Danes are the second happiest people in the world
21 March 2019
Society and living
Denmark comes second in the World Happiness Report 2019 which ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be.
Denmark holds on to its longstanding position as one of the happiest nations in the world in 2019 edition of the World Happiness Report.
Denmark comes second place out of 156 economies worldwide, which is up one place from last year and only one step away from the top spot which Denmark claimed in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
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“The Danish working culture is characterised by a high degree of flexibility. In Greater Copenhagen, you can have an interesting job, pursue your career ambitions and be an attentive parent at the same time. In fact, not having to worry about spending too little time with your family is one of the main reasons why many expats say that living in Denmark is great”
- Nikolaj Lubanski, Director of Talent Attraction, Copenhagen Capacity
The Nordic countries take the lead
The top 3 countries on the list are Finland, Denmark and Norway, followed by Iceland, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Austria.
“The top countries tend to have high values for most of the key variables that have been found to support well-being: income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity”
- World Happiness Report 2019
Happiness is much more than GDP
The World Happiness Report 2019 uses six key variables to explain the variation of happiness across countries: GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption.
The report does not construct its happiness measure in each country using these six factors – the scores are instead based on individuals’ own assessments of their lives. Between 2016 and 2018, people were asked how happy they perceive themselves to be on a scale from 0 to 10.
The Global Initiative was launched by the United Nations in 2012 and aims to promote equality and trust. The report is published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
Top 10 happiest countries
- The Netherlands
- New Zealand