Top 10 happiest countries in the world

by Roman on November 29, 2010

Top 10 happiest countries in the world

Here is a list of TOP 10 happiest countries in the world. The basis of this list is research done by professor Ruut Veenhoven who runs the World Database of Happiness at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

How is happiness measured?

Happiness can be very subjective. Some people are happy when it rains, others are happy when the sun is shining. So how is it measured? Apparently the people at World Database of Happiness take into account a number of different things such as average life expectancy and most importantly the answer to the following multiple choice question “How happy are you?” (Although the actual question has varied a bit throughout the years). Having all the variables they run it through a computer and get a number from 1 to 10. The bigger the number, the happier the country

Happiest countries in the world

10. Luxembourg – 7.6 points

Living in the worlds richest country inevitably puts a smile on your face! This small landlocked European country has an army of 800 people (yes, 800). They don’t have a navy nor an air force but together with Belgium they can afford to own 1 military cargo plane. Beat that US! :twisted:

According to the Guinness Book of World Records Luxembourg holds the world record as the country that consumes most alcohol in the world per citizen.

9. Guatemala – 7,6 points

This Central American country borders with Mexico in the north and is located between the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. This location makes it a very difficult country to stay happy in – Guatemala is frequently ravished by hurricanes and earthquakes that often kill thousands of people. Main exports of Guatemala include coffee, sugar and bananas. The latter is probably why they are so happy – have you ever seen someone that can stay sad while eating a banana? :lol: 56% of all Guatemalans live in poverty. If you ask me, they can use the cheap bananas!

8. Canada – 7,6 points

Many people have no idea that Canada’s head of state is actually Queen Elizabeth II – the head of the British Monarchy. This meant that when Britain declared war on Germany in World War I, Canada was automatically at war with the soon to be Nazi country. Unlike the neighboring US, Canada has never cancelled its relations with Cuba and has declined to take part from the Iraq War – instead, it has played a leading role in the United Nations peacekeeping missions and helped to launch a $1.5 billion initiative to help develop vaccines that could save millions of people in poor countries. It seems that happy people make a happy country!

7. Sweden – 7,7 points

This “welfare state” model is an excellent example of effective national taxes.  Among other things the state provides universal tax-funded childcare, parental leave, health care, education (including university), retirement pensions and sick leave. Including value added tax (VAT – kind of like sales tax), it is possible to pay up to 80% of your income as taxes. Contrary to popular belief, Swedes are quite OK with their high taxes – after all it gives them tons of high quality services and they almost never need to take drastic action like taking quick payday
loans
just to make ends meet. In fact, most of the services for the public are free, so what’s not to be happy about?

Sweden is also the home of IKEA – the worlds largest furniture store. IKEA’s founder Ingvar Kampard is famous for being the 7th richest person in the world (Net worth $31 billion) and driving a 15 year old Volvo station wagon. It has been claimed that more people read the Ikea catalogue than the Bible – and that one in ten Europeans have been conceived on an Ikea bed.

6. Australia – 7,7 points

The name “Australia” comes from the Latin word “Australis”, meaning “Southern”. Australia is the only country in the world, that consists of an entire continent. Between 1788 and 1868 the British used Australia as a colony to deport their convicted criminals – these people are the predecessors to many of today’s citizens. Australians are famous for playing rugby and calling each-other “mates”.

5. Finland – 7,7 points

This is the country that brought us Nokia – the worlds largest manufacturer of mobile phones. In 2003 Nokia accounted for about a quarter of Finland’s exports and in 2006 it generated more revenue than the entire budget of Finland.  Before starting to make mobile phones Nokia made (yes, it’s true) rubber boots!  Finland was also home to Simo Häyhä – considered to be the most deadly sniper through history with 542 kills. According to World Economic Forum Finland has the most competitive economy in the world. Plenty to be happy about!

4. Iceland – 7,8 points

This geologically active country is rich in volcanoes and geysers (A geyser is a hot spring that erupts water in certain intervals). Thanks to geothermal power Iceland gets its electricity and hot water dirt cheap. There have been occasions where steel has been shipped for processing from Australia or Africa and when finished shipped back to the originating country. Cheap local energy actually makes this cost effective. According to the Human Development Index, Iceland (together with Norway) is the world’s most developed country.

3. Austria – 8,0 points

Austria is the home to the popular energy drink Red Bull. This country is also one of the few in the world, that allows legal voting beginning from age 16. Upon turning 18, all Austrian males have to take part of a 6 month military service. The country has declared itself formally a neutral country or a  “perpetual neutrality” as they say it, but in reality it has taken part of various peacekeeping missions and also took part of the UN sanctions against Iraq. Thanks to the wide use of wind-, solar- and hydropower Austria produces around 80% of its energy from renewable resources. Education is mostly free, with the exception of an average semester fee of 583 dollars (370 eur) in universities. As you probably guessed – student loan debts are not an issue in Austria.

