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Happiest Countries in the World

How happy is your country? A new report used interviews with more than 146,000 people around the world to rank 145 countries by the well being of their residents. The survey took into account five factors: having a sense of purpose, physical health, financial security, strong social relationships, and satisfaction with one’s community. Officials said in the report that the categories are interdependent and well-being is more than the sum of the elements. So here is the list of top  most cheery countries, according to this year’s World Happiness Report.

1.Panama

Panamanians scored highest in four of the five categories. It is down to the fact the country has a thriving economy and has maintained its traditional values. Family bonds are very strong here, and on Sundays everyone still gets together as per their cultural attaché Laura Montenegro .

2.Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a classic example of a country that’s happier than its GDP might suggest. Latin America generally scores well on happiness surveys. The public opinion poll found that Latin American countries, led by Paraguay, dominated the top 10 spots on its Positive Experience Index.

3.Switzerland

Number 1 in governance, 2nd in health and economy. Sticking with the Franc rather than going Euro has helped make Switzerland a bastion of stability in shaky Europe right now. The country that ranks high on several metrics of national performance, including life expectancy, has now added another feather to its cap. According to the World Happiness Report, the European nation ranks as the world’s fourth happiest nation – a distinction previously held by Denmark.

4.Chile

Chile has made tremendous progress over the last decade in terms of improving the quality of life of its citizens due to which now they  are on top of the world’s happiest countries and never falling back into the list of least happiest countries ever again.

5.Denmark

Looking at all that Danes have to be happy about, you won’t notice the slight dip while you’re enjoying jazz at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in July, hanging out with the hipsters at Queen Louise’s Bridge, taking a canal tour or playing beach volleyball in front of the Royal Danish Playhouse.

6.Norway

The sun never sets in some parts of Norway during the summer months, and the North Cape area is one of the best spots to play when the sun stays out for 24 hours. Visitors love to golf, hike and even run a marathon during the months ruled by the midnight sun.

7.Austria

Another Alpine hotbed of happiness, Austria also boasts beautiful scenery and a surprisingly rich cultural scene. Like many of the world’s happiest countries, it boasts a strong health-care system, as evidenced by the long average life expectancy of its citizens.  He credits the country’s happy mood to its relaxed atmosphere, efficient public transport system, and general cleanliness.

8.Mexico

Lack of security and poverty are among the larger issues that negatively affect the lives of many Mexicans, but it sure doesn’t stop them from being a happy bunch. The evidence is in the World Happiness Report, in which Mexico ranks right up there as one of the world’s happiest places.

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