Counting happiness is a very difficult task in this world. After all, it is the most important goal we have in our lives. Every year, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network releases the World Happiness Report. A study that examines the connections between happiness and development. The World Happiness Report 2021 has been especially interesting, as it has taken the effects of COVID-19 into account. It attempted to concentrate on how the pandemic has impacted people’s lives. And how governments around the world have handled the situation. If you’ve been wondering how the rest of the world is coping with all of this chaos. Here’s a rundown of the top five countries where people are still peaceful and happy.
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World’s Happiest Countries 2021
World’s happiest countries 2021
For the fourth year running, Finland has come out on top in the annual list powered by data from the Gallup World Poll. Accordingly, Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland, and the Netherlands following in the second, third, fourth, and fifth positions.
Finland is yet again the leading happiest country in the world. In fact, this is the fourth consecutive year for the Nordic country. For a long time, the country has been happier than the others. Thanks to some of the best education systems in the world. As of today, the nation is planning to reopen its restaurants, and speed up the vaccination process. As it sees a decline in covid positive cases. Finland has extensive welfare benefits, low levels of corruption, a well-functioning democracy, and an instilled sense of freedom and independence, which is a big part of what makes up the country happy.
Iceland, a nation rich in happiness, is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit, not to mention one of the happiest. The country attracting a large number of tourists each year and for remaining one of the world’s most advanced nations. Its people are tough and resilient, but they are also genuinely kind. Time and time again, the Icelandic people come out top of the UN’s World Happiness Report. Long winters and harsh weather may make living conditions a challenge, but the Icelandic people are incredibly cheerful and optimistic.
Nordic countries occupied the top three spots. Denmark is known to be at the top of its game as far as life expectancy, and social support is concerned. Citizens are highly satisfied with their lives because of reliable and extensive welfare benefits, low corruption, well-functioning democracy and freedom, work-life balance and small population. Denmark also has one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities.
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Switzerland is famous for its natural beauty with the Swiss Alps, Lake Geneva, the Eiger, and the Matterhorn. This country is a traveler’s paradise and the only European country in the top five. The nation goes to vote on most decisions. How many vacation days workers should have to how many immigrants should be allowed into the country. And referendums down to the local level happen many times a year. The Swiss are known to be insular, and they believe that every voice matters, which can go a long way toward feeling content.
The Nordic countries and the Netherlands lead the way in happiness. According to a UNICEF report from back in 2013. Dutch children are the happiest in the world. The nation has remained high on the happiness ranking since 2005. Based on a number of metrics related to educational well-being, safety, and health. The Netherlands performed strongly in terms of social support, life satisfaction, and freedom to make life choices.
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