Top 10 Happiest Countries in the World 2020

The World Happiness Report (WHR) of 2018 gives a brief description of the happiness levels of all the countries in the world. The report is an annual publication of UN’s sustainable development solutions network which contains data according to various perspectives of national happiness and their ranking based on the analysis of people’s well-being and living standards.

The most important finding of the whole report is that the ranking of countries according to the happiness of their immigrants is almost the same as that of the rest of the population. Here the list of 10 happiest countries in the world.

10  Australia, Happiness Index: 7.139


Australia holds the tenth position in the list of happiest countries in the world. This sovereign country is officially known as the Commonwealth of Australia. It covers the mainland of the Australian continent and numerous islands. The capital of this sixth largest country in the world mainland Canberra and its biggest city is Sydney.

Australia enriched with the presence of golden beaches and its extraordinary weather conditions. There are many places to get escape from the crowd, and a unique lifestyle is always noticeable in the country. The Great ocean road in the country is also an internationally recognized tourist destination.

The country reviewed to be the 13th largest economy of the world and holds the tenth highest rate of per capita income. The quality of life in the country is too high considering the overall health, economic freedom, and political rights. Australia holds its membership in ASEAN Plus mechanism, Commonwealth of Nations, G20, United Nations, and World Trade Organization as well.

The population of the country is around 25 million, and the society seems highly urbanized. Among the people there 26% are immigrants from all over the world. The world happiness report ranked Australia with an overall score of 7.139, which confirms its position in the list.

9 Sweden, Happiness Index: 7.314


The Kingdom of Sweden is a Scandinavian country in the Northern European region. The country shares its borders with Norway, Finland and connects to Denmark via bridge-tunnel. The country is also mentioned to be the third largest one in the entire European Union.

The population of Sweden is 10.2 million, out of that 2.4 million people are immigrants. Another one fact regarding Sweden is that the population density is comparatively low there. About 85% of the people tend to choose the urban areas of the country. As a result, Sweden is also mentioned to be a rural country.

Sweden is the seventh richest country in the world. Because of the higher rate of GDP per capita income, people in the country experiences a high living standard. The economy focuses on export-oriented nature of iron, timber and hydropower resources. The country thus gives much emphasis on foreign trade as well.

The country provides better health care and education facilities for the citizens. The national performance, prosperity, and equality are also metrics contributing to the top position of Sweden among the happiest countries. World happiness report ranked the country with a happiness index of 7.314. Beautiful Stockholm is another attraction of this happiest country.

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8 New Zealand, Happiness Index: 7.324


New Zealand is a happiest sovereign island country situated in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. It holds two mainland parts North and South Island and other numerous islands. New Zealand was a remote area, and hence it is the last lands settled by human beings. This remote and unbeatable way of life makes the residents as well as the travelers, happier.

The country is rich with diverse biodiversity of animals and plant life. It also holds other attractions like mountain peaks and varied topography. Wellington is the capital city of the country, and Auckland is the most populous city there.

New Zealand ranks higher in national performance measures including higher rates in health, education, and quality of life. During the 1980s, New Zealand started transformation into a free trade economy of the times. It shows domination in the agricultural, industrial and economic sectors.

Tourism development also plays a significant role in its revenue source. The Kaikoura in New Zealand is a significant place of tourist destinations. As per the happiness index published by UN, the country is ranked with a score of 7.324. Thus the developed country ensures its place in the eighth position among the happiest countries in the world.

7 Canada, Happiness Index: 7.328


Canada is the seventh happiest country in the world as per the evaluation of 2018. The happiness metrics which contributes to its position are peak life expectancy ratio, small population, and beautiful landscape. This country located in North America. The extensive coverage of the landscape makes the country the second largest one in the entire world by area.

The major part of the population in Canada is focused on the urban cities to settle down. Ottawa is the capital of the country. The largest metropolitan regions of the country are Montreal, Vancouver, and Toronto. The climate of Canada varies depending on the areas, and usually, it has four different seasons.

The country’s population holds heterogeneous people. Canada also has a federal parliamentary democracy with a constitutional monarchy system. This multicultural nation is bilingual at official levels. Large number immigrants cause the main contribution of multicultural behavior of the country. The country is also the tenth largest one in the world by the economy. It is relying on natural resources and well-formed trade networks of the country.

Another one major feature of Canada is the long-standing relationship with the United States, which accounts for the economic balance. This developed country holds the tenth rank in the human development index globally. The happiness index of the country is 7.328. Canada holds the 7th position in the list of happiest countries in the world.

6 Netherlands, Happiness Index: 7.441


Netherland is a famous country exists in Western Europe with a population of seventeen million. It often referred to as Holland. Netherland is a fast, easygoing and well known for the iconic view of it. The term Netherlands means lower countries, by its small and flat geography.

The country is the second largest exporter of agricultural and food products all over the world. It is due to the fertility of the soil and the mild climatic conditions of the country. The developed agricultural methods also contribute to this position.

The chosen representatives have control over the government’s activities. The parliamentary democracy is also responsible for the organized ruling of the country. Netherland is a liberal country with legalized rules for prostitution, abortion and euthanasia. It also maintains a progressive drug policy system.

The mixed economy structure of the country makes it in 17th position over the world according to the Economic freedom index. The UN world happiness report ranked the country as the sixth happiest in the world, because of high living quality. Netherland has better healthcare services, good educational as well as social benefits, making it apt for the awarded position with a happiness index of 7.441.

