Wouldn’t it be nice to live in the happiest country in the world? But how do you measure a country’s happiness? Well the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network (UNSDSN) thinks it knows how. Each year they conduct a survey and rate over 150 countries on the factors of GDP per capita, social support, freedom to make life choices, life expectancy, corruption and generosity. The survey for 2013 found that Europe has most of the top 10 happiest countries while Africa has some of the least happy countries.
Australia scored 7.350 on the survey’s happiness index and finished in the 10th place. The Australians are known to be generous and easy going and live life to the full. They love spending time outdoors and playing all kinds of sports. Crime is low in Australia and they are open to immigrants.
Iceland scored 7.355 and finished at the 9th spot. Iceland is a small country and before the collapse of 2007-08 was known to be one of the most stable economies in the world. The country has limited population, magnificent geological resources and close to zero crime rate. This year’s survey seems to show that Iceland has bounced back from its economic crisis.
Austria is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, nestled in the Alps. Vienna has been named the best city in the world to live and work in. Austria is also a favorite of tourists of all ages. The strong economy and low crime rates make it the 8th happiest country in the world with a score of 7.369.
Another European country in the list is Finland with a score of 7.389. Even though Nokia is not faring well, the Finnish people seem to be quite happy about it. This is another country with very low crime rates and a stable society which makes it the 7th happiest country in the world.
Canada is the only country from the Americas to be in the top 10 list. It scored 7.477 and is probably the most welcoming country in the world for immigrants. Despite being next door to USA where violence and crime is very high, Canada seems to be doing okay in keeping its citizens happy.
The score of 7.480 brings Sweden into the top 5 happiest countries in the world. Both its neighbors are on this list so it isn’t a surprise that Sweden too makes it. This part of the world seems to be particularly happy. Not just that Sweden’s capital Stockholm is one of the most advanced, and best to live in, cities in the world.
Netherland scored 7.512 and is the 4th happiest country on earth. It might be mostly because its capital is Amsterdam. Anyone who’s ever been to Amsterdam will understand why the people are so happy there. The Dutch are healthy, secure and happy to be living in their country.
Switzerland scores 7.650 and rounds up the top 3 happiest countries in the world. Switzerland’s policy to take no sides has served it well as it has stayed away from wars. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world so the locals will obviously be happy to be living in the most beautiful place in the world. Also must mention Swiss cheese, chocolate and army knife.
Norway scored 7.655 and is the second happiest country in the world. Norway is the least densely populated country in Europe which might be one of the reason why the people there are so happy; no nosy neighbors! Also the country has the fourth highest per capita income in the world. And they said money can’t buy happiness!
7.693 is the score received by Denmark, making it the happiest country in the world. The home of Vikings, Denmark had a strong navy from the beginning and today is a stable economy with one of the highest per capita income in the world. Corruption is low and the democracy is considered to be the most real democracy in the world. There is also very low income inequality which might be the biggest reason for its high rank.