2. Switzerland – 8,1 points

This cheese and chocolate producing land is the world’s 10th richest country. Switzerland’s neutrality helped their banks to raise some serious cash – for decades it was possible to open a bank account without having to identify yourself. Upon opening an account, you were given a special number that anyone could use to deposit or withdraw money. This law was later changed since it attracted illegal money. Switzerland is also one of the top garbage recyclers in the world (66% to 96% recyclable materials recycled). They achieve this by keeping recycling free, but asking money for regular garbage – thus giving people a financial incentive to recycle.

1. Denmark – 8,2 points

Just like Sweden, Denmark is a Nordic welfare state with most of its services free to the citizens. Expect to pay 72% of your money to the government on the highest income tax bracket. According to Wikipedia Denmark has the worlds highest taxes! When buying a car in Denmark one has to pay 25% VAT to the import price of the vehicle and then a 180% registration tax on top. That means when a car sells for $20 000, you have to pay an additional $45 000 as taxes for the government (total of $65 000). That’s why people in Denmark ride bikes or use one of the best public transport systems in the world. Denmark also has 2 autonomous provinces – the Faroe Islands and Greenland. The latter is over 50 times larger than Denmark but has about 100 times less people.

Other notable countries

  • USA – 7.4 points – 17th place
  • Great Britain – 7.1 points – 22nd place
  • France – 6.5 points – 39th place
  • China – 6.3 points – 44th place
  • India – 6.3 points – 45th place
  • Japan – 6.3 points – 46th place

I’ve been to 4 out of 10 happiest countries in the world – Luxembourg, Sweden, Finland and Denmark! What’s your score?

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Jaker June 18, 2008 at 9:50 am

Where is the greatest country for the “CRAIC” Ireland in the league of the happiest countries in the world? I don’t see them listed on your results table, and as a great & happy Irishman, I don’t think that can be right. Now “CORRECT IT, PLEASE”!!!!

Roman June 18, 2008 at 10:34 am

I had to look up what “CRAIC” means!
Im not gonna change this list because it was not made by me but by the scientist at the world database of happiness!

Jaker, you can make your own list!

Franz Peter December 2, 2008 at 9:47 pm

Why didn`t you include the Philippines?
According to my research, the Philippines is the happiest country in the world!

sandz0ftime December 10, 2008 at 8:53 pm

you are right franz peter, there’s a recent study that tells Philippines is on no. 2 spot as the world’s happy people…

jofe June 30, 2010 at 6:16 am

ho ar u to judge the philippines….
u bitch

almudzrin January 13, 2011 at 10:37 pm

philippines is the most happiest and hospitable country………. that no oother country can compare….happy happy happy in short philippines…………………………………………………

Russian January 14, 2011 at 12:04 am

Philippines isn’t happiest.Almost 90% of their citizen is pooor.

Alvin November 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm

@Russian not all richest countries are the happiest

Crazy November 8, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Are you crazy???? There are certainly Filipinos there. And mostly the ones that goes to schools, shopping, own cars are rich. Mostly the people in that country is poor

E December 18, 2009 at 1:00 am

Being happy is not just based on material but also comes from within.

ma80ann July 2, 2010 at 3:35 am

we r talking about here is happiness and not wealthiness ok?…we r poor yet happy!!

ronnie July 5, 2011 at 2:40 am

The PHILIPPINES is not a poor country,The Philippines is a midle income country,one of the most dynamic economy in the world,The fact that the Philippines was included in NEWLY INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRY in the WORLD,Emerging Markets,Having 3 biggest malls in the world,That is why voted recently as one of the most happiest people on earth,research dude,that’s the FACT.

jo May 14, 2010 at 9:10 am

I know…I think the number one on the spot is Philippines;;;Why?
we take life seriously
but we don’t let life take us…..:)..

my sister told me who worked in a developed country that their motto it is better to live to work than work to live…but us Filipinos……:0…It is better to laugh and work in order to live…

ma80ann July 2, 2010 at 3:31 am

hahaha u say it right dear!

Mark July 2, 2010 at 7:25 am

you guys make it sound like Philippines is a very important country. well, it’s not. and it’s not even a popular country. and yes, they are so poor. how could people be happy when they are poor? so i conclude, they aren’t the happiest country. it’s just a hoax rumor that Philippines is a happy country while in fact it isn’t. so i suggest you guys should keep that country in a humble profile.

jo September 5, 2010 at 3:20 pm

To Mark,

Poor? Is that what your folks (sorry to mention them), friends, or teachers taught you…A person may not have a mobile phone but he or she has a family to talk to…A person may not have a big palace-like house but he or she has a family to go home..A person may not have a big bank account but he or she has always the support of his or her family…A person may have live in a modest way of life but he or she doesn’t end up in a nursing home….Where do u think your are going to end up Mark?

Francesca July 25, 2011 at 5:26 am

Oh my gosh, Mark is so stupid :|

pervez July 27, 2011 at 3:08 am

I agree with Franz and others – Filipinos are an extremely happy people. Had a short and memorable stint there and the people are so nice and friendly.

Youcantseeme August 29, 2011 at 3:51 am

Jo,

Can’t we be just humble enough. Are you not ashamed dragging the name of our country to be on the list..? well for me “well what a shame..!

