The Top 10 Happiest Countries to Live in the World.
The United Nations recently released their annual World Happiness Report, which included their list of the world’s top 10 Happiest Countries. The factors that used in this report include GDP per capita, life expectancy, social support, trust, corruption, and freedom. Here are The Top 10 Happiest Countries in the world as of 2020.
Luxembourg is a landlocked country in Western Europe. It’s neighbors are Belgium, Germany, and France. Its capital, Luxembourg City, is one of the four official capitals of the European Union, together with Brussels, Frankfurt, and Strasbourg. Its culture, people, and languages, are highly intertwined with its neighbors, making it a mixture of French, and German cultures.
Luxembourg made quite a leap from 14th to 10th position in the UN happiness report. With a population of just over 600,000 people, which makes it one of the least-populous countries in Europe, the small country offers high salaries and a strong social security system to help its citizens.
Luxembourg is a developed country, with an advanced economy and one of the world’s highest GDP per capita. The city of Luxembourg, which is the country’s capital and largest city, is the seat of several institutions and agencies of the European Union.
Austria is a landlocked East Alpine country in the southern part of Central Europe. Vienna is Austria’s capital and its largest city. Austria occupies an area of 83,879 km2 and has a population of nearly 9 million people. It is bordered by Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
Austria made the cut this year with high scores in life expectancy and GDP per capita. Major urban areas of Austria include Vienna, Graz, Linz, Salzburg, and Innsbruck. The country consistently ranks in the top 20 richest countries in the world by GDP per capita.
As one of the happiest country’s on earth, Austria has achieved a high standard of living and in 2018, it was ranked 20th in the world for Human Development. Vienna, its capital city, consistently ranks in the top internationally on quality of life indicators.
8. New Zealand.
New Zealand is an island country located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It’s capital city is Wellington, and its most populous city is Auckland. The official languages of the country are English and Māori. New Zealand underwent major economic changes during the 1980s which transformed its economy.
The country is about 2,000 kilometers east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and 1,000 kilometers south of the islands of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. The country has an array of topography and sharp mountain peaks.
A developed country, New Zealand ranks highly in international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, education, protection of civil liberties, government transparency, economic freedom, and Happiness.
Sweden is a Nordic country located in Europe. Sweden is the largest country in Northern Europe, the third-largest country in the European Union, and the fifth largest country in Europe by area. It borders Norway, Finland, and Denmark. With it’s capital city at Stockholm, Sweden has a total population of 10.3 million of which 2.6 million have a foreign background.
Sweden is a constitutional monarchy and a parliamentary democracy, The country is divided into 21 counties and 290 municipalities. As one of the happiest places to live on earth, Sweden maintains a Nordic social welfare system that provides universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens.
As of 2020, Sweden has the world’s eleventh highest per capita income and ranks very highly in quality of life, health, education, protection of civil liberties, economic competitiveness, income equality, gender equality, happiness, and human development.
6. The Netherlands.
The first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001. The Netherlands is a country primarily located in Western Europe and partly in the Caribbean. The country’s official language is Dutch. The four largest cities in the Netherlands are Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague, and Utrecht. Amsterdam is the country’s most populous city and nominal capital.
It ranked tenth on the human development index and 6th on the united nation’s world happiness report. Back in 2013, UNICEF reported that Dutch children are the happiest in the world. The country has a tradition of pillarization and a long record of social tolerance.
The Netherlands ranks among the highest in international indexes of press freedom, economic freedom, human development, and quality of life, as well as happiness. The country has legalized abortion, prostitution, and human euthanasia.
Norway is a Nordic country located in Europe. It has a total area of 385,207 square kilometers and a population of 5.3 million. Norway is bordered by Finland and Russia to the north-east, and the Skagerrak strait to the south, with Denmark on the other side.
Norway has been dropped in the world wide happiness ranking since 2017 when it held the top spot, This year it comes in as the fifth happiest country in the world. The country has a mix of well-integrated government welfare systems and a thriving economy built on responsible management of its natural resources.
Norway maintains the Nordic welfare model, with a universal health care and a comprehensive social security system. The country has the fourth-highest per-capita income in the world and the highest Human Development Index ranking on earth since 2009.
Iceland is another Nordic country on today’s countdown. With a population of just over three hundred and fifty thousand and an area of 103,000 km2, it is the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík. Iceland is volcanically active. Its high latitude keep summers chilly, with most of the archipelago having a polar climate.
Iceland ranks high in terms of happiness and social liberties. It has a market economy with relatively low taxes, compared to other countries, and maintains a Nordic social welfare system which provides universal health care and tertiary education for its citizens.
Iceland also ranks high in economic, democratic, social stability, and equality. It was ranked as the sixth most developed country in the world by the United Nations Human Development Index, and it ranks first on the Global Peace Index.
Officially the Swiss Confederation, is a country situated at the confluence of Western, Central, and Southern Europe. Composed of 26 cantons, with federal authorities based in Bern. It’s neighbors are Italy, France, Germany, Austria, and Liechtenstein.
Switzerland moved up to the 3rd spot this year. In Switzerland, everything is voted on, from how many vacation days workers should have, to how many immigrants should be allowed into the country. The sovereign state is one of the most developed countries in the world, with the highest nominal wealth per adult.
As of 2020, Switzerland has the eighth-highest per capita gross domestic product in the world. Apart from this list, it also ranks at the top in several international metrics, including economic competitiveness and human development. Additionally, Zürich, Geneva, and Basel are ranked among the top ten cities in the world in terms of quality of life.
Denmark is a Nordic country in Northern Europe. The country lies southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and is bordered to the south by Germany. Denmark has a population of 5.83 million as of 2020. The government and national parliament are seated in Copenhagen, the nation’s capital, largest city.
Home to the world’s most bike-friendly city and a coastline that you could spend a lifetime exploring, Denmark remains in the second spot this year.
Denmark is considered to be one of the happiest, economical, and socially developed countries in the world. Its citizens enjoy a high standard of living and the country ranks highly in education, health care, protection of civil liberties, democratic governance, and human development.
At the top spot on today’s countdown is another Nordic country located in Europe. Finland shares land borders with Sweden, Russia, and Norway. The country has a population of approximately 5.5 million, making it the 25th-most populous country in Europe. Finland is the eighth-largest country in Europe, and also the most sparsely populated country on the continent.
For the third year in a row, Finland is number one when it comes to happiness. The country consistently ranks among the top education systems in the world, occasionally beaten out by countries like South Korea, Japan, and Singapore. Finland is a top performer in numerous metrics of national performance, including education, economic competitiveness, civil liberties, quality of life, and human development.