Need Holiday Inspiration? Top 10 World’s Happiest Countries [Slideshow]
Are you searching for holiday inspiration? 2017′s World Happiness Report might just hold the key to your next travel adventure.
The top 10 countries rank high in statistical factors, including caring, freedom, generosity, health, income and good governance.
But, as you’ll see from our slideshow, they all have something else in common – spectacular scenery. From national parks with thundering waterfalls, soaring mountain peaks and lush valleys, to iconic landmarks and pristine cities, it’s little wonder the locals have a lot to smile about!
Keep your eyes open for our incredible travel deals to the world’s happiest countries to get you there, and check out amazing highlights of the top 10, with our slideshow.
One of the leading destinations to see the extraordinary aurora borealis, Norway’s scenery never fails to leave visitors awe-struck. From majestic Fjords to a population obsessed with all things ‘outdoors’, the world’s happiest country is worthy of shooting straight to the top of your travel bucket-list.
Copenhagen is a top holiday hotspot, with famous attractions including the Little Mermaid Statue, Amalienborg Palace and Tivoli Gardens. It’s the most bike-friendly country in the world and often leads the way, in terms of sustainability, design and architecture.
“The land of fire and ice” is made of glaciers and volcanoes, creating some of the most spectacular landscapes on earth. Most of the population live in the capital, Reykjavik, which is a bustling hive of culture and the gateway to other-worldly natural wonders.
Anyone would be happy, with the abundance of chocolate on offer that the Swiss are world- famous for. Plus, outdoor adventures help you work it off, with skiing, hiking and mountain climbing among prevalent activities. Visit the Jungfraujoch, Lake Geneva, the Matterhorn and the Rhine Falls.
Finland is the ‘land’ of the sauna, which may explain why the population are so happy! Ski resorts, trendy capital Helsinki and the Northern Lights in Lapland are top attractions.
The Netherlands is most famous for its vibrant capital, Amsterdam. However, the world’s 6th happiest country has much more to offer, including iconic, flat landscapes of windmills and tulips – perfect for cycling and hiking.
If you’re looking for nature at its best, you won’t have to search far, in Canada. Niagara Falls, The Rocky Mountains, Lake Ontario, wildlife galore and multicultural city delights make for one happy destination.
New Zealand is home to one of the adventure capitals of the world, Queenstown and Milford Sound, which you may know from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ movies. Here, cultural traditions are evident among natural wonders and cosmopolitan cities.
Australian’s live by the beach, in the midst of forests or surrounded by spectacular outback scenery. Famous for being friendly and laid-back, the locals of the land ‘Down Under’ enjoy iconic landmarks, including Ayres Rock, the Great Barrier Reef and over 10,000 pristine beaches.
What makes the locals happy in Sweden? Coffee breaks! It’s all about slowing down for enjoyment, in the midst of busy day. That, combined with forests, mountains, history and a capital city built beautifully across 14 islands.