Is there any scale weight that can be used to measure happiness? What is happiness? What is the definition of happiness, where is happiness, where is its address, is there any secret recipe for happiness? These questions have been revolving in the human mind since the beginning of life. Among many factors, your location or the country you are living in is a top factor in defining happiness. A happy country is where you have the assurance of life, do the work you enjoy, treat with respect, have an adequate income, close social relationships, and a sense of purpose.
The United Nations every year releases a report on the happiest countries in the world and ranks them according to different factors. So, what factors does the UN consider making a list?
Global Happiness Mapping by the United Nations
Basically, happiness is measured by asking a different question to the people from 149 countries in the world. As a measure of happiness, the country's social benefits, social generosity, personal freedom, gross domestic product (GDP), life expectancy, and the level of corruption come forward.
After that, the UN compiled the report based on information from the Analytical Research Gallup; however, this year, the highest priority has been given to the people's overall situation in the corona virus epidemic. The epidemic has also affected people's happiness in the world. According to the United Nations Happiness indicator report, out of the 149 countries, one-third of them showed negative emotions.
The Happiest Countries on Earth in 2021
Now, let's see the 10 happiest nations in the world as per the 2021 report.
This is the fourth time Finland has been crowned as the happiest country in the world. Apparently, it looks like the country has the secret recipe for staying happy. But the fact is that a high income with a top education system always keeps this country ahead of the rest countries around the world. But this year, the government played an important role during the Covid-19 pandemic. This year, Finland was ranked high on the calculation of mutual trust, which eventually helped to protect lives as well as livelihoods during a pandemic.
Despite being a small country and life risk due to volcanic eruption, Iceland ranked second on the list. It has a 350,000 population that knows how to stay together and stay strong during tough times. For example, the country stayed strong during the 2007 financial crisis. Although the country faces ups and downs of natural conditions with long winters, Icelanders are friendly and hard-working people, which reflect in the happiness rating.
It seems the world's most bike-friendly country has found happiness in recent years. With the highest quality of lifestyles and the high life expectancy, the Danish way of life has been a secret desire for many countries. As a bike-friendly country, the citizens take care of the environment, which leads to general happiness. Besides, well-paying jobs, excellent social security, and a good work-life balance are what make them happy.
Swiss people are one of the most politically astute Europeans and engaged actively on any issues that appeared in the country. Further, the Swiss governmental system is different among the European countries. Most of the country's decision-making is based on a vote, even on workers' vacations, which directly correlates to happiness. Besides, living with those fairytale landscapes would make anyone happy.
5. The Netherlands
The Netherlands scores high on social structure, GDP per capita, and generosity. Besides, it has a low corruption rate. This indicates a high trust level as well as kindness. Nevertheless, both of these elements are important for the well-being feeling. They were sixth last year but moved up this year. Dutch happiness starts from a young age as teenagers show high satisfaction levels.