Where is the happiest place on earth? Smack back in the middle of Scandinavia apparently. Snapping the number one spot for this year’s United Nations World Happiness report is the nation of Finland, known to be the land of the Midnight Sun and brutal winters but also home to the world’s happiest people.
The report aims to rank 156 countries on the six variables of income, life expectancy, freedom, social support, trust and generosity. It also looks at surveys for 117 nations and their immigrant’s happiness levels, providing a broad image of nation’s welfare. Whilst the same countries have been featured for the last 2 years, their relative positioning has change. Some interesting follow up countries include Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand and Sweden, with Australia rounding out the top 10.
Check out the full list below for both the world’s happiest and least happy countries below.
8. New Zealand
2. Central African Republic
3. South Sudan