Top 5 happiest countries 2019!

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Few surprises this year for the ranking of the world’s happiest countries. For yet another year, the World Happiness Report has ranked Finland the world’s happiest country. Austria has made its way to the top 10, kicking out Australia. Social support, GDP, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity and perceptions of corruption have been factored in by the World Happiness Institute while combining this ranking.

Finland

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For the second time in a row, Finland has been ranked the happiest country in the world. The country has always figured in the Top 5 of the happiest countries in the world. What makes Finland so happy? According to The Economist, it is it’s supportive social system and institution. Indeed, although the tax in Finland is high, the money is used to build a strong social support system where higher education and healthcare are both free. But Finland is generally economically stable, although not the strongest of all countries and it’s residents benefit from general freedom in their life choices.

Denmark

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Moving up one place this year, is the land of the Hygge aka Denmark. Residents of Denmark find their happiness in cosiness. According to Business Insider, a Dane burns a whooping 6kg of candles in a single year. All for the sake of keeping it hygge at home.

But over and above Denmark hygge, the country also has a strong welfare state. Like Finland, the taxes are high but strong social security, healthcare and pension are all provided for in Denmark.

Norway

Norway
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Norway moves down a spot since last year’s ranking. Strong welfare state seems to be the solution to a happy population. Indeed, Norway which has remained in the Top 5 of the world’s happiest countries also provides for free health care, education and has a strong pension system. Of course, the country’s economic security is provided for by the petroleum industry.

Iceland

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Are neighboring pools and hot tubs the reasons why Icelanders are one of the happiest people in the world? Vladimir Hafstein, a researcher from the University of Iceland is certain it has something to do with that!

But it definitely is not the only thing. Like other nordic countries and fellow happiest people countries, Icelanders also enjoy a strong welfare state system.

Netherlands

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The Netherlands owes its high scores to its work-life balance. Indeed, according to the OECD’s Better Life Index, the Dutch families are the most successful in balancing work, family commitments and their personal life. Furthermore, the Dutch have a strong sense of community.