National Geographic, CNN and many other media published a list of the 10 happiest countries in the world. Whether from an economic stand point of view; friendly people, quality of life or great views, these countries are definitely worth the trip!
The list of “happy countries” is based on information shared by the United Nations, measuring the quality of life in all countries worldwide. What’s interesting is that these 10 countries dominate the list for the last 5 years, since 2012, when the reporting first began.
The top 10 countries are perceived as generous and trustworthy, offering a great experience to travelers from all over the world.
Top 10 Happiest Countries In The World
Taking a coffee break or fika as the locals call it, in Sweden brings a warming experience, where you can see friends meet over coffee to catch up, sharing the latest news and eating pastry. This country is always near the top of the happiness report, reflecting high levels of joy and satisfaction among the locals.
The warm climate and the friendly culture, engaging the locals in frequent barbeque gatherings offers a great experience to travelers. Visit local breweries and try the local specialties, from seafood dishes to a variety of meat. In West Australia, on the lake Kununurra, there’s a tour where you can dine with a view, known as the BBQ sunset cruise. Also, don’t miss the largest coral reef system in the world, known as the Great Barrier Reef.
8. New Zealand
This country is an ecological paradise island. Occupied by people for only about 800 years, it offers extravagant views of volcanoes, craters and ancient sites of the Maori culture. Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand is an incredible place to visit, offering delicious food and great coffee culture.
7. The Netherlands
In spring season, with all tulip fields, the Netherlands is an amazing country to visit. The biking culture is at a very high level in this country, with more than 20,000 miles of cycling lanes, enabling secure travel. A bicycle trip all over Amsterdam can turn out to be very adventurous for any traveler.
Canada is culturally diverse and spacious country. By total area, it is the world’s second largest country. But, it’s not much populated. Travelers who love hiking can enjoy the many national parks and Rocky Mountains.
Most probably, this country has the largest number of hot saunas in the world. At a population of 5.2 million people, it has about 3.3 million hot saunas. You can find them next to office buildings, or on the side of lake houses, and are open for everyone to enjoy. Also, you can sleep under the stars and enjoy the view of the Northern Lights from the glass igloos in the enchanting arctic resort Kakslauttanen.
Snowboarding and skiing, restaurants with Michelin stars, and amazing landscapes with fjords is what Norway offers to its visitors.
National parks, beaches, volcanoes, and amazing outdoor landscapes is what you can see when you visit Iceland. The Blue Lagoon is a lava field turned into a geothermal spa, where many locals and tourists find great enjoyment and relaxation.
This country has the biggest ski resort, offering excitement for many visitors and residents. Also, it’s the most famous “chocolate country” making some of the best chocolates in the world. In addition, it offers enjoyment in many extreme sports, such as paragliding, kayaking and canyoning, with the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful mountain landscapes.
Denmark has been on the top of the happiness report for several times by now. Next to offering free education and health services, it has a very strong sense of community and social life. Hygge is a local tradition of friends gathering and sharing a meal or drinks, making everyday moments special and meaningful.