March 20 is the International Happiness Day which is celebrated throughout the world. It was initiated by United Nations back in 2012 based on the achievement of sustainable development goals. Every year UN releases a report of countries with the highest happiness index. This ranking criterion focuses on the community, government policies, citizens’ freedom, social norms, generosity and prosocial behaviour etc. As of March 2019, the top 10 countries (the ranking has changed slightly over the past years) with the highest happiness index are given below.
Austria has played a strong game this year knocking Australia out of the list of top 10 countries. The speciality of Austria is that its capital Vienna is ranked/considered to be the most liveable city. In addition, the social support and freedom of the citizens are also the major factors which contribute to make Austria to the list.
Canada stood ninth in the list whereas last year it was in the seventh spot. Canada is the second biggest country and has good ranking in each category of happiness index. However, great life expectancy was dominant.
New Zealand has its charm in every season. Although it is a far flanged land, but it is considered the most relaxed country that ultimately leads to happiness and relaxation.
Sweden and Canada have somehow exchanged their places. People are very connected, they share their sorrow and happiness, and support each other which contribute to their happiness. Along with that the life expectancy is also high, another good reason to be in the top ten list.
Over the years, the rank of Switzerland has decreased; still this country never fails to amaze you with its beautiful landscape, no matter whether you are there on vacations or live there permanently. Due to tourism, this country has a fat economy, and the life expectancy is also amazing which seemed to be a fine reason to be on the top list.
People of Netherland love to have a free lifestyle. This freedom and pace of life have pushed it towards the 5th position.
Iceland is a small populated country which is famous for its equality. It won’t be an exaggeration if we say it is a real heaven. Accessible education system, free health care, low taxes etc are the main determiners to call it a happy country.
Imagine a corruption free state. Is it even possible? Of course, it is. Norway is a country with minimal corruption or no corruption at all. The supportive people, freedom and emerging economic prosperity make it a happy country.
Finally, Danish people are happy XOXO! Denmark has made it to 2nd spot due to amazing life expectancy and little gap in economy.
Yes, you read it right, Finland is the winner, because of its fabulousgenerosity, zero corruption, remarkable GDPand astonishing freedom which make it a best place to live in. However, if you can’t afford it, you can simply pay a visit and enjoy some happy moments of your life.