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The 20 happiest countries in the world

Words by Abi Scaife

Happiness around the world persists, despite the COVID-19 pandemic – that's the main finding of the latest global report on happiness levels.

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The World Happiness Report has found higher levels of benevolence than before the Covid-19 pandemic in countries around the world.

100,000 people across 137 countries were asked to evaluate their lives on a scale of one to 10 and, on average, gave scores just as high as they did pre-pandemic.

According to the 10th World Happiness Report, “the undoubted pains were offset by increases in the extent to which respondents had been able to discover and share the capacity to care for each other in difficult times”.

So which countries were the happiest?

The country which scored the happiest overall was Finland. Following that, came Denmark, Iceland, Israel, Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Luxembourg and, coming in 10th, New Zealand.

The US ranked number 15 on the list, while the UK was still up there at number 19. Here's the full list.

World’s 20 Happiest Countries in 2023

  1. Finland
  2. Denmark
  3. Iceland
  4. Israel
  5. Netherlands
  6. Sweden
  7. Norway
  8. Switzerland
  9. Luxembourg
  10. New Zealand
  11. Austria
  12. Australia
  13. Canada
  14. Ireland
  15. United States
  16. Germany
  17. Belgium
  18. Czech Republic
  19. United Kingdom
  20. Lithuania

This article aligns with the UN SDG Good Health and Wellbeing.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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