Do you want to know which are the happiest countries in the world? Every year, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network publishes a statistics known as the World Happiness Report. First released in April 2012, the report is exactly what it sounds like – ranking of the happiest countries in the world based on how happy their inhabitants feel. The survey is based on several main factors including real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption, and generosity. Though some countries on the list may not be all that surprising, some might just take you by surprise. Furthermore, the rankings are quite surprising with some countries placing lower than you might expect and others placing higher. So, are you ready to find out which are the happiest countries in the world?
If you’re interested in learning about the happiness of countries, you might also be interested in learning about which countries are the most peaceful (two similar but not necessarily equal things).
Panama (score: 6.786)
Boasting one of the largest and fastest growing economies in Central America, Panama is a country where tourism is an important contributor to the GDP. Although the country’s economy has improved significantly, about 25% of the population still live in poverty. Nevertheless, Panama ranked as the 25th happiest country in the world.
Singapore (score: 6.798)
With one of the highest per capita incomes and one of the longest overall life expectancies in the world, Singapore places high in international rankings with regard to living standards and economic competitiveness. Excellent healthcare, education, infrastructure and low unemployment are among the reasons why Singapore is such a happy place to live in.
Venezuela (score: 6.810)
Rich in natural resources (particularly oil), Venezuela is among the most urbanized and developed countries in Latin America. Although – similarly to its southern neighbor Brazil – the country has been struggling with some serious problems such as high crime rate, drug trade etc., the Venezuelans are still the 23rd happiest nation in the world.
Oman (score: 6.853)
Oman is one of just two Arab countries that made it to the list. Despite not having as rich resources as its neighbors, Oman was ranked as the world´s most improved nation in terms of development during the preceding 40 years and is now categorized as one of the high-income economy countries, which also might be a reason why the Omani feel happy.
United Kingdom (score: 6.867)
Ranked on the top spots in most economy-related statistics, the United Kingdom is a country with one of the highest living standards in the world. A major world power with considerable economic, cultural, scientific, and political influence, it is a country where – despite the notoriously bad local weather and cuisine – people seem to live happy lives.