Whether expats relocate overseas for work, to be closer to family or simply to experience a new lifestyle, people are more likely to stay in their new home if they are happy. Although happiness in a location can be based on a number of preferences, the World Happiness Index aims to discover the “happiest” countries in the world based on statistics ranging from healthcare to personal liberties.


Where are the 10 “happiest” countries to live based on the World Happiness Index 2022?

  1. Finland
  2. Denmark
  3. Iceland
  4. Switzerland
  5. Netherlands
  6. Luxembourg
  7. Sweden
  8. Norway
  9. Israel
  10. New Zealand

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Happy expats living in Finland© Getty Images Happy expats living in FinlandThe report, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, is published each spring by the UN’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network, based on data from the Gallup World Poll.

Locals from each country rank their experience of life there, with the team of experts also examining this against each nation’s GDP, life expectancy, generosity, social support, freedom and corruption levels.

According to Lara Aknin, an associate psychology professor who was part of the team of experts behind the report: “Data considered in the World Happiness Report offers a snapshot of how people around the world evaluate their own happiness and some of the latest insights from the science of well-being.

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“This information is incredibly powerful for understanding the human condition and how to help people, communities, and countries work toward happier lives.”

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