It’s hard to measure happiness, as sometimes it’s made up of the little things that don’t show up on charts and scanners. But we humans love a challenge. And so every year we publish The World Happiness Report — a measure of happiness published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and prepared by a group of independent experts. It’s based on decades of economic, sociological, and psychological research. But we noticed that among the top ten of the happiest countries there are those that aren’t listed among the coziest corners of the world. Maybe it’s all about being surrounded by impossible beauty and looking at the bright side of life?
10th place — Sweden
The land of snow-covered forests, the Northern Lights and magnificent castles.
9th place — Australia
It seems that you’ll need a lifetime to see all there is to see in Australia. And that’s not counting the Great Barrier Reef and amazing sights that you won’t find on any other continent.
8th place — New Zealand
Ever since ’The Lord of the Rings’ movies came out, everyone knows that New Zealand is the most breathtaking place out there. Both here and in Middle-Earth, so you know it’s serious. Locals pay for the scenery with constant earthquakes, but those tourists who make the trip anyway can’t help but fall under this country’s spell.
7th place — The Netherlands
The Netherlands is the country of windmills, cute little sheep, tulips, bicycles and canals.
6th place — Canada
Fringed with rivers and bays, the land of Canada seems to have been specially designed for photoshoots. National parks, hanging bridges, random bears, Niagara Falls — something will always catch your eye.
5th place — Finland
The home of Santa Claus and the Moomins. The harsh yet beautiful nature of this country has given birth to some of the cutest and funniest fictional characters ever.
4th place — Norway
Here you’ll find plenty of grim romance, fjords, ice and the Northern Lights. This is the most ’heroic’ country out there. Vikings and Valkyries are born in Norway, longing for dangerous and glorious adventures.
3rd place — Iceland
The local landscapes are so unusual that you can easily shoot sci-fi movies here without any CGI.
2nd place — Switzerland
Romantic alpine slopes provide a gorgeous backdrop for those who live here. This is Europe’s most mountainous country. And of course, in Switzerland they make world-famous chocolate, which is known for its ability to make people happy.
1st place — Denmark
Elegant lakes with sandy beaches, toy-like farms and ancient castles — all of this is Denmark, the happiest place on Earth.