Top destinations for a happy expat life

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If you are seeking a happier life abroad, why not turn to Northern Europe? Find out more here.

Denmark has been named the best destination for a happy life by the fourth World Happiness Report published on the occasion of the World Happiness Day observed on March 20.

This is the fourth study by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network aiming to determine which is the best country for happy life based on several criteria, namely, life expectancy in good health, social support, freedom of choice, GDP per capita, trust in political institutions and the freedom of choice, among others, in 157 countries.

Denmark thus ranks 1st  while Switzerland drops down to the 2nd  place followed by Iceland, Norway, Finland, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden. Indeed, the ranking seems to be dominated by northern European countries.

Note that Denmark is especially praised for its free health care and education systems despite high tax rates. Moreover, unemployment rate is rather low in the country. As a member of the European Union, it is also characterized by its homogenous population coupled with its small size. Denmark is also very popular with university students who are entitled to a generous monthly grant for 7 years.

Nevertheless, Switzerland remains one of the top destinations for a happy life thanks to the absence of corruption and political scandals, as well as for its richness and social support provided to its inhabitants. The report also reveals that the degree of happiness has increased for 55 countries, including Thailand which now ranks 33rd, China which ranks 83rd and Russia which rose up to the 56th place.

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Being an expat has its ups and downs – hopefully mostly ups! Great share.

seems like Scandinavia has got the quality of life & happiness stuff figured out.

Norway was my dream. I even took up learning Bokmål

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