15 Amazing Photos that Prove Why Norway is the “Happiest Country in the World”

Norway was recently named as the “Happiest country in the world”, according to the World Happiness Report by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. But while this is the first time that Norway got this rank, it has been in the top 10 ever since the program to measure happiness was started back in 2012.

Other countries on top of the list include Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, and Finland. ‘Powerhouse’ countries like the US, China, and Russia rank farther down the list at 14th, 79th, and 56th, respectively. The United Kingdom ranks 19th, Japan ranks 51st, and Canada ranks 6th. The Philippines ranks 72nd.

Surprisingly, Israel ranks 11th. Although we aren’t surprised that war-torn country Syria ranks at the penultimate on the list: at 156th of 157 countries listed.

Now, going back to Norway, there are a lot of reasons why the country was picked as the happiest in the world. After all, the happiness index used in the survey not just measures the citizens’ feeling of happiness but also other factors like social support, healthy life expectancy, gross domestic product (GDP) per capita which also translates to the country’s wealth, and other factors.

But we’ll give you more reasons to believe that this country is the happiest in the world – and one of the best places to visit! Check out these stunning photos of this beautiful country and you’ll surely want to pack up your bags and head off there right away…

Photo credit: Yahoo! Travel Inspirations

Who wouldn’t want to stay in this picturesque place, anyway? This view is of the Lofoten Islands.