If you think the quality of life in your country is not good enough, and you’re planning to emigrate to somewhere else, why not go to a country where you’ll be happy? Here are 10 happiest places to live in the world, at least according to the data from Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Keep in mind that countries are evaluated by the actual people who live there, using a grade from 0 to 10.
Netherlands, life satisfaction score: 7.4 – Considering that Netherlands has one of the best healthcare systems in Europe, as well as the fact that 75% of adults have jobs, it’s simply makes sense that Netherlands makes the cut. It is also important to note that Dutch people maintain a great work-life balance. The average life expectancy of Dutch people is 81 years!
Sweden, life satisfaction score: 7.4 – There are many great things about the country of Sweden – it is one of the least corrupt countries in the world, 74% of adults have a paid job, and they have a literacy rate of 99%, among the highest in the world. The government spends around $560 billion on health care (9% of their GDP), which is pretty impressive.
Finland, life satisfaction score: 7.4 – Thanks to its great education system, cheap health care, and amazing work conditions – Finland easily makes it to the list of the happiest countries in the world.
Australia, life satisfaction score: 7.4 – The land down under is one of the biggest economic powers in the world. The disposable income of Australians is $31,200, which means that their living standard is pretty high. There’s also a very low risk you’ll lose a job in Australia. Pair that with beautiful nature and top notch schools, and it makes sense why Australia is one of the happiest countries n the world.
Iceland, life satisfaction score: 7.5 – You would think that Iceland would rank lower because of the extremely bad weather during most of the year, but it seems that this doesn’t play a big role in a country that’s beautiful, rich and extremely peaceful. The crime rate in Iceland is incredibly low, and people are well educated. It is one of the few countries with the literacy rate of 100%.
Austria, life satisfaction score: 7.5 – Safety is definitely one of the most important factors that increases the happiness of citizens in a country. Austria is easily one of the safest countries to live, and it has a really low crime rate. The country is also extremely clean and the pollution rate is low. The average life expectancy of Austrians is 82 years, among the best in Europe.
Denmark, life satisfaction score: 7.6 – Danish people seem to be really happy with their country. The taxes in Denmark may be higher than in most of Europe, but the government offers free health care and education for its citizens, as well as remarkable benefits for unemployed people. The government really cares about the well-being of its citizens. Danes also love to socialize, even on working days.
Canada, life satisfaction score: 7.6 – Citizens of Canada are much happier with its country than their neighbors down south. And how could they not be with a disposable income of $30,000, low crime rate, great health care, and world-class educational institutions.
Norway, life satisfaction score: 7.7 – Norway is one of the happiest, safest and healthiest countries in the world. At 3.4%, the unemployment rate is extremely low, and personal earnings are among the highest in the world. Norway is also known for its natural beauty.
Switzerland, life satisfaction score: 7.8 – Switzerland may be a small country, but it is home to the happiest people in the world. The country is very strong economically and the unemployment rate is only 2.9%. Wages are high, and taxes are pretty low. Swiss citizens generally don’t work long hours, and they rather spend time with their family members and friends. The average life expectancy of Swiss citizens is 83 years!