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Want to know which is the happiest country in the world? Here’s an updated list of the happiest countries in the world 2019. 

Measuring happiness is somewhat complex since the definition of happiness varies from person to person. However, every year, the World Happiness Report ranks 153 countries worldwide after how happy the citizens perceive themselves. 

The following six factors are used to rank the happiest countries in the world: levels of GDP, life expectancy, generosity, social support, freedom, and corruption. These are currently the most accurate ways of measuring happiness on a global scale. 

Finland

Finland is the happiest country in the world of 2019 with a total of 7769 happiness points. It’s the second year in a row that the Finns can pride themselves on being the happiest people in the world. 

They also ranked first in the Happiness report of 2016 and have consistently been ranking at the top for many years. The three biggest factors behind Finland’s success are a high GDP per capita, Social Support, and the absence of corruption.

Finland is especially famous for the Sauna lifestyle and even Burger King in Helsinki has its own sauna.

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Denmark

Denmark is another happy country in Scandinavia and it scores high across all categories. The Danish lifestyle and “Hygge” has become famous worldwide. The Danes can pride themselves on having one of the smallest wealth gaps in the world as well as great social support.

What’s also interesting and quite surprising is the fact that Denmark is also the country that has the least happy expats in the world.

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Norway

Norway dropped one position from 2018 but remains as one of the top 3 happiest countries in the world. Just like Finland and Denmark, Norway is scoring high across all categories. 

Norwegians can enjoy an excellent life expectancy, high GDP per capita, and freedom. They also have something that is quite unique, known as Allemansretten, which also exists in Sweden and Finland.

Allemansretten is a law that gives people the right to access to nature, regardless of being private or public land.

Norway is one of the happiest countries in the world

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Iceland

Iceland is dubbed as the land of fire and ice, and for those traveling there, it’s possible to experience all kinds of weather in a single day. Since the banking crisis in 2008, this tiny island nation has risen and is now thriving. 

It’s a rather isolated country with a relatively small population of some 360 000 people. In addition to beautiful landscapes, Iceland is also known for its education, health care system, and gender equality.

Iceland is a happy country

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Netherlands

The Dutch can pride themselves on being one of the 5 happiest countries in the world. The Netherlands actually went up one spot compared to last year. 

The Netherlands is home to Amsterdam and has become famous worldwide as one of the most liberal countries in the world. Additionally, Dutch people are known for being relaxed and easy-going while at the same time being creative and business-minded. 

Happy girl in Netherlands

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Switzerland

Switzerland is one of the richest countries in the world and the Swiss people can enjoy an incredibly high standard of life. In 2015, it was ranked as the happiest country in the world, but since then it has dropped down to 5th place. 

Despite that, it continues to score high across all categories, including life expectancy, GDP per capita, and absence of corruption. Another thing that’s quite unique with Switzerland is the fact that Swiss citizens can collect signatures to question a law that was recently passed. 

Furthermore, the Swiss Alps are famous worldwide as well as Swiss chocolate and watches. 

Happiness in Switzerland

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Sweden

Sweden has been getting some bad publicity this year, but overall it remains as one of the happiest nations in the world. Social support, freedom of life choices and absence of corruption are some of the main contributors. 

Swedes are in general quite happy and satisfied with their life situation. There is a Swedish word known as Lagom, which means just about right, not too much and not too little. It’s well integrated into Swedish culture and everyday life. 

Happy Swedes

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New Zealand

New Zealand is famous for many things, and happiness is just one of them. It’s also only one out of two countries in the top 10 happiest countries in the world that aren’t located in Europe. 

New Zealand remains at the same position (8th) as the previous year in the annual happiness report. 

Happy folks in New Zealand

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Canada

Canadians are known for being the most polite people in the world, and Canada is a big role model when it comes to multiculturalism. The country scores high in every category and has been ranking at the top for many years. 

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Austria

Austria is one of the 10 happiest countries in the world after climbing 2 positions in the last happiness report, pushing out Australia from the top 10.

There are many reasons for the high score in Austria, but the two main contributors are social support and the absence of corruption. Furthermore, Vienna is now also considered as one of the most liveable cities in the world. 

Austria is known for its beautiful mountains and elegant architecture as well as charming small towns such as Hallstatt.

Happy Austrian

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What do the world’s happiest countries have in common?

It’s important to take a closer look at what the happiest countries in the world have in common. That is the key for other nations to improve in the future. These countries are some of the richest countries in the world and they continue to rank in the top year after year.

If the world can become a happier place, that will lead us closer to global peace and thriving of all nations, and not just a few. If we can come together as a species and learn from each other’s mistakes and help one another, it’s certainly possible. 

Here are some of the common denominators among the happiest countries in the world.

