These are the happiest 10 countries in the world

How can you measure happiness? It seems so difficult to measure happiness, as it is subjective and difficult to define.

The United Nations has continued to try to determine the exact measurement. The annual result was the publicationWorld Happiness Report.

The UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network first published the report in 2012. It is now updated every year. It uses a variety of metrics to assess citizens in UN member states, including social support, personal freedoms, income per capita, and corruption levels.

What is the happiness report’s performance compared to other years?

The report released this year is slightly different. The 2021 report, in addition to the usual criteria, analysed the emotional reactions of people to the coronavirus pandemic, how governments responded to it, and how happiness levels were affected by trust in government.

The list of top 10 countries remains relatively unchanged from previous years, with every Nordic country appearing on the list once again. However, happiness ratings have seen dramatic changes due to the way the pandemic was handled.

The countries of East and South Asia have the greatest happiness gains. Coronavirus can be prevented by early intervention and strict government control.

Croatia was at the top of the list, jumping from 61st in 2020 to 23rd according to the most recent rankings. This can partly be attributed to the fact that Croatians worked largely unaffected during the pandemic while other workers were furloughed, or become unemployed.

It also highlighted the unhappy places on the other side of the spectrum. For example, Zimbabwe, India, Jordan and Tanzania were among the most unhappy countries over the past 12 months.

These are the happiest countries in 2018, ranked in ascending order. Did your country make it?

10. Austria

Canva/Getty Images ViennaAustria has maintained its title as the most liveable country in recent years. It makes sense that Austria would also be high up in the rankings. Austria is a country of high income with excellent social services. Austrians place more importance on lifestyle and the freedoms they have to enjoy them, from the beauty of the outdoors to the cultivation of their terroir.

9. New Zealand

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New Zealand is the only non-European nation to be in the top 10. It consistently ranks high for quality of life, work-life balance and overall quality of living. Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, has been praised for her efforts in balancing work and family life.Handling the pandemicHer early actions were credited with saving many lives and opening up society earlier than anyone else.

8. Norway

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Norway was last at the top of the rankings in 2017, and has been falling further down the table since then. However, Norwegians have nothing to complain about when it comes to their life evaluations. It has one of the most robust social security systems in the globe and a flourishing economy that is based on responsible management of its natural resource. This makes it a country where many people feel safe and happy. Living in a country with such a high standard of living is a blessing.Spending time outside is a venerated activityNorway’s exceptional natural beauty is a great help.

7. Germany

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Germany has risen 10 places in one year to be a new entry in the top 10. The last two surveys have shown that life evaluations are increasing. Key reasons include greater financial security and stability for the family. Until recently, Germans were generally happy with how their leaders dealt with the pandemic.

6. Sweden

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Sweden is often cited as the shining example of the Scandinavian welfare system. Although it ranks lower than previous years in the survey, Sweden is still a great place to live, work, and raise a family. This is due to its highly-respected education system, world-leading practices, and generous parental leave.

5. The Netherlands

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The Dutch have moved up one place from sixth to the dead-center of the table. They are happier than ever. Happiness starts at a young age in the Netherlands. Unicef, the Dutch Statistics Office, and the World Health Organization (WHO) have all reported consistently high levels of satisfaction among Dutch teens over the past decade.

4. Switzerland

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The Swiss system of government may be an exception in Europe and the rest of the world. The Swiss are highly involved in democratic participation and political savvy, with regular referenda on key topics. Your happiness seems to be directly related to having a large say in how your country runs. It’s also a great idea to live in these fairytale settings.

3. Denmark

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In recent years, the happiness ranking has ranked top among the Danes. With such lifestyle choices as the now internationally-recognised “hygge,” the Danish way of life has long been coveted around the world. Even though Denmark is slowly falling in the rankings, it has been a country that values its bikers and encourages respect for their surroundings.

2. Iceland

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Icelanders aren’t afraid of anything. Iceland is a small country with active volcanoes that can erupt at any time. The 350,000 inhabitants of Iceland know how to stay together during difficult times. In the aftermath of the 2007 financial meltdown that plunged Iceland into crisis, it did this. Icelanders, despite the harsh climate and long winters, are friendly and resilient people. This is evident in their happiness ratings.

1. Finland

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Finland was named the world’s happiest country for the fourth consecutive year. Finland’s high-income status and envy-worthy education system may be a factor in its happiness.Saunas are a great way to self-careOutdoor pursuits. In this year’s pandemic, trust in the government appears to have played an important role. According to the report, Finland was “very high in the measures of mutual distrust that have contributed to the protection of lives and livelihoods during the pandemic.”