Respect other’s view and they will respect you in return. I am Filipino and I love Philippines more than any country in the world, but hey it sounds arrogant when you are telling to a person that your country should be on the top list, common it’s personal opinion.

Alvin November 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm

Mark you’re such a moron. How come Japan and South Korea have the highest number of suicide in the Asia yet they are rich and developed? How’s that?

USA....the best March 16, 2012 at 12:49 am

Philippines is the super socially corrupted country in the world…….but good to see still they don’t forget to show their fake simile when they see A white man, I STILL DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY THEY ARE SO SLAVE.

jess. April 8, 2011 at 10:02 am

nice , thats so true.(:

venus'77 June 3, 2011 at 9:14 am

To JO: yes its true.. wealth does not consist in having great possessions, but in having few wants.

sai June 28, 2011 at 2:12 pm

well u all guys sounds like patriots…….

Mrawww July 27, 2011 at 1:46 am

Mark,

Quite the opposite actually! In general ‘poorer’ people are happier, while ‘rich’ people are never contented with life, always wanting the next thing. I live in a rich part of California and I am sick with all the sad depressed rich people. I want to move to the Philippines. I cannot wait to be ‘poor’ but happy!

Raymond July 19, 2011 at 12:10 am

Are you crazy Russian?Your a big joke in this world! Why are you saying that almost 90% of population of the Philippines is poor?the Philippines is not a poor country, for your information 81% of population of the Philippines is rich or middle class families,and only 19% of population is considered below poverty line,The Philippines was included in NEWLY INDUSTRIALIZED COUNTRIES in the world,Among emerging markets,Next powerful 11,Have 3 biggest malls in the world,….in short the Philippines is MIDDLE INCOME country, research before you comment Russian ! dont be illiterate in this world !!!!

Raymond July 19, 2011 at 12:56 am

Hey Russian! Are you crazy? your a big joke in this world! why are you saying that 90%of population of of the Philippines is almost poor? for your information 81% of the population of the Philippines is rich or middle class families,and only 19% of the population is considered below poverty line and still declining,…in short the Philippines is not a poor country,the Philippines is a middle income country,Research before you comment Russian !!!,dont be illiterate in this world !!!-((:

wazzup October 3, 2011 at 6:18 pm

happy??? u r fuckin stupid most filipinos r unemployed and the immigration rate is damn high they even work as maids and drivers in middleeast and hong kong etc.. so maybe its one of the saddest..

alejandro October 14, 2011 at 11:47 pm

@wazzup are you envy to the Philippines? for your information, other nationalities in the world like Thais,Indonesians,Indians,Sri-Lankas and so on were also working in other countries as maids and drivers,so not only filipinos, and regarding to immigrations,The Philippines also haved many many foreign immigrants ,like Koreans,Americans,Africans,French,Dutch,Swedish,Austalians,Chinese,Indians,Japanese to name a few,They will chose the Philippines as their second home and enjoyed our charm and beautiful country and some of them will stay here permanently and became filipino citizens,so dont be envious to the Philippines ! The Philippines is very beautiful country and a unique country in Asia, a culture which is a combination of East and West,what more can you ask for from bargain to trendy and to modern techie,the weather is almost perfect,blessed with natural beauty and charm home of world’s most famous personalities like world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao,World’s Singing sensation CHARICE,world’s best bowler Paeng Nepumuceno,World’s best snooker Efren Bata Reyes,home of most beautiful women in the world, see Miss Universe 2011 3rd runner-up Shamcey Sup Sup of the PHILIPPINES in Miss Univese 2011,where you can find the sweetest mango in the world?,world’s most perfectly cone shape Volcano?,World’s great marine life species?,World’s most beautiful pearl,World’s best diving site,World’s best beaches? …you can find all of this of course only in the Philippines !!!the computer screen is not enought if i will put all the beauty and natural wonders of the Philippines,That’s the beauty of the Philippines..comes shining through….so beautiful charming and magnetic, you cant resist to visit the Philippines, and we are live here happy and have a better life, so i conclude the PHILIPPINES is Happiest country on Earth !!!!!!!

sai June 28, 2011 at 2:23 pm

dude i m indian but i still believe norwya is the most happest country in the world and y do u think it doesnt exist in to 10…

Rai December 13, 2011 at 9:08 pm

It does now according to recent polls. And I personally believe it deserves the number 1 spot it got. P.s. Phillipines is poor, but does not need money to be happy, money is not needed to be happy, money is just an illusion of power, it brings no happiness just temporary pleasure.

Ikenna eze testmony December 16, 2011 at 3:20 am

Please i need money iam from poor family in nigeria

Prncess December 5, 2008 at 8:36 am

Wow. You don’t SOUND “very happy”.

ma80ann July 6, 2010 at 2:46 am

MARK….well xcuse me,but i don’t know what ur talking about..we r poor yes we r,but yet we r contented and still enjoy life with our family and we always wear smile on our face,and we always laugh..read other peoples testimony after visiting our country.well u can find out urself if u want to! and it’s not being boastful dear..we r just proving that we r happy people!

venus'77 June 3, 2011 at 9:07 am

To MARK: hey what you know about happiness and contentment? you know what happiness is not something earned. It is by product of an attitude an attitude toward others. An attitude that reaches out to give, not to receive ; to serve, not to be served; to care, not to be cared for!

