How do you decide how happy a country is?
With lots of research and data. It all started at the U.N. in 2012 when Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon began a commission for the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
This initiative lists goals that work toward solutions to major world problems like hunger and poverty, violence and the environment while promoting well-being for the world’s citizens.
As part of the Sustainable Development Solutions initiative, a “World Happiness Report” is published every year that collects and compares data from 157 countries around the world based on the following six factors of happiness: GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancies, freedom to make life choices, reported generosity of the public and perceptions of corruption.
Needless to say, all of the happiest countries in the world have three major points in common: a high life expectancy, a high GDP and low levels of corruption. But at the end of the day, when the data has spoken, what makes these countries so happy on the ground level?
That’s exactly what we’re going to break down for you in this gallery of the world’s happiest countries! Hint: The “happiest place on Earth,” pictured below, is not included on this list.
If you’re looking to move to somewhere a little happier than your current town, then look no further!