10 Happiest Countries in the World 2021

May 23, 2021

Happiness is like a butterfly; we all chase it but rarely enjoy it. Although we can create happiness wherever we live, according to the World Happiness Report there are certain countries where people appreciate happiness and cultivate it daily. In other words, they are truly happy.

Personally, I think it’s hard to name the happiest country in the world. However, leading experts across fields such as psychology, economics, national statistics, public policy, health, etc., prove the contrary. Honestly speaking, my country isn’t on the list of the happiest countries in the world, but I’m happy for people who live in these 10 happiest countries:

1 Switzerland

Known for its amazingly delicious chocolate, enchanting landscapes, multiculturalism, and quality of life, Switzerland is one of the happiest countries in the world. Even though it’s a small and steep country, there are many things to see and to do, apart from skiing and snowboarding.

Rivers, Alpine lakes, mountains, plateaus, fantastic hiking trails, luxury ski resorts, and the serene beauty make Switzerland a truly magical destination to enjoy happiness and peace.

2 Iceland

Have you ever visited Iceland? If so, you probably noticed how friendly, smiling, and happy the locals are. Iceland is becoming more and more popular these days, especially it’s capital Reykjavik. Tourists enjoy bathing in hot natural springs and whale-watching.

Iceland boasts breathtakingly beautiful and untouched wilderness that makes it a truly happy place to live and visit. Of course, there are many other things that make Iceland the second happiest country in the world.

3 Denmark

In the third World Happiness Report, Denmark has slipped from first to third place. I think it changes nothing. Denmark has more to offer than just great beer. The country is known for its spectacular landscapes, friendly people, strong welfare state system, modern economy, and the fairytale stories of Hans Christian Andersen.

Despite being one of the smallest countries in the world, Denmark is an amazing tourist destination that welcomes people from all over the globe.

4 Norway

One of the most peaceful countries 2020 – according to the Global Peace Index – Norway turned out to be one of the happiest countries in 2021 as well. Like all Scandinavian countries, Norway is a friendly country renowned for its Northern Lights, fjords, incredible waterfalls, impressive glaciers, Santa’s home in Lapland, fun reindeer, hundreds of islands luscious parks. Norway is a bit underrated country yet thousands of people visit it annually and gain positive impressions only.

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5 Canada

Needless to say, Canada is one of the happiest countries in the world and it’s no wonder why. It’s a multicultural country where people know how to live a long and happy life. Wherever you go in Canada, there are fantastically friendly people from a multitude of racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds, stunning landscapes, and interesting activities.

Montreal and Toronto are two cosmopolitan cities that are famous for fashion shows, international film festivals, exclusive art collections, hotels, and top-flight restaurants.

6 Finland

I was surprised to see Finland among the happiest countries in the world. Don’t get me wrong, I love this country and I’m happy that Finns are happy. I was astonished because this country is a bit underrated. Hopefully, this list will let many of you know how wonderful, beautiful, and happy Finland is. Despite its cold weather, the country has tons of activities to offer, including watching the Northern Lights. Moreover, there are many breathtaking gothic cathedrals, medieval castles, and museums to explore.

7 The Netherlands

Famous for its canals, clogs, bicycles, museums, cheeses, windmills, and tulips, the Netherlands is the perfect destination for those seeking happiness. There are many wonderful cities and villages where you can enjoy solitude, the sights of interest and fun activities.

Despite being a small country, it’s packed with world-famous icons. Each year, the Netherlands hosts a lot of awesome events and festivals worth visiting.

8 Sweden

With its beautiful nature, parks, museums, galleries, resorts, and restaurants, Sweden is the 8th happiest country in the world. Swedish people simply radiate positivity and happiness. I can’t say they live better than any other nation – it probably depends on people’s mindset.

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The capital of Sweden, Stockholm boasts ancient architecture, fabulous art galleries, fancy festivals, and sporting events.

9 New Zealand

New Zealand’s spectacular landscapes never stop surprise me. The more new places I visit in New Zealand, the stronger desire I have to move to this country. Call me a nature junkie, but I believe nature makes us healthy and happy.

The country’s high standards of living and friendly people make it a happy and inviting destination for tourists from different parts of the world.

10 Australia

Finally, Australia is the 10th happiest country in the world that can teach you how to live a truly happy life. While most tourists enjoy scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, you can explore hundreds of beautiful beaches, 500 national parks with incredible wildlife, and astonishing museums and galleries. It’s just hard to describe this country. You really do have to visit it in person!

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The World Happiness Report examined 158 countries so this list of 10 happiest countries is just a part of a full list. I’m not an expert and can’t tell you what things exactly make these ten counties happy. I aim to let you know that several countries show what happiness is. If you feel unhappy, maybe visiting one of them will help you rethink your life and habits and become a lot happier. Do you live in any of these countries? If no, don’t worry, be proud of the country you live in and do your best to create your own happiness.