Prncess December 5, 2008 at 8:42 am

“Great and happy” people don’t say things like “NOW FIX IT” and are the four “!!!!” really needed Mr great and happy Irishman?

Tesfai January 2, 2009 at 7:50 pm

Eritrea is one of the happiest countries in the world. A tiny country in East Africa, by the red sea. How about that? Maybe it needs to be mentioned somewhere. True people are not rich there but surely are HAPPY

Roman January 2, 2009 at 7:59 pm

I totally agree! True richness comes from within!

brian April 13, 2009 at 11:16 pm

Eritrea is one of the most depressed country in the World. No press freedom, killing, abducting you name it. Totally dictator country. The people are the most suppressed in the World by their government.

Eric July 2, 2008 at 2:17 am

“This meant that when Britain declared war on Germany in World War I, Canada was automatically at war with the Nazi country.”

This is true, except the Nazis didn’t rule Germany in WWI, that was the second world war, and in the second world war Canada did not automatically go to war when the UK declared it, because we had been granted the right to self determaination by then (due to our contribution during WWI). We instead waited just over a week after Britain declared war, to show that we supported the fight against the Nazis, but that we were doing it on our own free will.

Anyways, thought I’d just add that. Nice list!

Roman July 2, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Thanks for your comment Eric! Of course you are right and I made a little adjustment to the original sentence!
Thanks!

M. March 11, 2009 at 1:25 pm

Australia and Canada are possessions of the Royal Crown. Although they might rule themselves, they are owned by the Crown. So if Britain fights so will Canada. Do your research.

h November 13, 2011 at 10:44 pm

@M Actually Canada wouldn’t have to fight if Britain did. The Statute of Westminister made Canada independent of Britain on foreign affairs and in World War II, Canada declared war on Nazi Germany seven days after Britain did. Do your research.

LEE July 16, 2008 at 12:43 am

I am Australian and find that there are quite a few stereotypes associated with my country. While some are untrue, the concept that Australians are laid back and easy-going is generally accurate. With the common realxed lifestyle and attitude, I was not surprised by its inclusion in the list.

It is true that rugby is popular here but the country is very sports-oriented overall. Codes like cricket, swimming and tennis (not really these days) compete in the sports market.

Other domestic national codes such as rugby league and Australian Rules Football compete for fans alongside rugby Union. Each of the ball sports is usually dominant in a pacticular state or area, such as the national Australian rules competition having a majority of Victorian teams. Rugby league is predominantly played in New South Wales and Queensland.

John Lynch July 22, 2008 at 2:45 pm

The information about Canada is incorrect. Canada made a point of declaring war on Germany independent of Great Britain. Canada was fully independent by virtue of its Confederation in 1867 and the Statute of Westminster in 1931. While Canada is a constitutional monarchy, the monarch has little to no say in governing the country. The Governor General is the representative of the Queen but her duties are purely ceremonial (Canadians are proud that the G-G is a black, female, Haitian refugee)
As to happiness, I would characterize it as a country that is relatively placid, where good order and social justice are prized.

Roman July 23, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Thanks for letting me know!
It seems that you know what you’re talking about but the information about Canada is from Wikipedia so I have no reason to doubt it…
As soon as I get back from vacation I’ll go over it!

Visit Copenhagen July 22, 2008 at 3:05 pm

in Denmark you don’t need a car simply because public transport works, and works very well.
Buses, trains, metros etc are ON TIME, ALWAYS
trains have arrivals countdown up to 30 seconds and you bet the train will actually be there in that time.
Taxes are high, no doubt, but you get perfectly public services so paying taxes in such a country is something that will return you something back.

Moreover people from Denmark are fantastic: relaxed, nice to talk with, easy going and girls are absolutely hot (and they’ll drink more beer than you can for sure)

Roman July 23, 2008 at 4:01 pm

I’ve been to Denmark probably about 5 to 10 times and everything you say is actually true. Denmark is a super nice country to live in!

Bubba July 23, 2008 at 8:44 pm

None of these happy countries seem to be places that consider themselves at all responsible for the fate of the world… nor will bear any more marks in history but latitude and longitude and population stats.

FincherFanatic September 17, 2008 at 3:55 am

Yepp, Switzerland sounds like the place to be. They have high salaries, good employment rates and most of all … bank after bank full of more or less legal mafia money … So, yeah, I can understand what makes them happy! ;-)

Kingshuk October 2, 2008 at 11:23 am

As per the conditions, I believe Norway or Ireland or Iceland should be the most happiest countries. This is because they never go to any controversies with others ( Islams ) and they do not have high tax rates like Denmark. Though you can be saved if you donot buy a car but what about the basic necessities in a city like Copenhagen ? You may not have any money left ….. ;)

Roman October 2, 2008 at 2:25 pm

I don’t know about others but Norway actually has one of the highest taxes in the world…
:)

RAVIKANT October 28, 2008 at 3:26 pm

I LOVE MY INDIA………….. :)

Max July 7, 2009 at 11:51 pm

Racist?

amit July 23, 2010 at 4:52 pm

Trully they are!!!

