The 2016 World Happiness Report has been published, and has ranked 158 countries in order of contentment. The report took into consideration things such as social support, healthy life expectancy, generosity, corruption and freedom to make life choices.
The United Kingdom came in at 23rd, while the United States just missed the top ten at 13th. The countries at the bottom of the list were Burundi, Syria, Togo, Afghanistan, Benin, Rwanda, Guinea, Liberia and Tanzania.
But who are the 10 happiest nations?
Western Europe's third largest country fell two places this year. It's
the seventh richest country in the world, and home to 29 national parks
plus stunning cities such as Gothenburg and Stockholm.
Stunning beaches, cool cityscapes and The Great Barrier Reef, Australia
is home to some of the most exciting scenery in the world. Melbourne was
recently named 'the best city in the world to live in,' taking
consideration of factors such as quality of medical care and transport
8. NEW ZEALAND
New Zealand has some of the best, most unspoilt scenery in the world,
from beaches to rainforests, mountains to lakes. Crime is low, there are
barely any lethal wildlife creatures and the country has a vibrant
history and culture.
From Van Gough to Rembrandt, the Netherlands has produced some of the greatest artists in the world. Whether you visit Amsterdam's canals, marvel at Rotterdam's stunning architecture or head to the forests of Hoge Veluwe National Park, there are plenty of reasons to be happy in the Netherlands.
Canada has both a high life expectancy and average income which means it has become a pretty happy place to be. Canada doesn't just have mountains, glaciers and lakes, but some of the cleanest and friendliest cities too.
In the past Finland has been known as being one of the most peaceful
countries in the world, and one with the highest quality of life. It has
also been seen as having one of the best education systems in the
world. Its capital, Helsinki, was voted as one of the most liveable
cities in the world by Monocle.
Norway is known for being one step ahead when it comes to its liberal
views and laws. Fathers in Norway can take up to 12 weeks paid parental
leave, while there are 32,000 electric cars driving on its streets. Plus
its home to miles and miles of stunning scenery – a ski fanatic's
What's not to love about Iceland? Northern Lights, hot springs and Björk
all grace the beautiful country. It also has a literacy rate of 99%,
and publishes more books per capita than any other country. Plus, a lot
of Icelanders believe in elves and trolls and even build roads AROUND
the places they supposedly live!
The Swiss' average life expectancy is 83, and many of its residents are
multilingual, speaking English, German and French. But it has been
incredibly desirable for many expats to move to thanks to its often low
tax rates, stable economy, low crime rates and high standard of living.
This year, Denmark was seen as the happiest place to live thanks to its
fantastic healthcare and welfare systems, good life expectancy (80
years) and stunning places to live. The beauty of Denmark is that Danes
are notorious not only for their hospitality but their sense of
community. Because after all, they are the most cheerful in the world!