Happiest Countries In The World 2021

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Since 2002, the World Happiness Report has detailed the world's happiest countries based on several factors. As of 2020, the World Happiness Report determined that Finland is the happiest country in the world.

The report looks at countries with respect to their performance of six particular variables:

  • Gross domestic product per capita
  • Social support
  • Healthy life expectancy
  • Freedom to make your own life choices
  • Generosity of the general population
  • Perceptions of internal and external corruption levels

By relating all of the countries around the world individually to a made-up country called Dystopia, the researchers were able to configure a baseline to compare all other countries. This enabled the study to base the conclusions on rather than not providing any rock bottom.

The country with the highest score was Finland, which is a European country. Fascinating enough, every single country in the top five spots for happiest countries in the world are European countries. Finland is followed in order by Denmark, Norway, Iceland, and the Netherlands. All six variables are considered when defining a score for each country.

The lowest-scoring country in the World Happiness Report of 2020 is Afghanistan. With a total ranking of 2.567, Afghanistan has a low life expectancy rate, paired with low gross domestic product rates per capita.

South Sudan follows Afghanistan with 2.817. South Sudan has a comparable life expectancy and GDP per capita to that of Afghanistan. However, the percentage of generosity within the country is relatively decent. However, where the country fails to excel significantly is personal freedom.

Here is some background information about the top five countries on the list of the world's happiest countries, based on the 2020 edition of the World Happiness Report.

Finland

Finland ranks as the world's happiest country based on the 2020 report. Finland scored 7.809 out of a total possible score of 10. The GDP per capita of Finland is just under 2.5, and the overall feeling that there is communal support among citizens of Finland is around 2.5 as well.

People feeling reassured by their fellow citizens speaks volumes, especially because it can be challenging to be happy if you do not feel you are supported or don't have a support system backing you and your decisions. The freedom to make choices in Finland appears to be alive and well. If you glance at the scores within this variable among the happier countries, it is evident that this sense of freedom is rather pertinent where happiness is involved.

There is a meager percentage of people who believe that there is a wealth of generosity in Finland, which paints the picture that maybe generosity is not as important for overall happiness among people and cultures. There is a ladder bar of about 0.3 that depicts Finnish people's perception of corruption. Still, because the other variables are so high-ranking, the positive feelings they elicit diminishes the negativity that corruption may bring to mind.

Denmark

The second happiest country on the list is Denmark, which scores 7.646. The values for each of the six variables related to Denmark are relatively similar to those of Finland. The primary difference between the two countries relates to the generosity and perceptual corruption.

Denmark has a slightly higher calculation of generosity, and the same goes for the perceived amount of corruption within the country. If you look closely enough, you will see a relatively higher level of corruption perceived by those in Denmark than those in Finland, which is significant enough to drop Denmark into second place.

Switzerland

As the third happiest country in the world, Switzerland scored a total of 7.554 out of 10. This is a significant increase from last year's rankings, enough to surpass the Netherlands and Iceland and knock Norway out of the number three spot. In general, the Swiss are very healthy, with one of the world's lowest obesity rates. The Swiss also have a very high median salary, about 75% higher than that of the United States. Additionally, there is a strong sense of community in Switzerland and a firm belief that it is a safe and clean country— which is true. Along with Iceland and Denmark, Switzerland is one of the world's safest countries.

Iceland

Iceland ranks as the fourth happiest country in the entire world, with a total rank of 7.494 out of ten. Of the top five happiest countries around the globe, Iceland has the lowest amount of perceived corruption. The country's overall social incorporation of support systems is somewhat greater than the other five countries. However, it is not quite significant enough to make much of a difference or kick another country out of a higher-ranking placeholder and insert Iceland in its place.

The Netherlands

Norway is the fifth happiest country in the world, with a score of 7.488. Norway has a higher bar representing the level of generosity in the country than that of Finland and Denmark. Norway is known as a welfare state, where citizens feel like they are being taken care of by their government thanks to universal healthcare and free college tuition. Norwegians also enjoy a healthy work-life balance, working na average of 38 hours per week vs. 41.5. hours per week in the United States. Additionally, Norway has a low crime rate and a good sense of community among its citizens.