Nadim Ahmed November 10, 2008 at 3:20 pm

India is the most happiest country in the world.

Siddharth Sukhwal November 23, 2009 at 7:55 pm

You got my words!!! India is the most happiest country in the world!!!

miko baby May 19, 2010 at 5:19 pm

yeaaa rite………

Bakwaas June 16, 2011 at 5:45 am

Buhahah!…. Joking…? No doubt India is very rich but, its the SADDEST country with the world’s largest corruption,crime and slum, thanks to the devil Congress party.
Infact, no south asian country r happy.

mila November 10, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Even though our country is not rich, I consider the people happy and hospitable in the Philippines.

Roman November 10, 2008 at 9:09 pm

I’ve never been to Philippines, but I’d sure like to visit and experience the hospitality myself!

motherbug March 12, 2009 at 2:45 am

PLEASE GO!!! And tell us if you dont like Philippines.. I am married to American man..I remember before, he did’nt like Philippines..On his first visit, he was amazed and said, I was wrong..Now he loves goint back there..And he’s inlove of the beaches there, especial mention beaches of BORACAY and PALAWAN island. And he likes the happy mode of the Filipinos and its culture!

World Traveler November 9, 2009 at 1:39 pm

I have been to many countries in my years for business, pleasure and past military career and I am inlove with the Philippines more then anywhere else in the world. Denmark is my close second. I was born and raise in the USA and I can tell you, there are more rude and unhappy people in a mile of my home then I ever met in the Philippines and Denmark. I love the Philippines so much that I married a Pinay and we have 2 beautiful children together, This Friday will be our 5th anniversary.

Anyone who says that their country is “THE BEST”, like 9 out of 10 Americans will boast, have never been outside of the boarder of their country. Do yourself a favor, life is short but the world is small. Get out there and travel the world. Then you can make your own judgments on what is right for you and what isn’t. That is why my wife and I plan to leave the states and live our lives where we will be truely happy, The Philippines!

I have visited
England
Ireland
Denmark
Canada
Mexico
France
Thailand
China
South Korea
Japan
Indonesia
Australia
Iceland
Greenland
Russia
Germany
Philippines

E December 19, 2009 at 10:21 am

wow.. youve been to a lot of places. *envy* =)
Thanks for liking Philippines. Yeah i’m from here, i’m not really that rich, i live in a “small-laid back” city(though i want to travel places) but im still happy. Life is BEAUTIFUL!
take care ..

Resident of the U.S December 19, 2009 at 8:45 pm

My parents moved here with Political Assylum because of Gadaffi’s injustice. I cannot agree more with you. We moved here to the US 11 years ago from Libya, and I can assure you, the last 9 years have been hell. For most of the time we lived here, we were home and there was nothing to do. I was 9 when we moved here, and now I’m 20, I think back some times and ponder about how much time of my life is wasted. My youth was wasted in staying home all day because there was nothing to do, no one to go out with, and no place to do anything interesting. Everyone is working, studying, or at home just watching TV. Everything here is about work, money, bills, taxes, loans, mortgage, debt, business, movies, music and sex. No cultural values and no social etiquette. People are rude, hateful, selfish, and everyone just worries about themselves and how they can make more money. Back in Libya we lived a simple life but that didn’t stop us from owning a nice big house and having money and being around family. Everyone there is happy. I pity the people who live here, and also the way of life here.

Lans May 22, 2010 at 4:11 pm
JAMIR November 29, 2010 at 9:44 am

when r u visiting india ?

Wisdom Child February 3, 2011 at 7:19 am

“World Traveler” what was it like seeing so much of the world and the cultures?

ronnie July 5, 2011 at 2:59 am

Thanks World Traveler,That’s the fact truly the Philippines is very nice country to live in in this world,the environment is almost perfect,the beach is very beautiful with it’s whitiest soil and cristal clear BLUE water,greatest marine life in the world,friendly and hospitable people.i hope that the Philippines beat Italy or mexico in the most visited country in the world interms of tourism in the near future.Long live Philippines MABUHAY !!!!

Youcantseeme August 29, 2011 at 4:04 am

Thank you Roman for choosing Philippines as your next destination. By the way try EL Nido in Palawan it’s a wonderful beach or Amanpulo it’s awesome, Baguio City the summer capital of the Philippines, Boracay a place of fun and relaxation, tubbataha reef, Puerto Galera, The Banaue Rice Terraces and etc.

I totally understand why we are not in your top list of being the happiest country in the world :) but we hope by next year, you will include Philippines on your Top 10..lol..

jan January 28, 2010 at 2:56 am

I am Chinese. I have traveled to some countries and in Canada, met a lot of different people from different nationality. I considered Filipino people the happiest is the world. Their behaviors are very jolly and the way they talk, I even like their expressions and slangs.
The discrepancy between their economic status and their emotions is huge. I love their sense of humor.

