Planet Earth is home to over 190 countries in total, possessing a total population of over 7 billion people. While the human race is obviously highly diverse in its cultures, economies, and social norms, what would happen if we ranked each one of these countries based on their ability to make their citizens “happy”? While obviously a subjective attempt, the United Nations has put forth its ranking of the worlds “Happiest Countries” as part of its Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Ever wondered what countries the happiest in the world are? It looks like you’ve came to the right place
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Despite rampant currency inflation in recent years and an unusually low GDP per capita, which comes in at $18,000 per citizen, this South American country comes in at number 20 on our list. Home to the world’s largest oil reserves, Venezuela’s government uses the massive revenues from the sale of petroleum products to provide economic support for its citizens.
This small land-locked country in Western Europe, which comes in at just under 1,000 square miles in size, is home to the 19th happiest people in the world. Nestled between Belgium, Germany, and France, Luxembourg has the second highest GDP per capita in the world. It also boasts large social programs, and is one of the few tri-lingual nations in the world.
Is it any wonder that the “Emerald Isle” is home to the 18th happiest people on Earth? This primarily CatholicNation of 6.3 million features breathtaking countrysides, a unique culture, and of course everyone’s favorite beer: Guinness. Ireland is an advanced economy that is centered around software and the financial industries.
United States of America
The land of the free and the home of the…happy? Citizens of the United States of America come in at #17 on our list of happiest countries. Much larger than many other countries around the world, the U.S.A’s 320+ million citizens enjoy an advanced economy with a GDP per capita of $53,000.
While it doesn’t possess many of the social programs or advanced economic status as other countries on this list, Mexico’s citizens are nevertheless immensely happy and content with their lives. This unique country, one that has a rich history dating back thousands years, is home to one of the largest and most populous cities in the world (Mexico City), and the largest Spanish speaking population in the world at 121 million.
This Central American country of 3.6 million citizens comes in at number 15 on our list of happiest countries. Panama is ranked 5th among Latin American countries in terms of the Human Development Index with a GDP per capita of over $21,000. Panama’s scenic and tropical climate no doubt contributes to the happiness of its citizens.
United Arab Emirates
This Middle Eastern country, an amalgamation of 7 separate Emirates, is comprised of 9.2 million citizens and comes in at number 14 on our list. Established in 1971, the U.A.E. boasts one of the highest GDPs per capita in the world thanks to its large oil reserves and focus on tourism. The U.A.E. has made huge investments in order to diversify itself from being solely an oil exporter – which includes being home to the tallest building in the world: the Burj Khalifa.
Is it any wonder that this South Pacific island is one of the happiest places on Earth? Found 900 miles east of Australia in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you might think New Zealands citizens would feel a little isolated – but far from it. A part of the United Kingdom, having been settled by British colonists in the 1800’s, New Zealand boasts a beautiful climate, sea breezes, scenic beaches, and a GDP per capita of over $47,000. Is it any wonder New Zealanders are so happy?
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