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Why are Scandinavian countries the happiest countries?


Right from 2013 onwards, as per the world happiness report, the five Scandinavian or the Nordic countries as they’re called ranks in the top 10 list of world's happiest countries. Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, and Iceland, these Scandinavian countries have done so well in executing their policies that it’s evident why they rank at the top, not only for overall citizen’s happiness but also for their top-notch safety & security, human development index, equality in income and many other aspects as well. Now there are multiple reasons, but we will highlight some of the most important for you. They have a socially cohesive and progressive society. Because of limited population and homogeneity, the Scandinavian people have a high sense of social trust among each other and to add further, they also enjoy a high sense of freedom and autonomy among themselves. And moreover, talking about their bureaucracy, their government offers qualitative and extensive social benefits which in turn results in less corruption and a well-functioning democracy.

According to the latest report by BBC and research by John Hopkins University, the ten happiest countries are:


  1. Finland

  2. Denmark

  3. Switzerland

  4. Iceland

  5. Netherlands

  6. Norway

  7. Sweden

  8. Luxembourg

  9. New Zealand

  10. Austria

You would also like the below graph for the most number of appearances by any country in the happiness chart



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