Do you want to know which are the happiest countries in the world? Every year, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network publishes a statistics known as the World Happiness Report. First released in April 2012, the report is exactly what it sounds like – ranking of the happiest countries in the world based on how happy their inhabitants feel. The survey is based on several main factors including real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption, and generosity. Though some countries on the list may not be all that surprising, some might just take you by surprise. Furthermore, the rankings are quite surprising with some countries placing lower than you might expect and others placing higher. So, are you ready to find out which are the happiest countries in the world?
If you’re interested in learning about the happiness of countries, you might also be interested in learning about which countries are the most peaceful (two similar but not necessarily equal things).
United Arab Emirates (score: 6.901)
With its enormous oil reserves, UAE is a rich Arab country known for its massive urbanization and opulent structures. Dubai and Abu Dhabi-capitals of two of its emirates of the same name-rank among the world´s most luxurious and expensive cities. Despite being criticized for its human rights record, UAE appears to be a happy country.
Belgium (score: 6.937)
One of the smallest countries on the list, Belgium is home to the EU capital and most of its institutions and bodies, making it an extremely important country. Characterized by a strongly globalized economy and urbanization (97% of Belgians live in cities), Belgium also boasts a great infrastructure, education, health and social system.
Ireland (score: 6.940)
Notable for its breathtaking natural beauties, picturesque landscape and renowned historical sites, Ireland was ranked as the seventh-most developed country in 2011 and 2013. Doing well in several other metrics of national performance, including freedom of the press, economic freedom and civil liberties, Ireland offers great conditions for a happy life.
Luxembourg (score: 6.946)
One of the smallest sovereign countries in the world, Luxembourg is famous for its stable high-income market economy, high standard of living, low inflation and low unemployment. Boasting the world´s highest GDP per capita, Luxembourg is a highly-developed and very safe country, which makes it a great place to live.
Brazil (score: 6.983)
The largest national economy in Latin America and the seventh largest in purchasing power parity in the world, Brazil is a vast country that also has some major social issues such as high crime rate, corruption and significant poverty. In spite of this, its more than 200 million inhabitants feel happy.