The Happiest Countries in the World 2024

March 26, 2024

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The World Happiness Report is a publication of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Using Gallup World Poll data, it assesses more than 140 of the world’s countries to determine which are the happiest. It asks a nationally representative sample of people about their life satisfaction based on six factors: GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, and corruption. The score is then averaged across a three year period (in this case 2021-2023).

In this article, we reveal the results of the 2024 report and discuss why certain countries are ranked happier than others.

RankCountryHappiness Score
1Finland7.74
2Denmark7.58
3Iceland7.53
4Sweden7.34
5Israel7.34
6Netherlands7.32
7Norway7.3
8Luxembourg7.12
9Switzerland7.06
10Australia7.06
11New Zealand7.03
12Costa Rica6.96
13Kuwait6.95
14Austria6.91
15Canada6.9
16Belgium6.89
17Ireland6.84
18Czechia6.82
19Lithuania6.82
20United Kingdom6.75
21Slovenia6.74
22United Arab Emirates6.73
23United States6.73
24Germany6.72
25Mexico6.68
26Uruguay6.61
27France6.61
28Saudi Arabia6.59
30Singapore6.52
31Taiwan6.5
32Romania6.49
33El Salvador6.47
34Estonia6.45
35Poland6.44
36Spain6.42
37Serbia6.41
38Chile6.36
39Panama6.36
40Malta6.35
41Italy6.32
42Guatemala6.29
43Nicaragua6.28
44Brazil6.27
45Slovakia6.26
46Latvia6.23
47Uzbekistan6.2
48Argentina6.19
49Kazakhstan6.19
50Cyprus6.07
51Japan6.06
52South Korea6.06
53Philippines6.05
54Vietnam6.04
55Portugal6.03
56Hungary6.02
57Paraguay5.98
58Thailand5.98
59Malaysia5.98
60China5.97
61Honduras5.97
62Bahrain5.96
63Croatia5.94
64Greece5.93
65Bosnia and Herzegovina5.88
66Libya5.87
67Jamaica5.84
68Peru5.84
69Dominican Republic5.82
70Mauritius5.82
71Moldova5.82
72Russia5.79
73Bolivia5.78
74Ecuador5.73
75Montenegro5.71
77Mongolia5.7
78Colombia5.7
79Venezuela5.61
80Indonesia5.57
81Bulgaria5.46
82Armenia5.46
83South Africa5.42
84North Macedonia5.37
85Algeria5.36
86Hong Kong5.32
87Albania5.3
88Tajikistan5.28
89Republic of the Congo5.22
90Mozambique5.22
91Georgia5.19
92Iraq5.17
93Nepal5.16
94Laos5.14
95Gabon5.11
96Ivory Coast5.08
97Guinea5.02
98Turkey4.98
99Senegal4.97
100Iran4.92
101Azerbaijan4.89
102Nigeria4.88
103Palestine4.88
104Cameroon4.87
105Ukraine4.87
106Namibia4.83
107Morocco4.8
108Pakistan4.66
109Niger4.56
110Burkina Faso4.55
111Mauritania4.51
112Gambia4.49
113Chad4.47
114Kenya4.47
115Tunisia4.42
116Benin4.38
117Uganda4.37
118Myanmar4.35
119Cambodia4.34
120Ghana4.29
121Liberia4.27
122Mali4.23
123Madagascar4.23
124Togo4.21
125Jordan4.19
126India4.05
127Egypt3.98
128Sri Lanka3.9
129Bangladesh3.89
130Ethiopia3.86
131Tanzania3.78
132Comoros3.57
133Yemen3.56
134Zambia3.5
135Eswatini3.5
136Malawi3.42
137Botswana3.38
138Zimbabwe3.34
139DR Congo3.3
140Sierra Leone3.25
141Lesotho3.19
142Lebanon2.71
143Afghanistan1.72

The 10 Happiest Countries in the World 2024

1. Finland

Helsinki Cathedral
Helsinki Cathedral

Finland is by far the happiest country in the world, with a World Happiness Report score of 7.741. This score may be slightly lower than last year’s score of 7.821, but the Nordic country remains in the top spot — a position it has held for the sixth year running.

Regarding generosity towards others, Finland scored low for charitable donations, but it clawed back points in the next category, with Finnish citizens saying they would be highly likely to expect a lost wallet to be returned to them by a neighbor or a stranger or handed into the police.

In June 2023, Finland’s tourism department paid for ten people to travel to the Lakeland region, where expert coaches taught them how to be happy by mastering the Finnish state of mind.

2. Denmark

The Infinite Bridge, Aarhus
Den Uendelige Bro (The Infinite Bridge), Aarhus

Denmark — another Nordic country — takes the second spot on this list.

Denmark’s Income Tax is the highest in Europe and among the highest in the world, but the payoff is free healthcare for most, zero tuition fees for university students, subsidized childcare, and pensions and at-home carers for the elderly.

3. Iceland

Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Seljalandsfoss waterfall

Dubbed “The Land of Fire and Ice”, Iceland has some of the most breathtaking natural landscapes on Earth, but its residents’ happiness isn’t just down to beautiful scenery. Iceland also has a stable economy, equality between its citizens, a lack of corruption, free education, and a strong sense of community. It is also the safest country in the world, according to the Global Peace Index.

4. Sweden

Stadion subway station
Rainbow painted on the cave walls in Stadion subway station

As is true of all the Scandinavian and Nordic countries, Sweden’s citizens benefit from a good work-life balance, excellent healthcare and education, gender equality, and low levels of pollution (which leads to increased life expectancy).

5. Israel

Aerial view of Jaffa, Israel
Aerial view of Jaffa, Israel

Fifth on the list of the world’s happiest countries is Israel, with a score of 7.341 out of ten. It may be surprising to see Israel on this list given the diplomatic issues on-going in the country, but it’s important to note that rankings are based on a three year average.

A contributing factor to Israel’s score is also the strong social connections of its citizens.

6. Netherlands

Amsterdam canal
Boats moored on a canal in Amsterdam

Much like its Scandinavian neighbors, the Netherlands boasts a high standard of living thanks to an excellent healthcare system, low crime rates, affordable higher education, and a strong sense of community. These are all contributing factors to the happiness of the nation’s citizens.

7. Norway

Bergen harbour
Bergen harbour

The Nordic and Scandinavian country of Norway is known for its high standard of living, providing its citizens with universal healthcare, well-paid jobs, and free college tuition. The country also boasts low crime and corruption levels, as well as a strong sense of community.

8. Luxembourg

Musicians in Luxembourg
Street musicians performing in Luxembourg

It may be one of the smallest and least populous countries in Europe, but Luxembourg is one of the wealthiest countries in the world according to GDP per capita. As well as benefitting from a healthy economy, the country’s citizens owe their happiness to an efficient health and social security system, a high level of diversity, and low crime rates.

9. Switzerland

Mountain village of Wengen, Switzerland
Wengen, a mountain village in central Switzerland

Switzerland may have dropped one position since last year, but Swiss people are still some of the happiest in the world, thanks to a high GDP per capita, a low level of crime, and a strong sense of community.

10. Australia

Bondi Beach, New South Wales
Bondi Beach, New South Wales

Rounding off the top 10 of the happiest countries in the world, and overtaking New Zealand – which occupied this position last year – is Australia, with a score of 7.057.

Although Australia’s score is actually slightly lower compared to last year, the country has a high GDP per capita, and its citizens expressed high levels of satisfaction regarding education and health

Data Sources:
World Happiness Report

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