to offer to its visitors and, with friendly locals, you will feel right at home when you visit. It is also one of the safest countries.

Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Parliament Hill, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Science World, Vancouver, Canada

Science World, Vancouver, Canada

Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada

Moraine Lake, Alberta, Canada

6. The Netherlands

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

This country is known for having the highest physical activity levels of any other country. Not only does this keep their citizens healthy, it also boosts their happiness.

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The Hague, The Netherlands

The Hague, The Netherlands

5. Finland

Helsinki, Capital of Finland

Helsinki, Capital of Finland

Another northern country, Finland is a land of fairytales and beauty. Expect to spend a lot of time in their famous saunas!

Lapland, Finland

Lapland, Finland

4. Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva, Switzerland

As of 2015, Switzerland was ranked in the top two countries in which to live. Its citizens enjoy a safe environment with well paying jobs as well as free healthcare.

St. Moritz, Village in Switzerland

St. Moritz, Village in Switzerland

The Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

The Matterhorn, Zermatt, Switzerland

Waterfall at Oeschinensee, Oeschinen Lake, Bernese Oberland, Canton of Bern, Switzerland

Waterfall at Oeschinensee, Oeschinen Lake, Bernese Oberland, Canton of Bern, Switzerland

3. Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland offers its citizens free health care, free higher education and low income tax. Iceland has also been rated one of the most peaceful nations on Earth. When you visit Iceland, be sure the check out the Blue Lagoon, the country’s most famous geothermal spa.

Kirkjufell, mountain in Iceland

Kirkjufell, mountain in Iceland

Godafoss,Waterfall Iceland

Godafoss,Waterfall Iceland

2. Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen, Denmark

Denmark offers its citizens all manner of free public services and it has some of the highest wage rates in the world. The cities are kept spotless and it is a country of high activity levels, so be prepared to spend time outdoors.

Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark

Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark

Canal in Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark

Canal in Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark

Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen, Denmark

Rosenborg Castle, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, Denmark

The Little Mermaid, Copenhagen, Denmark

1. Norway

Oslo, Norway

Oslo, Norway

Norway is one of the most successful countries in the world, providing high standards of living for its citizens. You will be stunned by glaciers and fjords when you visit.

Fjord in Norway

Fjord in Norway

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