These are the top 10 happiest countries in the world

these are the top 10 happiest countries in the world, according to the world happiness report
This is the happiest country in the world (again)Ryhor Bruyeu (Grigory Bruev) - Getty Images

Finland has been named the happiest country in the world for the seventh consecutive year, the annual World Happiness Report 2024 has found.

The report analysed six key factors to help explain variation in self-reported levels of happiness globally: social support, income, health, freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption.

Holding the top title since 2018, Finland credits nature, lifestyle, food and sustainability as the key to living a happy life. With countless blue lakes, windswept arctic fells and vast green forests (around 70 per cent of the land is covered with trees), it's no wonder Finns find joy in the many benefits nature has to offer.

Denmark, Iceland and Sweden all followed close behind in the study, with Israel rounding up the top five. Rankings are based on a three-year average of each population's average assessment of their quality of life, with authors adding this often mutes the effects of events that have taken place.

'It is a great privilege and responsibility for our Centre at Oxford to become the next custodian of the World Happiness Report and we're committed to continuing to give the world the best evidence on the state of global happiness in collaboration with our partners,' says Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, an editor of the report.

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Denmark also made the listAlexandr Spatari - Getty Images

Elsewhere, the report also focused on the happiness of people at different stages of life. Under 30s in Lithuania rated their happiness an average of 7.6 out of 10 (the highest in the report), while happiness among the young in North America has fallen sharply.

Jan adds: 'Once again the World Happiness Report uncovers some special empirical insights at the cutting edge of the wellbeing research frontier. Piecing together the available data on the wellbeing of children and adolescents around the world, we documented disconcerting drops, especially in North America and Western Europe.'

On the other hand, the United States and Germany have fallen to 23 and 24 respectively in the rankings. The rest of the top 10 countries have remained much the same for the past few years.

Take a look at the full list below...

Top 10 happiest countries in the world

  1. Finland

  2. Denmark

  3. Iceland

  4. Sweden

  5. Israel

  6. Netherlands

  7. Norway

  8. Luxembourg

  9. Switzerland

  10. Australia

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