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10 Happiest Countries In The World

Sheeba Nambiar May 13, 2019
The happiness of an individual depends on a variety of factors - physical and emotional well-being, wealth, socio-economic state, safety, security and freedom to make your life decisions. Here, get to know which country tops the list.
The 7th World Happiness Report that was published in March 2019 focused on the global happiness amongst the people and communities in 156 countries and how they find their lives to be; based on a life evaluation poll and other predictors.
The major predictors considered for this study included the GDP per capita in terms of the purchasing power, the life expectancy at birth, social support at the time of crisis, freedom in making life choices for oneself.
Social standards, digital media, governance, impact of conflicts between nations, generosity, corruption in government/in business, positive/negative effect -  the previous-day experiences of an individual measured for anger, sadness, joy, worry or laughter, also played a crucial role to rank the 10 happiest countries in the world.

Interesting Facts About The 10 Happiest Countries In The World In 2019

10 - Austria

It is the only nation in the European Union that is not a member of NATO.

Austrians don’t like to be confused with Germans.
Eisriesenwelt or World of the Ice Giants is the largest ice cave on earth.

It has one of the highest Nobel Prize winners.

Vienna, the capital of Austria is home to the world’s oldest zoo. It is also known to be one of the most livable cities in the world.

9 - Canada

It is the second largest country in the world.

Most of the land in Canada is uninhabited due to frigid weather conditions.
Montreal is one of the largest cities in Canada and after Paris; it's the 2nd largest city that speaks French.

Canadians also call themselves “Canucks”.

Whistler, British Columbia is one of the best places for downhill skiing in North America.

8 - New Zealand

Commercial bungee jumping started in NZ.

It was the first country to grant women the right to vote.
It is home to one of the most fascinating cultures in the world called Māori. Aotearoa is the Māori name for NZ.

It is the only country in the world; after Denmark; to have two official national anthems.

It does not have any land snakes.

7 - Sweden

As long as you respect and keep it clean, you are free to roam around anywhere in nature. Barring private gardens, houses and land reserved for cultivation, locals and visitors can camp anywhere or roam around to pick wild berries, flowers or mushrooms.
Sweden is one of the largest countries in Europe in terms of area.

It has one of the highest living standards in the world as a result of low unemployment, a sophisticated welfare system and the life experiences the country has to offer.
It is also known as The Kingdom of Sweden.

Most of Sweden is covered in forests and has many lakes and islands. The Right of public access allows the people to explore all these places at no cost.

6 - Switzerland

Red Cross was founded in Geneva, Switzerland.

It’s all about chocolate here! It is the leading exporter of chocolate in the world and has the highest consumption of chocolate as compared to other countries in the world.

Euthanasia or assisted suicide is legal in Switzerland.

It prides itself on being home to some of the best luxury watch producers in the world.

Is known for having the lowest crime rates in the world.

5 - Netherlands

It has more bikes than people and therefore is the most popular choice for the commute.

A big chunk of the country is below sea level.
According to the Oxfam Report, people of the Netherlands are the healthiest in the world.

They have a rich gastronomic culture and take pride in being the producers of fresh and sustainable local produce.

Dutch men and women are the tallest in the world.

4 - Iceland

Iceland has many active volcanoes and has over a hundred volcanic mountains.

Iceland's unique landscape is partly formed by volcanoes and partly by glaciers. This is why it is also known as “The Land of Fire and Ice”.
Commercial whaling is prohibited in most countries, but is allowed in Iceland.

It is one of the most eco-friendly countries in the world, as it utilises geothermal water sources to power most of the country’s electricity and heat.

It is one of the best places to observe the Northern Lights; provided the Icelandic weather permits.

3 - Norway

The Nobel Peace Prize ceremony is held in Oslo, Norway’s capital since 1901.

Japanese never used Salmon in Sushi until Norwegians introduced them to it.

It is proud to have won many Winter Olympic medals.
Northern Norway experiences Midnight Sun, where the sun never goes down for weeks and Polar Night when there’s no sign of sun for many weeks.

It has a 24.5 km long tunnel, making it the longest road tunnel in the world.

2 - Denmark

Denmark experiences high precipitation and can be very windy.

Monarchy of Denmark is the oldest continuing monarchy in the world.

Denmark has more bikes than cars.
Danes are known to drink a lot of coffee.

It’s considered to be the least corrupt country in the world.

1 - Finland

Finns have the world’s highest consumption of milk every year and are also heavy coffee drinkers.

Sauna tradition is big in Finland and has probably more saunas than cars.
Finns receive free education, even at the university level.

Has an egalitarian society believing in gender neutrality and was the first European country to provide equal voting rights to women.

Finns are popular for their strange sports such as Wife Carrying World Championship, Air Guitar World Championship, swamp football, mosquito hunting.