Xanvier Watson March 7, 2010 at 6:55 pm

I totally agree! so true! – depression is not considered a word in the Philippines, theres no place of depression there. 10 years ago, It was voted in Times magazine as the happiest people in the world. – Many poor people in the street, small tiny poor houses yet theyre are not miserable and contented with their lives, – dancing and singing in the street, very friendly, down to earth people. – everyone is concerned to each other, even if you are a total stranger.

as for other countries suicidal, depression were so high. even they have everything in life, yeah, its a shame, i know.

jo May 14, 2010 at 9:13 am

one of the secrets why we Filipinos are happy:
we value our family so much sometimes so much but we tend not

jo May 14, 2010 at 9:17 am

to bother the excesses…we have a saying that a person who does not look back to where she or he came from will not be able to arrive to his or her destination (sounds better in our language though..:)..maybe this would help while no matter what , money or less money…we still are happy…..

Adryan November 20, 2008 at 5:42 am

One of the factors is also expectations. In an interview in “60 Minutes”, Denmark people are full of humour and get this, education is free, and government pay people to go to Universities to study! To balance this, the tax is very high.
People dont have too “high” expectations and so they rarely get disappointed in life, that is why they are happy people.

Glenn January 22, 2012 at 4:05 pm

HAHHAHAHAHAH FUNNAY ALREADAY! :D D

im filipino by the way

Josami November 30, 2008 at 8:05 am

“Australians are famous for playing rugby and calling each-other “mates”.”

What? We constantly say ‘mate’ in the UK and rugby isn’t even that popular in Oz, ranking behind cricket and Aussie Rules.

nilesh July 19, 2010 at 12:58 am

so strange, australia is such a racist country, and too racist for asian countries. it might be happy for western white country people, but asians suffer in australia. so its a biased judgement.

Rebecca January 29, 2011 at 5:51 pm

WE ARE A MULTICULTURAL SOCIETY!!!!!! how could we be racist!!! do not judge all of us because of a few of us… and im pretty sure you were just racist against us so you are a hippocrite!

Aditi August 5, 2011 at 11:10 pm

NOT JUST A FEW! Australia is so fucking racists its crazy. my family lived there 4 4 months and thank god we moved. USA is the best country ever! Indian will one day be just as great, we without a doubt have the best culture. I love being Indian and living in USA its the best. and we don’t kill random foreigners and drink like crazy and act with violence. thats what Aussies r, drunk, crazy, bastards. thank god the best of the world does not have 2 deal with u cuz yr on a Island that nobody cares about. i hate Aussies.

Chris November 16, 2011 at 12:53 am

The irony of your comment is just delicious.So you think Aussies are racist…. but you hate them? And you label them as brunk, crazy etc.? Seems like racism is a one way street. All cultures (Australians, Americans, Indians, Norwegians etc.) have people who are culturally aware and those who are filled with biterness and hate. I work in a bank surrounded by all nationalities (including Indians) and they are all top people. Have happily gone out to restaurants and bars with quite a few of my colleagues and have found them very tolerant of those around them and grateful for just about every opportunity that this great country has to offer. I have also come across uneducated dolts like you who use the racist card just because they are upset, or even worse, because they are black/asian. Didn’t like Australia (or Australians)? Fine. But that does not entitle you to lump everyone in the same bag. Racist scum!

Glenn January 22, 2012 at 4:12 pm

Apparently u are not happy sir. hahahah :D

jojo December 2, 2008 at 9:32 pm

i was surprized to find out that Denmark is the most happiest country i really thought that it would be Morocco or Italy so thanks for posting this :) !

Jake Harrison December 2, 2008 at 9:53 pm

I am an American, but i can still say that Philippines is the happiest country!

Oladele August 11, 2011 at 10:54 am

Jake,you’re right! The Filipinos are the happiest people on earth.i’ve been there to confirm that it’s a pretty good and hospitable place to live.so…philiphine should the first on the list.

Jessica M. Ughoc November 6, 2011 at 5:26 am

Thanks for saying that Philippines is the happiest country… it is true.

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jo May 14, 2010 at 9:20 am

well i wonder what made you happy in the Philippines…:)….but yes what can we say…we Filipinos are happy people….we have our own shares of disasters, controversies and crimes but through it all….we are happy happy happy….:):):)

Jessica M. Ughoc November 6, 2011 at 5:28 am

thanks, im a filipina and i know the character traits of the people.

Jake Harrison December 2, 2008 at 9:57 pm

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rose December 18, 2008 at 3:57 am

you’re right jake.. i do agree with you 100%!

Max July 7, 2009 at 11:48 pm

I’m the happiest person with sweet smile.:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

E December 19, 2009 at 10:23 am

woot! SMILES =) =) =) :-)

Chris December 28, 2008 at 8:51 am

The criteria is western utopia. Buddhists, zenists & hindus are happier because they understand downsides of narcissism.

