The Happiest Places on Earth, According to Science

Happiness is a very difficult thing to measure and compare, after all, we all feel it in different ways. However, researchers from the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network analyze each country’s happiness levels based on a few factors: gross domestic product per capita, social support, life expectancy, trust and corruption, perceived freedom to make life decisions, and generosity. The reason behind these studies is simple, they want to inspire governments to make their countries happier places.




Scenic view of lake by trees during autumn in Vaasa, Finland

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If you have ever heard about researches regarding the happiest places on the planet, then you definitely heard that all Nordic countries are in the top 10 positions of the ranking. Finland has been leading the list since 2018, and its success is based on the great appreciation that the Finnish have for their teachers and educational system.




Colorful vibrant houses at Nyhavn harbor in Copenhagen, Denmark

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Denmark is a remarkable country. It is very much committed to producing renewable energy, it is home to Copenhagen, the most bike-friendly city in the entire world, and it is also surrounded by 4,605 km of a gorgeous coastline. With so much positivity, it’s not hard to believe that according to researchers, the Danish population is simply free of stress.




Port Arnarstapi in Iceland

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This Nordic country is home to all kinds of beautifully inspiring landscapes. Iceland is home to volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, glaciers, and even lava fields. While most of its residents live in the capital, Reykjavik, the naturally gorgeous views are only a drive away from them. Besides, Icelanders claim another reason for their happiness is that they feel safe knowing they can always count on their fellow citizens.