When booking a holiday, if you’re anything like me, the first thing that springs to mind is annual leave (and whether you have enough of it). That’s closely followed by what kind of weather you’ll have, and how much it will all cost. One thing you wouldn’t normally consider is whether the country is ‘happy’ or not.
We all know that happiness can be contagious, but can you actually measure whether a country is happy? According to the the World Happiness Report, a landmark survey that ranks 156 countries, you can. The survey studies all values that have been found to support well-being: income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity, and ranks countries accordingly.
This year’s report reveals that Finland is the world’s happiest country, topping the list at number 1 in the happiness stakes. This was followed by Norway and then Denmark, and thankfully Australia scraped in at number 10:
8. New Zealand
So maybe it’s time for a visit to Finland? Besides all the values that support their wellbeing, Finland has a few other reasons to be happy (if these pics are anything to go by).
*Finland images via National Geographic, Nordic Travel and Visit Finland.