Is the grass greener elsewhere?
According to the United Nations World Happiness Report, fullness is found in the Nordic countries.
The study, conducted based on their average rating of life over the previous three years, in this case from 2020 to 2022, produced a list of 146 countries ranked by their Happiness Index.
Among the criteria evaluated among the participants: life expectancy, the evaluation of freedoms and the perception of generosity and national solidarity.
Lithuania is the only country to enter the Top 20 of the ranking this season, having gained more than 30 places since 2017. At the expense of France, which now occupies 21st place in the ranking.
So, to be happy, travel!
10th - New Zealand
There is no further from France than this immaculate territory, discovered by the Maoris after the first millennium and invested by Europeans only in the 17th century.
Renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and its lunar character, New Zealand opens the ball for this top 10. As a visitor, its subtropical climate, its welcoming population and its soothing environment will satisfy your desires for calm and serenity.
If you decide to take up residence there, know that the country has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.
> Discover our New Zealand travel guide
9th - Luxemburg
Luxembourgers have one of the highest life expectancies in the world.
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With an area of 2586 km2, Luxembourg is one of the smallest European countries.
It is nonetheless a country where life is good: despite a high cost of living, the average salary is the highest among OECD countries.
The life expectancy of the Luxembourg population is among the highest in the world.
> Also discover our travel guide to Luxembourg
8th - Switzerland
The quality of life is very high in Switzerland.
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Peaceful, wealthy, measured... But is Switzerland boring?
Thanks to rough-cut mountain landscapes, bucolic lakes, posh ski resorts and ultra-connected towns, the country of the Helvetians offers 26 cantons with so many good reasons to go there.
Renowned in the collective imagination for its calm and serene population, the country stands out above all for its very high quality of life indices (purchasing power, security, climate index, etc.).
> Also discover our travel guide to Switzerland
7th - Norway
Beyond its landscapes, Norway is characterized by its very high human development index.
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Spectacular fjords with exotic names, the beauty of the Lofoten Islands, incomparable rural valleys, tumultuous canyons and limpid waterfalls, eternal snow... The first Nordic country to appear in this top 10, Norway is, like New Zealand, a paradise for lovers of nature and breathtaking landscapes.
The country and its population occupy first place in the 2022 ranking of countries with the highest human development index.
> Discover our travel guide to Norway
6th - Sweden
With more flexible working conditions than average and developed living conditions, Sweden has a particularly happy population.
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We stay in Scandinavia and now stop in Sweden, where the local population is described as “
the happiest in the world
One of the reasons: the very flexible working conditions make Swedish employees productive and happy workers.
Like Norway, Sweden is very well placed in terms of human development, education and respect for the environment.
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5th - Netherlands
In the Netherlands, the youth is one of the happiest in the world.
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No, the Netherlands does not sum up to Amsterdam and its red-light district.
Among the unsuspected treasures of the country: the long protected beaches of Zeeland (1h15 from Lille), the Groningen region or the pretty towns of Delft, Maastricht or Utrecht, where Nynke de Vries is from.
But that is not why the country finds itself in the top 5 of the 'happiest' countries: the poverty rate is very low, few inequalities and above all, its youth feels particularly happy.
Dutch children and adolescents have confidence in their education system in their environment, and for the most part say they are very satisfied with their quality of life.
An unavoidable factor of happiness, when we know that “the future belongs to the youth”.
> Also discover our travel guide to the Netherlands
4th - Israel
Israel joins the top 10 of the happiest countries in the world.
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National Trail long-distance hiking path, opening of the kibbutzim to "reconnect with nature and rediscover the pleasure of a forgotten conviviality"... The Hebrew State dreams of a green destination after its 9th place in 2022, and an entry into the top 5 in 2023. The most representative local example: the city of Tel Aviv, the country's tourist center, renowned for its festive and tolerant atmosphere.
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3rd - Iceland
Iceland has one of the lowest population densities in the world.
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Lost between the Atlantic Ocean and the Greenland Sea, Iceland is, like New Zealand, a land apart.
Varied reliefs, large glacial expanses, aurora borealis: its territory is also lunar.
Iceland's population density being low (3.63 inhabitants per km2 in 2020), makes the country one of the most peaceful in the world.
> Also discover our travel guide to Iceland
2nd - Denmark
On the second step of the podium, Denmark stands out for the confidence the population places in the country.
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The discovery of this Scandinavian country, linked to Sweden by the Øresund bridge, often begins in Copenhagen.
Second in this 2022 ranking, the Danish people stand out for their confidence index: confidence in those around them, in administrative institutions such as their government and justice... Plenitude reigns in the country.
Danish happiness is a real creed.
He even has the right to his own term: “
”, for “
It characterizes the local lifestyle, renowned for its comfort.
On the travel side, the country of the Vikings stands out in particular for its aesthetic and colorful architecture, its roads conducive to cycling.
> Denmark: the Figaro
> Denmark: the Figaro
1st - Finland
For the sixth year in a row, Finland is at the top of the ranking!
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At the top of this ranking for the sixth consecutive year: Finland.
How is this possible, the country being famous for its cold climate and its little talkative population?
Far from clichés, it is in reality a country characterized by sharing, benevolence and simplicity.
The Finns are also renowned for their respect for nature and ecology: low energy consumption, local food, recycling... Finally, from a strictly economic and social point of view, Finland has a very high human development index. high, a prosperous economy and a prosperous social model.
All that remains is to pack up and settle in!
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