The UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network has ranked countries based on their citizens’ happiness levels. Here are the top 10 happiest countries in the world in 2023:

  1. Finland: Finland has been ranked as the happiest country for the sixth time. It has a program called “Masterclass of Happiness” to help people connect with nature and achieve a peaceful state of mind.
  2. Denmark: Denmark maintains its position as the runner-up. Despite high taxes, Danish people benefit from a comprehensive social welfare system, including free education and healthcare.
  3. Iceland: Iceland is not only one of the happiest countries but also the safest. It has a high income, stable economy, lack of corruption, and a strong sense of community.
  4. Israel: Israel has jumped five spots to reach number four due to its fast recovery from COVID-19, strong social connections, and high life expectancy.
  5. Netherlands: The Netherlands ranks fifth with its resilient economy, affordable higher education, strong community bonds, and high civic engagement.
  6. Sweden: Sweden moved up one spot to sixth place. Despite challenges during the pandemic, it has low air and environmental pollution, high employment rates, and gender equality.
  7. Norway: Norway has tuition-free education, a high-income rate, low corruption levels, and a robust social support network. Its natural attractions also contribute to happiness.
  8. Switzerland: Switzerland, despite falling four spots, remains home to some of the happiest people. It has low crime rates, a high GDP per capita, and beautiful mountain scenery.
  9. Luxembourg: Luxembourg fell to number nine but is still one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Safety, high public trust, and diversity contribute to happiness in the nation.
  10. New Zealand: New Zealand occupies the tenth spot and has seen a steady recovery post-COVID. It offers stunning natural landscapes, a high GDP per capita, and excels in well-being factors like education and health.

These countries have various factors contributing to their happiness, including social support, income, health, freedom, generosity, and lack of corruption.

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