Narcissism only offers superficial happiness. The western way-too-narcissistic culture has badly productized everything, even people.

Sigmund Freud proves this scientificly, incase you can trust only western science.

nilesh July 19, 2010 at 12:47 am

yes i agree completelyChris. I myself a Jain Hindu, and belive in non violence, them land which produced SoMe of the epitomes of peace,,LORD BUDDHA, LORD MAHAVIRA, AND MAHATMA GANDHI. love is the basis in my country India. its such a happy country.

Urmila June 1, 2011 at 8:23 am

You are wrong nilesh! Lord Buddha was born in Nepal NOT in India!!!!

Mohan June 16, 2011 at 5:33 am

Yes! But when Lord Buddha was born, there was no Nepal, it came to existence much later.

Urmila November 8, 2011 at 4:08 am

Oh really ?? Only an ignorant Indian like you can say such bullshit things…I pity you!!! Go back to school and study the history and geography lessons more carefully instead of posting crap in websites…Its just like when you people say that Mt.Everest is also in India.YOU WISH!!!!

Patrick July 29, 2011 at 12:34 am

Oh you believe in peace do you? what about all those hindu’s who went around raping christian nuns and murdering christian priests with machetes and knives? burning christian children alive and threatening christians with death and torture if they didnt convert to hindu? so much for a peaceful country aye? Look up anti-christian violence in india on wikipedia im sure you will be surprised at “peaceful loving india”

Karen G. January 1, 2009 at 12:05 pm

I’ve been to Italy and the Mediterranean several times and I have to say it’s one of the happiest regions on our planet. Must be all the vino rosa, fresh sea breeze, and sunshine. Of course, it could just be their relationship to the land and the deep respect that runs across generations.

jon doe January 7, 2009 at 10:22 am

I’ve been once to the Philippines, been to this place called boracay, I never seen such a beutifull place!! and you bet they are the happiest people!

No doubt Philippines is the happiest Country in the world!

coming back to see you homees this May.

Brooklyn, New york

Lauera January 7, 2009 at 4:07 pm

I think Great Britain Is the happist country

Max July 7, 2009 at 11:46 pm

You shoud have a reason.

Amit March 21, 2011 at 1:19 am

No one needs a reason to be happy :D

Tyrel January 23, 2009 at 12:10 am

I belive he got these answers right on the botton very insightful keep up the good work!!

clarisse bautista January 28, 2009 at 10:19 pm

i could say that philippines is a happy country, aside from the fact that philiipins is a poor country, but people are happy and very optimistic….
i do believe that you don’t need to be rich to be happy.

sahil February 2, 2009 at 8:49 am

we don’t care about number’s .It doesn’t bothers us even if we are at the last still that will make us happy ( YO! India )

jo May 14, 2010 at 9:05 am

Well yes indeed Filipinos are the happiest, flexible,dynamic ,etc..in the world…why?
Cos I am one of them…:)))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))

ma80ann July 29, 2010 at 8:13 am

yes that’s right! don’t need to b rich to b happy…filipinos r and so glad to b 1.

Glenn January 22, 2012 at 4:17 pm

WHO CARES ABOUT THE ECONOMY! :D D WE HAPPY EVARY DAY!! :D DDDDDDDD HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY HAPPAAY!

WERE NOT POOR, WERE COMPLETELY HAPPY AND NOONE CAN STOP US FROM BEING HAPPY!

PEOPLE SAY POOR BECAUSE THEY ARE RICH :D DDDDDDDDDDDDD

WE HAPPY BECAUSE WE POOR! GET ME! OH MY GUT!

Don February 4, 2009 at 9:58 pm

What happened to Nigeria which used to be the happiest country in the world?Is this going to be politicized too?Is it a crime for an African country to be accreditted with something positive?Damn what is wrong with y`all??

Jorge February 7, 2009 at 9:02 pm

Definitively, this is a very subjective study. Because my sense of happiness involves enjoying music, family and friend relationships, great tasty food…

I am from Mexico, and I have lived in Germany, USA and Spain. From those countries, I would say Spain is happiest, followed by USA and Germany. But USA is richest, followed by Germany and Spain….my country does have a lot of economic and political issues to work on, but neither in Germany or the USA I saw so lively parties like in Mexico or Spain.
I am very happy here in Mexico, and I am not rich. I want to stay here for the food, the people, the culture, the weather…that makes me so happy.
Peace.