5 Switzerland, Happiness Index: 7.487


Switzerland is a sovereign state of Europe. It situated in Western-Central Europe, bordered by Italy, France, Germany, Liechtenstein, and Austria. The country divided within the regions of the Alps, Swiss, and Jura. The Zurich and Geneva are two major global cities of the country.

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Switzerland believed as a better place to be the hometown. The unique features of the country include the booming economy, phenomenal infrastructure, and educational services. These different policies are the key secrets to its success internationally. The clean environment also makes an increase in the life expectancy of people to mid-eighties.

The country is the birthplace of international organizations, including Red Cross and UN office. Switzerland is a founding member of the European Free Trade Association. German, French, Italian and Romansh based linguistic and cultural regions included in the country. The historical background and various shared values of federalism also contribute to the identity of the nation. It is famous for multiple names such as Suisse, Svizzera, and Svizra. Latin is the formal language in stamps and coins.

It is one of the most developed countries with higher nominal wealth per adult. According to IMF, Switzerland has the eighth highest per capita GDP. The features of the country also include government transparency, civil liberties, quality of life, human development and economic competitiveness. Taking consideration of all the metrics, Switzerland is provided with a happiness index of 7.487 by UN in March 2018.

4 Iceland, Happiness Index: 7.495


Iceland is the most peaceful and fair country, in the North Atlantic with a population of around 348,580. This Nordic island country is a sparsely populated country in Europe. Reykjavík is the capital and the largest city in Iceland. The Reykjavík and nearer regions hold around two-thirds of the population of the entire country.

The country is also famous for its low tax rates and rich services in educational and healthcare systems. Iceland is known as the most established published country, where one in ten residents write books.

Iceland is a geologically active country, containing lava fields and glaciers. The Gulf Stream usually warms the country, and it holds a moderate temperate climate. The Nordic social welfare system enables universal services for education and health care. The political, economic, social stability and equality are also mainstay features of the country.

In the year 2016, Iceland ranked as the ninth most developed country in the world. The Global Peace Index of the country is also higher. It also holds no standing army force except light coast guard charge of the defense. Based on the social support, perception of corruption and Generosity, 2018 world happiness report of UN, the country is ranked with happiness index score 7.495. Thus it becomes the top fourth happiest country in the world.

3 Denmark, Happiness Index: 7.555

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The kingdom of Denmark is a sovereign state and Nordic country with a population of around 5,781,190 as per 2018. During the 19th century itself, the country holds a position of exporter and agricultural production contributor. The social and labor markets reforms also initiated in this mixed economy. Denmark holds a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy system. Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark. It is also a major commercial place and one of the largest city in the country.

Denmark is one among the socially developed and economically sounded countries all over the world. The currency of the country is the krone, using which the country meets several standards. The country is also a member of the European Economic Community and Nordic Council as well. The people experience a high living standard in the country. The reasons for this include education, health care, prosperity, and human development.

The country is known for the world’s highest social mobility and a higher level of income equality. The corruption rate in Denmark is also seemed to be low. The increased per capita rate and highest personal income tax rates are also noticeable about the country. All together the kingdom of Denmark holds a Happiness Index of 7.555 in 2018. This evaluation makes it enlisted in the third position of top 10 happiest countries of the world.

2 Norway, Happiness Index: 7.594


Norway is the second runner-up country in the survey of happiest countries in the world as per 2018. Norway or Norwegian is a unitary sovereign state in Northwestern Europe. The population of the country is estimated to be of 5,258,317.

Norway is sharing its borders with Finland, Russia, Skagerrak Strait, and Denmark. It also holds an expensive coastline, which lies towards the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea. The features that make Norway astonishing are social equality and welfare rank, global prosperity indexes and also beautiful landscapes.

The country has administrative subdivisions, which ensures a proper ruling system and it holds healthy relationships with the European Union and the United States. Norway is a founding member of organizations such as the United Nations, NATO, European Free Trade Association and the Council of Europe. The comprehensive social security systems and enhanced health care system also provides more values to the citizens.

Norway holds a significant role in oil and hydro-power sectors and has plenty of natural gas resources. It is the biggest producer of natural gas in the Middle East regions. The country holds high per capita income and largest sovereign wealth fund. Human Development Index ranking is also higher for the country. The country has the lowest crime rates and most top inequality-adjusted indexing. As per the report of World Happiness Report 2018, Norway holds a happiness index of 7.594. Thus holds the second position in the list.

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1 Finland, Happiness Index: 7.632


Finland is the king of happiest countries in the world. This Nordic country located in Northern Europe. Helsinki is the capital and the largest city in the country. The population of the region is 5.5 million and the southern region holds its significant part.

It is also the eighth largest country in Europe. Till 1950s Finland was focused on agricultural based development. Later it entered to industrialization and suddenly developed as an economic standard. This made an increase in the highest per capita income in the world.

The country is also a top performer in various aspects such as education, civil liberties, quality of life and overall development of humans. Finland ranked as first in the world human capital and the Press Freedom Index. Other recognitions include the second position in the Global Gender Gap Report and also the most stable country. The residents of the country have more forest regions for enjoyment than any other European Country.

The high environmental standards and low threat level make Finland, a better place on earth to live. The country is also called as Finland home since a large number of immigrants are moving towards it. The World Happiness Report published in March 2018 made a special mention of the consistency of happiness among immigrants and residents of Finland. As per UN reports, the happiness index of this top 1 happiest country is 7.632. Thus touches the sky for the unique features!