What’s the definition of a “happy country”? What actually makes people happy? 😊 Are you thinking about living abroad? ✈ Making a major change in your life? Take this most happiest countries in the world list into consideration then.

Every year, the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network publishes a statistics known as the World Happiness Report. The variables are subdivided into 9 categories: economic quality, business environment, governance, education, health, safety and security, personal freedom, social capital and natural environment.

From all 149 countries surveyed, these are the official 25 happiest countries in the world and we also added some really interesting curiosities 🤔💡 we’re 99% sure some of them you don’t know about:

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25. Portugal

Portuguese is the official language of 9 countries 🗣. Over 236 million people worldwide are native Portuguese speakers. Portuguese is the official language of Portugal, Brazil, Cape Verde, Angola, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Principe, Sao Tome and Equatorial Guinea. Portuguese is also spoken in Goa (India), Macao and East Timor. Portugal is also one of the world’s top surf spots 🏄🌊 with a coastline that spans 800 kms (497 miles) and it’s known to have 364 days of surf!

24. Hong Kong

23. Japan

Similar to the buzzword hygge (Danish lifestyle trend), the secret concept of happiness in Japan is ikigai. Combining the Japanese words iki, meaning life and gai, meaning value or worth, ikigai is essentially about finding your purpose in life 🙏. It’s “a reason for being” – the thing that gets you out of bed each morning, according to Héctor García, the co-author of Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life. Ikigai is all about: what you love / what you care about / what the world needs / what you can get paid for.

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22. Malta

21. Slovenia

Slovenia is the World’s Most Sustainable Country 💚, according to the United Nations. This Adriatic enclave, nestled amid emerald fields, snowy peaks and sparkling waters achieved an eye-opening 96 out of 100 detailed sustainability indicators (think environment and climate, culture and authenticity, nature and biodiversity, among others). In 2016, Slovenia was also considered the 10th favorite country in Europe ✌🌈.

20. Spain

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19. France

France is by far the most popular tourist destination in the world 🎉, with some 82 million visitors annually. France also legalised same-sex marriage 👨‍❤️‍💋‍👨 in 2013 becoming the 9th country in Europe and 14th in the world doing it. French gastronomy 🍽 was awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status in 2010. The Louvre Museum in Paris was the most visited museum in the world in 2014 🎟 – with an amazing 9.3 million visitors, receiving almost the same amount of people as the population of Sweden 😲.

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18. U.S.A.

17. Singapore

There’s only three city-states in the world – Monaco, the Vatican City and Singapore! Usain Bolt may be the fastest sprinter in the world 🏃🏿‍♂️💨, but Singaporeans are collectively the fastest pedestrians on the planet. On average, walking a distance of 18 metres in 10.55 seconds – approximately 6.15km in an hour! This city of skyscrapers 🏙 is also filled with lush greenery 🌲🌻. Nearly half of Singapore’s land area (approximately 700 sq kms) is under green cover. The only tropical garden with a UNESCO World Heritage Site tag is the 156-year-old Singapore Botanical Garden 🌺🌹🌸.

16. Belgium

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15. Austria

Austria has given the world many famous classical music composers 🎼, including Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Liszt, J. Strauss, Mahler and Bruckner. Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Hollywood actor and current governor of California, grew up as an Austrian citizen. Austria is constantly ranked as having one of the highest standards of living in the world and Vienna nearly always tops the list of the World’s Most Livable Cities 🤩.

14. Luxembourg

13. Iceland

Babies in Iceland are routinely left outside to nap so they get used to the climate and cold temperatures 👶❄. Did you knew that the majority of Icelanders believe in elves 🧝‍♂️🧝‍♀️ and trolls? There aren’t any McDonald’s Restaurants 🍔🍟 anywhere in Iceland. It’s also one of the most eco-friendly countries in the world 💙💚 – roughly 85% of its energy is from renewable resources ☀💧🌬🌊, and well over half of that is geothermal alone. There’s little crime in Iceland and virtually no violent crime 🚔. The country doesn’t have a standing army and its police officers don’t carry guns 🚫🔫👏.

