The World’s Happiest Countries

The World’s Happiest Countries

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Here are the 10 most prosperous countries in the world in accordance with the report on the world happiness index (World Happiness) for 2015, which is designed to develop the web in the area of sustainable development (SDSN) under the auspices of the UN. The report reviewed the situation in 158 countries.

10. Australia

Australia
Australia

Homeland world’s largest coral reef system – the Great Barrier Reef, unspoilt beaches and the country consistently warm temperatures, Australia is one of the most popular destinations in the world. In 2013, nearly 350 000 people have expressed a desire to get a job in the Australian system of tourist service.

Melbourne has also been previously named the “best city in the world to live”, according to a global study conducted by the organization Economist Intelligence, which reflects factors such as the level of crime, the threat of conflict, quality of care, the level of censorship, annual temperatures, schools and public transport.


9. New Zealand

New Zealand
New Zealand

New Zealand became a novice in the top 10 this year, even beating his neighbor from the world of “antipodes” (Australia) in happiness ratings. Douglas Adams, author of «The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy», explains the attractiveness of the landscape of the country in his book «To see and die» ( «Last Chance to See»): «Standing on a cliff and overlooking the beauty, it is almost impossible to resist the spontaneous applause.” Marine volcanoes, scenic railway routes (line laid through the Taieri Gorge, can easily compete with the beauty of the Alpine railways), sperm whales, wonderful wines and caves, illuminated by fireflies-worms – this is not a complete list of wonders of New Zealand.


8. Sweden

Sweden
Sweden

The third largest country in Western Europe is also home to many of the happiest people in the world. Swedes assess the degree of satisfaction with their lives by 7.4 – this is one of the highest rates in the OECD study. Andrew Stone, a Scandinavian expert Telegraph Travel Agency, says that in Sweden there is everything what it rich northern neighbors: urban charm of Copenhagen and the Norwegian mountains and forests, lakes, beautiful Baltic ports and islands. Not to mention the Stockholm – most, perhaps, a charming city in the whole of Scandinavia.


7. Netherlands

Netherlands
Netherlands

Netherlands dropped down to 7th place from fourth, which they held in 2013, but to this day is very popular due to the liberal policies and delicious beer.


6. Finland

Finland
Finland

The eighth-largest country in Europe and is among the countries with the highest quality of life for the well-being index Legatum Institute and is considered one of the most peaceful countries in the assessment of the organization Global Peace Index.


5. Canada

Canada
Canada

Canada ranks fifth in life expectancy and average income per capita. Ninety-four per cent of Canadians feel that they have someone to whom they can rely, if necessary, while 88 percent assessed their health as “good” or “excellent” (OECD data).


4. Norway

Norway
Norway

Norway headed the prosperity index of Legatum Institute for two years: in 2014 and 2013. Last year, 95 percent of respondents stated that they have, someone to rely on in case of need. With GDP per capita $ 66,000 (£ 44,000) per year, 92 percent of respondents said they are satisfied with their standard of living (global average: 52 percent).


3. Denmark

Denmark
Denmark

Danes apparently became sadly – or the other nationalities cheered. Denmark has slipped to third place from the first, but the overall level of well-being of the country is still high. In a study published last year Eurobarometer organization of the European Commission, with which the Member States seek to measure the “welfare” and “happiness” of its citizens, 88 percent of respondents assessed the financial situation of their families as “good” (the EU average is 65%), and 81 percent were satisfied with the personal situation with employment – compare with the average for the EU 56%. Copenhagen, capital of Denmark, is now considered the gourmet capital of Europe thanks to restaurants like Noma, which was previously named “best restaurant in the world”.


2. Iceland

Iceland
Iceland

Due to the relatively low income tax-free health care and higher education for its citizens, the island nation has also been rated as the most peaceful in the world to assess the organization Global Peace Index. Known pacifists – such as Kofi Annan, the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu have agreed with this assessment.


1. Switzerland

Switzerland
Switzerland

Switzerland has moved from third place to first, thus becoming the “happiest” country in the world. To do this, there is every reason. The average life expectancy there is 82.8. The Swiss speak different languages, and the majority of citizens speak German, French and English. The country is rich in unique landscapes, dense forests, mountains, lakes and beautiful rail routes. What more could you want? In addition, according to the rating of the World Economic Forum, Switzerland is “the most competitive country in the world” – and remains so for the sixth year in a row. The country was praised for “the effectiveness of government and public institutions; safety and health conditions of the state of the financial system; attractive tax policy; world-class infrastructure and excellent educational system”. So that’s that!

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