  • Well-educated people
  • Social support is widely available
  • Low crime rate and high safety levels
  • Absence of war with little to no involvement in international conflicts
  • Most of their citizens feel that they are free to make their own life choices
  • Their economies are thriving and all of them have a high GDP per capita
  • The average life expectancy is longer than most other countries
  • Several of them rank high per generosity levels
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The least happy countries in the world 2019

Unfortunately, not all countries are as happy as the happiest countries in the world. There is still a lot of misery, poverty, wars, and corruption around the world. 

South Sudan is the least happy country in the world 2019, which is perhaps not very shocking since there’s an on-going humanitarian crisis.  The same goes for the Central African Republic, which is ranked as the poorest country in the world

However, there are some surprising countries in the bottom as well, such as Tanzania, Rwanda, and Botswana. The main reason for this is because of low scores on GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy as well as freedom to make life choices. 

  1. South Sudan
  2. The central African Republic
  3. Afghanistan
  4. Tanzania
  5. Rwanda
  6. Yemen
  7. Malawi
  8. Syria
  9. Botswana
  10. Haiti

Happiness Report 2019

Here’s the full list of the happiest countries in the world 2019, ranked by United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The full happiness report can be read here

Overall rankCountry or regionScore
1Finland7.769
2Denmark7.600
3Norway7.554
4Iceland7.494
5Netherlands7.488
6Switzerland7.480
7Sweden7.343
8New Zealand7.307
9Canada7.278
10Austria7.246
11Australia7.228
12Costa Rica7.167
13Israel7.139
14Luxembourg7.090
15United Kingdom7.054
16Ireland7.021
17Germany6.985
18Belgium6.923
19United States6.892
20Czech Republic6.852
21United Arab Emirates6.825
22Malta6.726
23Mexico6.595
24France6.592
25Taiwan6.446
26Chile6.444
27Guatemala6.436
28Saudi Arabia6.375
29Qatar6.374
30Spain6.354
31Panama6.321
32Brazil6.300
33Uruguay6.293
34Singapore6.262
35El Salvador6.253
36Italy6.223
37Bahrain6.199
38Slovakia6.198
39Trinidad & Tobago6.192
40Poland6.182
41Uzbekistan6.174
42Lithuania6.149
43Colombia6.125
44Slovenia6.118
45Nicaragua6.105
46Kosovo6.100
47Argentina6.086
48Romania6.070
49Cyprus6.046
50Ecuador6.028
51Kuwait6.021
52Thailand6.008
53Latvia5.940
54South Korea5.895
55Estonia5.893
56Jamaica5.890
57Mauritius5.888
58Japan5.886
59Honduras5.860
60Kazakhstan5.809
61Bolivia5.779
62Hungary5.758
63Paraguay5.743
64Northern Cyprus5.718
65Peru5.697
66Portugal5.693
67Pakistan5.653
68Russia5.648
69Philippines5.631
70Serbia5.603
71Moldova5.529
72Libya5.525
73Montenegro5.523
74Tajikistan5.467
75Croatia5.432
76Hong Kong5.430
77Dominican Republic5.425
78Bosnia and Herzegovina5.386
79Turkey5.373
80Malaysia5.339
81Belarus5.323
82Greece5.287
83Mongolia5.285
84North Macedonia5.274
85Nigeria5.265
86Kyrgyzstan5.261
87Turkmenistan5.247
88Algeria5.211
89Morocco5.208
90Azerbaijan5.208
91Lebanon5.197
92Indonesia5.192
93China5.191
94Vietnam5.175
95Bhutan5.082
96Cameroon5.044
97Bulgaria5.011
98Ghana4.996
99Ivory Coast4.944
100Nepal4.913
101Jordan4.906
102Benin4.883
103Congo (Brazzaville)4.812
104Gabon4.799
105Laos4.796
106South Africa4.722
107Albania4.719
108Venezuela4.707
109Cambodia4.700
110Palestinian Territories4.696
111Senegal4.681
112Somalia4.668
113Namibia4.639
114Niger4.628
115Burkina Faso4.587
116Armenia4.559
117Iran4.548
118Guinea4.534
119Georgia4.519
120Gambia4.516
121Kenya4.509
122Mauritania4.490
123Mozambique4.466
124Tunisia4.461
125Bangladesh4.456
126Iraq4.437
127Congo (Kinshasa)4.418
128Mali4.390
129Sierra Leone4.374
130Sri Lanka4.366
131Myanmar4.360
132Chad4.350
133Ukraine4.332
134Ethiopia4.286
135Swaziland4.212
136Uganda4.189
137Egypt4.166
138Zambia4.107
139Togo4.085
140India4.015
141Liberia3.975
142Comoros3.973
143Madagascar3.933
144Lesotho3.802
145Burundi3.775
146Zimbabwe3.663
147Haiti3.597
148Botswana3.488
149Syria3.462
150Malawi3.410
151Yemen3.380
152Rwanda3.334
153Tanzania3.231
154Afghanistan3.203
155Central African Republic3.083
156South Sudan2.853

Which is the happiest country in the world 2019?

Finland has been awarded the status of being the happiest country in the world 2019. Finland was also ranked number one in the happiness report 2018. 


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