What makes a country happy? The United Nations (UN) considers the answer through World Happiness Report 2018, with a total of 156 countries. According to the report, the key to a happy country is long life with a healthy lifestyle, a lot of social support, trust in government, higher per capita income, and generosity.
This year’s list lists the top 10 countries that are the same as in 2017. However, some countries manage to climb higher, and some are downgraded. Finland, for example, won first place earlier this year, winning the title previously owned by Norway. Finland also has the happiest arrivals, based on new records this year.
While the experience of travelers is not specifically considered, the report sets the standard for places that are fun to visit. After all, is not that smile contagious?
These are the happiest countries in the world and some of what makes them unique.
From the crowded coast of Bondi to the quiet hideout along the Great Ocean Road, Australia has 10,685 beaches.
In Sweden, coffee break is a sacred thing. Swedish men carve out time every day to slow down and enjoy fika, leisure time with a drink that can be done alone or with company colleagues.
8. New Zealand
there is no part of this archipelago country that is more than 79 miles (128km) from the sea. New Zealand is also home to unique penguin species, including yellow-eyed penguins, rare Crested Fiordland Penguins, and small blue penguins that are the smallest penguins in the world.
Canadian forests represent 30 percent of the world’s boreal forests and 10 percent of the world’s total forests. Not surprisingly, Canadian air quality is among the best in the world.
Amsterdam has 1,281 bridges, three times that of Venice.
According to the International Cocoa Organization, Swiss people eat about 25 kilograms (11 kg) of chocolate a year.
This country is known as “Land of Fire and Ice” because of the glaciers and volcanoes that make up the landscape. Vatnajökull Iceland-the largest glacier in Europe-is a piece of ice the size of Puerto Rico.
The city of Copenhagen is built for cyclists. A third of Copenhagen people travel daily at a speed of 217 miles (350 km) off the tracks and streets stretching across the city.
Norway is the prime destination for travelers to watch the aurora borealis. In ancient times, people believed that auroras were sent from the gods.
Finnish people have the characteristic of a long bath time. It is estimated there are two million saunas in the country with a population of 5.3 million. Finland also has the happiest arrivals, according to the latest record this year.