According to the World Happiness Report Update 2016, these are the top five countries that reportedly have the happiest citizens. Scores were based on the categories of economic dynamism, education, health, political environment, and quality of life. Not surprisingly, Scandinavian countries dominated the World Happiness Report of 2016.
Finland is one of the world’s most generous and successful countries. The Finns are known for having a lower infant mortality rate, better school scores, and a far lower poverty rate than most countries. Internationally they were voted as “the best country to be/become a mom,” due to their mandatory maternal leave and their “baby boxes” that they send out to all expecting families. Life expectancy is between 80-82 years.
Norway blesses its citizens and visitors with stunning sceneries throughout the country, including majestic mountains, waterfalls, glaciers, and green hillsides. With only 6 million people inhabiting Norway you don’t have to worry about traffic or being in an overcrowded country. Norwegians have an enlightened approach to life which is one of the reasons Norway has a low crime rate. Therefore, Norway is one of Europe’s safest countries to visit.
Icelanders have long enjoyed one of the highest life expectancies in the world. A clean environment, a healthy diet, and lifestyle are important in their daily lives. Iceland offers a relatively low income tax, free health care, and free higher education to its citizens. It was recognized as the most peaceful nation on Earth by the Global Peace Index.
Life expectancy in Switzerland is about 82-83 years. Citizens are known to be multilingual in English, French, and German. The World Economic Forum states that Switzerland is known as the “most competitive country in the world, due to its effective institutions, sound and healthy public finances; and attractive tax line; excellent infrastructure and connectivity and a world-class education system.”
Denmark has several leading industries including food processing, tourism and the production of iron, steel, and machinery. Government spending on children and the elderly is higher per capita than in any other country in the world. In Denmark, a normal work-week is 37 hours and Danish employees benefit from 5 weeks of holiday a year.
The citizens of Denmark value trust and security. Trusting the government, trusting the workplace and trusting you are safe, has benefited the country immensely by bringing down crime and government corruption.