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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Netherlands: The Netherlands ranks fifth with its resilient economy, affordable higher education, strong community bonds, and high civic engagement.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.