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These are the happiest countries in the world in 2020

Lara Billington
Content Marketing Executive

Need something to smile about? 

It's International Day of Happiness and although it might feel like there isn't much to smile about these days, there's no better time to spread some joy. 

The World Happiness Report for 2020 has been released, ranking 156 countries across the world by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. Six variables that contribute to well-being are considered in the ranking: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.  

For the third year running Finland came out on top, with fellow Scandinavian countries, Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden also making the top 10. The report suggests that although the Nordic countries do display certain institutional and cultural indicators that contribute to well-being, including generous social welfare benefits, low crimes rates and trust in the government, there is no "secret sauce specific to Nordic happiness that's unavailable to others."

You might be surprised to hear that the UK's happiness is on the rise too - up from 19th in 2018 to 13th this year - which puts us ahead of Ireland, Germany and the USA. 

You can find the 10 happiest countries below and the full World Happiness Report for 2020 right here.

 

1. Finland

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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2. Denmark

 

 

 

3. Switzerland

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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4. Iceland

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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5. Norway

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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6. Netherlands

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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7. Sweden

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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8. New Zealand

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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9. Austria

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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10. Luxembourg

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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