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5 of the Top Happiest Countries and Why

Updated on October 24, 2014

Think America is the happiest country in the world? I mean, we have Disney World and Land, Hollywood, we developed the phone, light bulb, peanut butter, a bunch of medical discoveries, we have baseball, the real football (not soccer), an awesome military, and we put the first man on the moon.

We should at least be on the top 5 right? Nope. We are on most organization's list as 24. Somewhere between Equator and Guatemala. To be fair, I love my country and joined the Marine Corps at 17, and fought in one of it's wars; we have a lot of other great qualities about us, but I guess happiness just isn't one of them yet.

It should also be noted, that each organization that makes their own list on whom is the happiest country in the world, all have different opinions, and different variables on what makes a particular country happy. However, most agree that the top 5 countries that I have listed are in the top 5 just in different order. Some factors they include things like if they are going through a war, loss of their citizen's personal freedom's (such as you wouldn't expect North Korea to be on the list), how much money they make, and government programs that benefit them when they are sick, old, or pregnant.

Also, in each picture, I show one picture of the country doing it's thing, one of it on the map, and it's country's map. Please do not be mad if the one picture of the residents or the sights do not represent all the majesty of your country. This is just a relatively short hub. Also, I will only include three reasons why this country is so gosh darn happy. Do not mess with me, I am an angry American, I am just kidding.

Denmark

Denmark

So why is this country so happy?

  1. There have actually been international studies that show that the Danish have genetics that make them more happier than the lot of us. Want happy kids? Marry a Danish person.
  2. In Danish culture, they have a more positive outlook on life, and all this happy optimism, well, makes them happy.
  3. They have incredibly high Seretonin, or the feel-good chemical in their brain, which gives them a never ending feeling of euphoria. Lucky ducks.

Norway

So why is this country so happy?

  1. Their murder and crime rate is one of the lowest on the planet.
  2. They have a great economy, and their cost of living is very affordable.
  3. It is considered the birthplace of skiing, which is almost a national past-tome. .com

Switzerland

That is a pretty freaking cool flag.
That is a pretty freaking cool flag.

Switzerland

So why is this country so happy?

  1. They don't get involved in wars too much, they remain neutral.
  2. They have a federalized health care system that works very well for them, and they are one of the healthiest people, with one of the most longest longevity of life.
  3. Almost all of them are very well-educated. Over 86% of their population has a bachelor's degree.

Neatherlands

Netherlands

So why is this country so happy?

  1. Whether good or bad, Dutch children are amongst the happiest in the world. It is reported that their parents go out of their way to please them, and that their teacher don't require too much from them. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/6360517.stm
  2. The Dutch is reported not to put too much on their metaphoric table. They leave plenty of time for family and friends.
  3. They have goals like everyone else, but they are laid back, and they laugh at those who have New Year's resolution, because they are just setting themselves up for failure, which is true.


Sweden

Sweden

Why is this country so happy?

  1. While this may sound like a lame reason, the Swedes actually smile three times more than any other country in their world. These smiling sessions are obviously working!
  2. Many countries are very family oriented, but obviously the Swedes take that a step farther. The fathers get extra paid time off from work, and the mother's get prolonged paid maternity leave.
  3. They utilize a lot of time-sharing, and their work schedule is normally very open, so they wont miss their kid's dance recital, and if they just want to come in late to work, they can.

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      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      It's nice to know there are countries in the world where happiness endures. It's rare to find anything to read these days that have a positive nature. I'm not surprised to see the Netherlands on your list because I have a friend who is Dutch and she is one of the happiest people I know.

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Charlie, that's a great point, I never thought about it like that.

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I agree Vkwok, I love traveling, so much fun!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Makes me want to check those countries out.

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      charliecrews38 3 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      interesting hub, i think America is too large and diverse to get a high happiness rating, while the smaller European countries have less people and probably a greater amount of skis and snowboards per capita, it's difficult to be miserable while skiing i think

      I think these findings are from the world happiness report 2013, so the happiness ratings have no doubt changed by now

      @lawrence01 you're kiwi friends will be happy to know that they are beating us aussies in the happiness stakes, according to this article, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-23/australia-th...

      the latin american countries are doing well at the moment, paraguay is apparently happiest at the moment, I never would have guessed

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      Lawrence, that's neat. I have never heard of Carlsberg before, is that a town?

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      I didn't know that, thanks for the comment, Alan!

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      That's real interesting, thank you for your comment, Ms. Eastman!

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      Alli Rose Smith 3 years ago from Washington, DC

      That's really interesting, Lawrence, I didn't know that. Thanks for the comment!

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      Alan R Lancaster 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      ... And the All Blacks & Wallabies live for splatting the Three Lions in the World Cup Rugby.

      That's a sort of bliss I suppose... Still, we're all Scandinavians under the skin after all (at least in the east and north of Britain and Ireland).

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      Lawrence Hebb 3 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Denmark, Sweden and Norway all realized that during winter their suicide rates used to skyrocket. They realized that ultra violet light from the sun directly affects serotonin levels in the brain so they passed laws that said all employers have to have UV lights in their workplaces. Pretty smart thinking really

      As for the Kiwis and Aussies (from a Brit living in Kiwiland) the Kiwis don't really care where they come in things like this, as long as they beat the Aussies!!

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      Sandra Joy Eastman 3 years ago from Robbinsdale MN

      The Swedish Norwegian heritage makes up a great portion of the US population. I think over there they don't get so caught up in international wars etc. But my family is from Norway. They have govt healthcare also but the sometimes wait years for needed medical treatments. I firmly believe the good old USA is still the best even with all it's problem. Happiness is what you choose to make of it.

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      Alan R Lancaster 3 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      The countries where booze is cheapest get overrun by young Brits in the summer time, ending up in A&E at local hospitals with booze and burns related illnesses. They're definitely not happy.

      I think maybe the Aussies and New Zealanders come way above us in the happiness stakes, laid back as they seem.

      The Danes have a word for it, 'huegge' (maybe it's something to do with a low birthrate, they're not overcrowded like us in the UK).

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      Lawrence Hebb 3 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      I've spent time in most of those countries and it's so true!!!!! Loved the hub. By the way the Danes Swedish and Norwegians all make fun of each other but the Danes have Carlsberg and that's what they day makes the difference!

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      Lori Colbo 3 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      I don't doubt these are among the happiest what with their beautiful environment and lack of military involvement. I don't necessarily agree that Denmark people, or any other people, live in a state of euphoria, but happy in general probably. It sounds like they live with less stress because they have different values and worldview.

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      Andrew Smith 3 years ago from Richmond, VA

      I've found that many of my northern European friends are, indeed, happy, in spite of the gloomy weather!

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      Jacqueline Williamson BBA MPA MS 3 years ago from Memphis

      It seems that each of those countries have breath-taking landscapes and are at a much higher altitude. I would be willing to bet that the pollution there is at a minimum which would also help. Mountains and serene water backdrops can give a person a very tranquil feeling! Looks wonderful!

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