The 2018 World Happiness Report (otherwise known as “All Hail Scandinavia, You Poor Non-Scandinavian Souls”) once again saw many of the top spots for happiest places to live in the world go to Northern Europe.
Per its findings, taking an extended trip to Scandinavia would be the most efficient route to happiness. A whopping five of the 10 happiest countries are in Scandinavia: Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Iceland.
Who joins Scandinavia on the list? Switzerland, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada round out the top ten happiest places to live. This teaches us that happy places aren’t necessarily the warmest. So while tropical locations get lots of tourist love, colder climates may have more long-lasting positive impacts on the residents.
The report focuses on six key metrics: income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust, and generosity. All these factors significantly contribute to wellbeing.
While tropical locations get lots of tourist love, colder climates may have more long-lasting positive impacts on the residents..
This year the report also considered immigrants’ happiness as well as natives. So it’s a handy resource for future expats and anyone considering a permanent move.
At the risk of being contrary, let’s focus on places outside Scandinavia (as really you should just go to the region and enjoy its abundance) and some lesser-known facts about each one of these happiest places to live.
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Rated as the world’s happiest countries and, therefore – of course – the happiest places to live, these five countries need to be on your bucketlist if you’re looking to move.
Home to Alpine wonderlands and a staple of winter tourism, Switzerland is not just the home of the Matterhorn, glaciers, Lake Geneva, and breathtaking hiking trails. It also boasts Zurich’s contemporary flair and impressive museums.
(Pro Tip: if you love a morning espresso you may want to bring your own as Zurich has some of the most expensive coffee in the world.)
Happy places aren’t necessarily the warmest.
Switzerland also has a very low crime rate, four official languages (French, German, Italian, and Romansh), and some of the highest salaries around.
In the last decade it’s also pushed gender equality progress…