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
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 Catholic Nation 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.
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.