Happiest Countries In The World 2021

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Happiest Countries In The World 2021

Country Happiness Rank Happiness Score Population 2021
Finland17.8095,548,360
Denmark27.6465,813,298
Switzerland37.568,715,494
Iceland47.504343,353
Norway57.4885,465,630
Netherlands67.44917,173,099
Sweden77.35310,160,169
New Zealand87.34,860,643
Austria97.2949,043,070
Luxembourg107.238634,814
Canada117.23238,067,903
Australia127.22325,788,215
United Kingdom137.16568,207,116
Israel147.1298,789,774
Costa Rica157.1215,139,052
Ireland167.1294,982,907
Germany177.07683,900,473
United States186.94332,915,073
Czech Republic196.91110,724,555
Belgium206.86411,632,326
United Arab Emirates216.7919,991,089
Malta226.773442,784
France236.66465,426,179
Mexico246.465130,262,216
Taiwan256.45523,855,010
Uruguay266.443,485,151
Saudi Arabia276.40635,340,683
Spain286.40146,745,216
Guatemala296.39918,249,860
Italy306.38760,367,477
Singapore316.3775,896,686
Brazil326.376213,993,437
Slovenia336.3632,078,724
El Salvador346.3486,518,499
Panama366.3054,381,579
Slovakia376.2815,460,721
Uzbekistan386.25833,935,763
Chile396.22819,212,361
Bahrain406.2271,748,296
Lithuania416.2152,689,862
Trinidad And Tobago426.1921,403,375
Poland436.18637,797,005
Colombia446.16351,265,844
Cyprus456.1591,215,584
Nicaragua466.1376,702,385
Romania476.12419,127,774
Kuwait486.1024,328,550
Mauritius496.1011,273,433
Kazakhstan506.05818,994,962
Estonia516.0221,325,185
Philippines526.006111,046,913
Hungary5369,634,164
Thailand545.99969,950,850
Argentina555.97545,605,826
Honduras565.95310,062,991
Latvia575.951,866,942
Ecuador585.92517,888,475
Portugal595.91110,167,925
Jamaica605.892,973,463
South Korea615.87251,305,186
Japan625.871126,050,804
Peru635.79733,359,418
Serbia645.7788,697,550
Bolivia655.74711,832,940
Pakistan665.693225,199,937
Paraguay675.6927,219,638
Dominican Republic685.68910,953,703
Bosnia And Herzegovina695.6743,263,466
Moldova705.6084,024,019
Tajikistan715.5569,749,627
Montenegro725.546628,053
Russia735.546145,912,025
Kyrgyzstan745.5426,628,356
Belarus755.549,442,862
Greece775.51510,370,744
Hong Kong785.517,552,810
Croatia795.5054,081,651
Libya805.4896,958,532
Mongolia815.4563,329,289
Malaysia825.38432,776,194
Vietnam835.35398,168,833
Indonesia845.286276,361,783
Ivory Coast855.23327,053,629
Benin865.21612,451,040
Maldives875.198543,617
Republic Of The Congo885.1945,657,013
Azerbaijan895.16510,223,342
Macedonia905.162,082,658
Ghana915.14831,732,129
Nepal925.13729,674,920
Turkey935.13285,042,738
China945.1241,444,216,107
Turkmenistan955.1196,117,924
Bulgaria965.1026,896,663
Morocco975.09537,344,795
Cameroon985.08527,224,265
Venezuela995.05328,704,954
Algeria1005.00544,616,624
Senegal1014.98117,196,301
Guinea1024.94913,497,244
Niger1034.9125,130,817
Laos1044.8897,379,358
Albania1054.8832,872,933
Cambodia1064.84816,946,438
Bangladesh1074.833166,303,498
Gabon1084.8292,278,825
South Africa1094.81460,041,994
Iraq1104.78541,179,350
Lebanon1114.7726,769,146
Burkina Faso1124.76921,497,096
Gambia1134.7512,486,945
Mali1144.72920,855,735
Nigeria1154.724211,400,708
Armenia1164.6772,968,127
Georgia1174.6733,979,765
Iran1184.67285,028,759
Jordan1194.63310,269,021
Mozambique1204.62432,163,047
Kenya1214.58354,985,698
Namibia1224.5712,587,344
Ukraine1234.56143,466,819
Liberia1244.5585,180,203
Palestine1254.5535,222,748
Uganda1264.43247,123,531
Chad1274.42316,914,985
Tunisia1284.39211,935,766
Mauritania1294.3754,775,119
Sri Lanka1304.32721,497,310
Dr Congo1314.31192,377,993
Swaziland1324.3081,172,362
Myanmar1334.30854,806,012
Comoros1344.289888,451
Togo1354.1878,478,250
Ethiopia1364.186117,876,227
Madagascar1374.16628,427,328
Egypt1384.151104,258,327
Sierra Leone1393.9268,141,343
Burundi1403.77512,255,433
Zambia1413.75918,920,651
Haiti1423.72111,541,685
Lesotho1433.6532,159,079
India1443.5731,393,409,038
Malawi1453.53819,647,684
Yemen1463.52730,490,640
Botswana1473.4792,397,241
Tanzania1483.47661,498,437
Central African Republic1493.4764,919,981
Rwanda1503.31213,276,513
Zimbabwe1513.29915,092,171
South Sudan1522.81711,381,378
Afghanistan1532.56739,835,428

Happiest Countries In The World 2021