12. Ireland

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11. Germany

College is free 📚👓, even for international students. Back in 2002, Germany declared the world’s oldest profession 🔞 within the law, clearing the way for everything from department store-sized brothels to drive-thru sex boxes. In German, “thanks” means no. If someone asks you, “Would you like a drink?” and you say, “Danke” that actually means “No, thank you.” But if you say, “Bitte” or “Please,” that means yes. So to recap: “Thanks” means “no thanks”, and “please” means no. Good luck ever trying to hit on anyone 😏👍.


10. United Kingdom

9. Australia

Australia is the 6th largest country in the world in terms of land area. The Great Barrier Reef is regarded as the world’s largest living organism, and is often listed as one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World 🐚🌊. You gonna be shocked 😮: Sydney isn’t the capital of Australia – Canberra is! Aboriginal culture is the oldest culture on Earth. 33% of Australians were born in another country.

8. Canada

7. Denmark

The UN World Happiness Report has rated Danes as the happiest people 😀 on earth 2 years in a row. Health care and education are free since all you need to do is pay your taxes 💰. The best restaurant 🍴 in the world used to be in Copenhagen and it’s called Noma. Lego was actually invented in Denmark. It rains ☔ almost every other day – 170 days a year. Denmark is one of the least corrupt countries in the world 💸.

6. Netherlands

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5. Sweden

Sweden legalized gay sex 👬 in 1944, and in 1972, it was the 1st country in the world to allow for a legal change of gender identity and also to introduce standardized time, which was necessary to make understandable train tables 🚆. Beg for trash 🕳? Thanks to a highly efficient waste management system in Sweden, the vast majority of this household waste is recycled ♻. As a result, Sweden has a shortage of garbage 👍. This has resulted in Sweden asking its Nordic neighbors such as Norway for their trash. As Sweden converts their energy into trash this is a much needed commodity!

4. Switzerland

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Looking for “the most beautiful spot in Switzerland”? Then get your paper and pen ready, because we can tell you where it is: Lake Palpuogna in @graubuenden! That’s not just our opinion, but also what many Swiss people think… and they should know. In fact, it was a Swiss TV audience that voted the lake the most beautiful spot in Switzerland. The Lai da Palpuogna, as it is known in Rhaeto-Romanic, has everything you need for a great day out. Take the famous @rhaetischebahn to Preda, then it’s a short hike through the forest… and suddenly, right there in front of you, is crystal clear water surrounded by larches. It’s a magical experience in autumn, when the leaves on the trees turn a magical golden colour and form a striking contrast with the blue of the lake. Thanks for the great photo, @floflo.weber!

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3. Finland

Finland takes Albert Einstein’s wise words very seriously: “A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new”. The country has declared October 13th the National Day of Failure to celebrate life setbacks as a natural path toward success 🌠.  Finland is THE place to see the Northern Lights. Each year, the Aurora Borealis appear more than 200 times in the skies above the Finnish Lapland. Finland is an incredibly green country 💚, with over 70% of its land being forests 🌲. Helsinki, Finland’s capital, ranks in the top 10 cities with the cleanest air in the world 🌬.

2. New Zealand

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1. Norway

Norway is actually the world’s best place to be a writer ✍. If your finished book meets sufficient standards, the government will buy 1,000 copies and put them in libraries 📚. Better than that, you will even earn royalties on these books and if you’re an actual artist you can get a one-to five-year grant to pursue your dreams 🤓. To encourage Norwegian men to take care of their children, a 10-week paternity leave quota is reserved for them 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦. As such, in Norway, 90% of fathers take at least 12 weeks’ paternity leave, known as pappapermisjon 🍼. Additionally, Norway is one of the safest, most peaceful and richest countries in the world.