Top 10 happiest countries in the world (2017 update)

history & culture

What’s happiness? Most people are happy when they’re in love, don’t have financial issues, feel safe and are able to fulfill their wishes regarding work or study. The problem is that personal happiness is subjective. Some people earn millions of dollars and still commit suicide. Others have the perfect job, but aren’t able to find the love of their life. And it’s even more complicated when you try to understand the concept of happiness on a cultural level. What is it that makes a society a happy one?

The Happy Planet Index (HPI) of the New Economics Foundation tries to approach the question of the happiness of nations by investigating three indicators: life expectancy, ecological footprint and life satisfaction. So what are the happiest countries in the world according to the Happy Planet Index? Here’s the top 10 happiest countries!

Top 10 happiest countries in the world

  1. Sweden (7.284)
  2. Australia (7.284)
  3. New Zealand (7.314)
  4. Canada (7.316)
  5. Netherlands (7.377)
  6. Finland (7.469)
  7. Switzerland (7.494)
  8. Iceland (7.504)
  9. Denmark (7.522)
  10. Norway (7.537)