The World’s Happiest Countries Revealed for 2023

The World's Happiest Countries Revealed for 2023

View of the Old Town pier in Helsinki, Finland. (photo via scanrail/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

Want to get instantly happy? Take a flight to Helsinki.

For the sixth year in a row, according to the World Happiness Report, Finland is the world’s happiest country.

We guess there’s something to be said for the Nordic countries.

“Benevolence to others, especially the helping of strangers, which went up dramatically in 2021, stayed high in 2022,” John Helliwell, one of the authors of the World Happiness Report, said in an interview with CNN.

The happiness even held up during the pandemic.

“Even during these difficult years, positive emotions have remained twice as prevalent as negative ones, and feelings of positive social support twice as strong as those of loneliness,” Helliwell added.

The United States is generally happy but is well down on the list.

1. Finland

2. Denmark

3. Iceland

4. Israel

5. Netherlands

6. Sweden

7. Norway

8. Switzerland

9. Luxembourg

10. New Zealand

11. Austria

12. Australia

13. Canada

14. Ireland

15. United States

16. Germany

17. Belgium

18. Czech Republic

19. United Kingdom

20. Lithuania

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