The world is just full of happy people, from one stretch of the earth to the other. The 10 most cheery countries, according to this year's World Happiness Report , which looks at earnings, living standards, employment, mental health and family stability.


The report surveyed 158 countries - and Britain was off the pace in 21st position. Here the list of 10 happiest countries in the world.

10 Netherlands, Life Satisfaction Score : 7.4

The Dutch are one of most satisfied people in the world. The 75% of Dutch who aged between 15 and 64 have a job. The average household income in the Netherlands is US$25493. It is actually the amount of money left after all types of taxes. It is an important indicator of standard of living of a country. The Dutch also finds education as an important part of life and the literacy rate in the Netherlands is 99%.

The Dutch people also maintain a great work-life balance to keep the happiness within the family. Only a few percentage people work for long hours in the Netherlands. Both working men and women in the Netherlands find enough time to complete their domestic work and for childcare.

You can see a strong social network between Dutch people. They don’t hesitate to help other people. This strong support between Dutch people also limits the population of isolated people in the society. The average life expectancy of Dutch people is 81 years. The country has one of the best healthcare systems in Europe.


9 Sweden, Life Satisfaction Score : 7.4
Sweden is one of the least corrupt countries in the world. The transparent government is one of the key factors for the well-being of citizens. Sweden also has high voters turnout of 85%. It indicates the majority of Swedes trust their government. In case of employment, the 74% of Swedes who aged between 15-64 have a paid job. Sweden also has a high disposable income of US$23047. It represents the better life standard of Swedes.

The number of people who worked for long hours is very less in Sweden. It ensures a better work-life balance and Swedish parents get enough time for childcare. They have a literacy rate of 99%. The compulsory system to a secondary language other than Swedish promises better language skills to the students.

Stockholm, The capital of Sweden is the first green capital in Europe. The city renowned for its large number of public green areas. The Swedes also have access to high purity water all throughout the country. The average life expectancy of Swedes is 82 years. The government spends 9% of nation’s GDP ( US$558.9 Billion) on health care very year to provide good health care services to the people.

8 Finland, Life Satisfaction Score : 7.4
The smarter education system, cheaper health care, strong social network and better working conditions make Finland as one of the happiest countries in the world. Unlike other developed countries, the school hours are much shorter in Finland. But they provide a smart educational system, excellent student-teacher ratios and well-being service for all children. The 83% of Finns have qualified with university level degrees.

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