12 Mar, 2009

Top 10 Happiest places in the world

 

Top 10 Happiest places in the world | Top ten lists

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Denmark

 
Population: 5.5 million
Life Expectancy: 77.8 years
GDP Per Capita: $34,600
 
The weather is a bit tough, though. And Denmark’s physical beauty forms a great backdrop to daily life. The low population gives the nation a strong sense of identity.  With a high level of education; public schools are top-quality and private ones are affordable.

Happiest Places in the world | Denmark

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Switzerland

 
Population: 7.5 million
Life Expectancy: 80.5 years
GDP Per Capita: $32,300
 

It’s pretty peaceful, too: years of political neutrality have sheltered the Swiss from the conflicts of their neighbors. Home to the International Red Cross, the World Health Organization, and parts of the U.N., it’s not surprising that the Swiss devote a large portion of private and public money to health care — spending an average of $3,445 per person. It has a low crime rate, good infrastructure, and a wealth of outdoor activities, from skiing in the Alps to boating on Lake Geneva. It has a low crime rate, good infrastructure, and a wealth of outdoor activities, from skiing in the middle of Europe and surrounded by picture-postcard scenery, Switzerland ranks second among the world’s happiest countries

It has a low crime rate, good infrastructure, and a wealth of outdoor activities, from skiing in the middle of Europe and surrounded by picture-postcard scenery, Switzerland ranks second among the world’s happiest countries.  Smack in the middle of Europe and surrounded by picture-postcard scenery, Switzerland ranks second among the world’s happiest countries.

happiest places in the world | Switzerland

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Austria

 
Population: 8.2 million
Life Expectancy: 79 years
GDP Per Capita: $32,700
 

Austria does have some poverty, though: nearly 6%. He credits the country’s happy mood to its relaxed atmosphere, efficient public transport system, and general cleanliness. Like many of the Austrian National Tourist Office

 

Another Alpine hotbed of happiness, Austria also boasts beautiful scenery and a surprisingly rich cultural scene.

Happiest Places in the world | Austria

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Iceland

 
Population: 300,000
Life Expectancy: 80 years
GDP Per Capita: $35,600
 

Literacy is high and unemployment, at 2.1%, is low. The Icelandic government offers a broad range of services, such as generous housing subsidies, and with very little poverty, wealth is evenly distributed among Icelandic society. The tiny country’s extensive welfare system plays a big part in its citizens’ happiness.
 
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here’s more to Iceland than hot springs and Björk.

happiest Places in the world | Iceland

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Bahamas

 
Population: 303,800
Life Expectancy: 65.6 years
GDP Per Capita: $20,200
 

“Maybe it’s our ‘Bahama Mamas,’ our sweet sea breeze, our conch salad, and fun loving people,” suggests Kendenique Campbell-Moss, a senior executive at the Bahamas Tourism Ministry Bahamanians know how to enjoy life. Although the poverty rate, at 9.3%, is relatively high, the beautiful weather and laid-back lifestyle keep Bahamas’ citizens smiling.  Campbell-Moss also reckons the fusion of African and European cultures, strong family values, and Christianity contribute to the happy vibe in the Caribbean country.

Happiest places in the world | Bahamas

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Finland

 
Population: 5.2 million
Life Expectancy: 78.5 years
GDP Per Capita: $30,900
 

Poverty is rare; so too, is extreme wealth. “Our beloved government makes sure that taxes are high enough to prevent easy ways to riches,” says Jaakko Lehtonen, director-general of the best, resulting in a 100% literacy rate. Poverty is rare; so too, is extreme wealth.
But that doesn’t get in the winter and has some of the best, resulting in a 100% literacy rate. The country’s free educational system is one of the highest taxes in Europe. High quality medical care — at little to no cost — contributes to the country’s high average life expectancy.  It’s dark and cold in the way of Finns’ overall happiness.

happiest places in the world | Finland

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Sweden

 
Population: 9 million
Life Expectancy: 80.50 years
GDP Per Capita: $29,800
 
Taxes are high and the winter is trying. But social equality, one of the best welfare systems in Europe, and a great work/life balance keep Swedes smiling. Parents get extensive maternity and paternity leave, and child care is heavily subsidized and available to all. Sweden also has unusually transparent government and a strong emphasis on ensuring the freedom and equality of its people. “Ordinary citizens in Sweden have the right to see the prime minister’s official mail, and they often exercise that right,” notes Susanna Wallgren, of the Swedish Tourism Board.

Happiest Places in the world | Sweden

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Bhutan

 
Population: 2.3 million
Life Expectancy: 55 years
GDP Per Capita: $1,400

 

Pretty counterintuitive, but Bhutan seems to have found a recipe for happiness. Plus, the country has beautiful scenery and a largely unspoiled culture, thanks to strict governmental limits on tourism, development, and immigration. Researchers credit an unusually strong sense of national identity. Why?
  Here’s a surprise: The small Asian nation of Bhutan ranks eighth in the world, despite relatively low life expectancy, a literacy rate of just 47%, and a very low GDP per capita.

happiest places in the world | Bhutan

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Brunei

 
Population: 380,000
Life Expectancy: 75
GDP Per Capita: $23,600
 
That ensures virtually nonexistent poverty. Even university-level education is paid for by the government, which also subsidizes rice and housing. The same family has ruled the Southeast Asian nation for more than six centuries, providing free medical services and education. Wealthy and politically stable, Brunei’s government plays a major role in its citizens’ happiness.

Happiest places on the earth | Bruni

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Canada

 
Population: 33 million
Life Expectancy: 80 years
GDP Per Capita: $34,000
 
It also has strong health care and a low crime rate. Canada also punches above its weight economically, with a huge $1.1 trillion GDP and per-capita that ranks among the world’s highest.  Canada may sometimes feel overshadowed by its giant neighbor to the south, but a strong sense of national identity and abundant natural beauty help make the sprawling and sparsely populated country one of the world’s happiest.

Happiest Places on the earth | Canada

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No. 11: Ireland
 
Population: 4 million
Life Expectancy: 77.7 years
GDP Per Capita: $41,000
 
The excellent education system, open economy, and relaxed pace of life all contribute to the overall happiness of the Irish. Credit membership in the European Union and a can-do attitude has raised standards of living and even lured former immigrants back home.  Once so poor that its citizens fled by the millions, the Celtic Tiger has enjoyed unprecedented economic growth over the past dozen years.

Happiest places in the world | Ireland

No. 12: Luxembourg
 
Population: 474,500
Life Expectancy: 79 years
GDP Per Capita: $55,600
 

Mercer Resource Human Consulting ranked the city-state as the safest in the world in 2005. The people of Luxembourg should find comfort in their surroundings, too. And with great access to education, 100% of the population is literate.

Mercer Resource Human Consulting ranked the city-state as the safest in the world. The people of Luxembourg should find comfort in their surroundings, too. And with great access to education, 100% of the population is literate. It has the highest GDP per capita in the world.
Luxembourg’s position proves that sometimes money can buy happiness.

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