How is life in your country? If you’re reading this, you are probably well settled, but can you say you are really happy? Surprisingly, the events of the past year haven’t had much impact on the list of the happiest countries and the changes are small with the 2020 and 2019 rankings.
In the global survey, Finland holds first place and has done so for four years. While many wonder what is so amazing about this Nordic country, experts are not surprised to see Finland in the first place. Mutual trust between citizens and government is one of the main factors, and it is considered the main tool in the fight against coronavirus in this region.
Everything is clear with the first place in the ranking. Finland without a doubt leads it, but what countries are placed in the second, third, fourth, and fifth positions? There are Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. European countries seem to be winning, although there is still competition between them. Norway, previously in second place, has dropped to eighth while Iceland has moved up two positions.
Where does the USA stand? In the last 12 months, America has moved up to 14th place from 18th place, where Great Britain has fallen. The next time someone tells you how happy the British are, you can safely refute those facts.
As we said before, the new ranking is not much different from the one we got in 2020, and sociologists say that’s a good sign. However, the Global Happiness Report was compiled slightly differently this year. Not only did the experts manage to conduct personal surveys in some countries, but they also paid special attention to the connection between people’s well-being and the raging pandemic. Perhaps this made people all over the world pull together and see the other side of happiness.
So, we are ready to summarize, showing the 10 happiest countries according to the UN:
- The Netherlands.
- New Zealand.
Europe wins with a large advantage, although among these countries is New Zealand, which has improved its position in the new ranking. It would be nice to live in each of these countries for a while, wouldn’t it?