Max July 7, 2009 at 11:45 pm

I agree with you…….

pinoy_ako February 15, 2009 at 8:06 pm

i lived in a poor country…philippines. we ranked as one of the corrupt country in asia. we have fiscal and political problems. we have a lesser gnp compared to other countries. basically we worked hard as hard down-to-the-rugs than what you ever imagine. we never had enough money in our purse…but what keep us smilin’?i think lets put it as one of the criteria, right? what we have is the spirit to continue to live and the hopes of a bright tomorrow. A bank account, or a huge wealth is not enough to buy such happiness here in our country, becuase money cant buy hapinnes. you may think it a simple joy, but it means survival, life.

love, my country…philippines

motherbug March 12, 2009 at 2:35 am

I am second the motion!!!!! Money cant buy happines.

ma80ann July 2, 2010 at 2:57 am

yeah ur right! this is the reason why i am glad being a filipino…we r happy 1s,believe it!

happy February 22, 2009 at 2:31 am

KATIE-
wer’s phillipines?????
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you know what. PHILLIPINES is NOT a Country BUT PHILIPPINES is a country..or you just spelled it incorrectly?
for your information, philippines is located in asia pacific specifically in South East Asia. It is near brunei,hongkong,japan etc..

Philippines is a very beautiful place to live in.You might want to look at the map and locates where philippines is.

Maybe I can say that philippines is not as rich as other countries are but we live in harmony and happiness enjoying freedom

DesTrOyer February 22, 2009 at 6:05 am

PHILIPPINES !!!!

NO DOUBT ABOUT IT..

Glenn January 22, 2012 at 4:18 pm

OH MY GUT!

Guy March 1, 2009 at 1:09 am

Filipino happy? If you are happy, you won’t have to go to the street to strike….

Serenity, respect, simplicity, self-control, purity of thought are virtues of the mind.

Generosity, stillness, gratitude, happiness, purity of feeling are virtues of the heart.

Develop the quiet, even state of mind. When praised by some and condemned by others, free the mind from hate and pride and gentle go your way in peace.

motherbug March 12, 2009 at 2:21 am

Yes we are happy people! Strike in the streets happened anywhere honey…Even in the powerful and rich country.

ma80ann July 2, 2010 at 3:01 am

yeah that’s right!

pesty March 11, 2009 at 8:28 am

Hey before making ranks have you visited Uganda
KAMPALA .LAND OF MIIK AND HONEY

Roman March 11, 2009 at 11:48 am

I’m sorry to say that I have not managed to visit Uganda – but I am sure that it is one of the happiest countries in the world!
This list is however made by a scientist called Ruut Veenhoven – so I can’t modify it the way I want to!
If I could do that – my own country Estonia would be first!

Shade March 11, 2009 at 8:42 am

I think this is a racist view.. What happened to Afrian countires like Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya etc?????? There are African countries with very happy people, much happier than the West..

Sita March 11, 2009 at 9:22 am

I agree with ‘comment by Shade’. If these ratings are true, why is Africa being left out? I am from Tanzania and I think Tanzania,the land of Mt Kilimanjaro,with its beautiful beaches and out of this world animal parks like the Ngorongoro and Serengeti,is the happiest country in the world not to mention that it is the most beautiful!

Roman March 11, 2009 at 11:53 am

Sita, it seems that your country is truly beutiful! I’d like to visit it one day!

Roman March 11, 2009 at 11:52 am

I don’t agree with you Shade!
There are only 10 countries in this list – so there are over 200 countries in the world that didn’t make it in the Top 10 happiest countries in the world list.

If I made a list called “Top 10 warmest countries in the world” and it would come out that they are almost all African countries – would you still say that its a racist list?

No it wouldn’t be – cause the list would only be stating a fact!

You might be the happiest person in the world but as long as there are people who are not very happy in your country – it means that your country will not make the top 10 of happiest countries in the world!

Shola October 25, 2009 at 1:18 am

Thank shade u make a good point like that,wer are the afrikans.they are not in ur list.u see,the list meant for u friends list only,thanks babe Nigeria should be in No 1 we laugh and feel comfortable everyday,shade thank commend u 4 dat can i have ur email here is oypt4luv@yahoo.com

matt March 11, 2009 at 9:16 am

Iceland number 4??? what the f*ck is goin on with this survey islanders got the worst economic problem of all europe close to bancrupcy people here in island go to street everyday to oust the govt. island also one of most corrupt nation in the world i guess all europe what they did about icesave took all the peoples money then run away like thieves, there bankers are swindlers and greedy so who ever idiot made this country number 4 he or she is mentally ill.

sue March 11, 2009 at 9:56 am

I love my India and its the happiest place on earth and I miss my India

Roman March 11, 2009 at 11:56 am

I’ve never been to India but I feel that it’s truly a marvel! It’s on my list of definite places to visit!

jan January 28, 2010 at 2:58 am

I met Filipino and Indian people in my work. IMO, Filipinos are more happier and they have more sense of humor.

jo May 14, 2010 at 9:24 am

well yes indeed i have worked with Indian people too..and guess what…well they are okay but happiness is with genuine smile, humour and attitude….am a Filipino…

nilesh July 19, 2010 at 12:35 am

you are most welcome to India buddy. and seriously if you really care to see happiness, then visit the villages of India. despite been lack of basic utilities the are such a happy lot.
you can contact me if u likewen u visit India. i live in delhi.

thushara March 11, 2009 at 11:26 am

Guys
WHAT ABOUT MY COUNTRY SRILANKA? IT IS AS BEAUTYFUL AS ANY OTHER COUNTRY. WE ARE VERY HAPPY HERE AND ENJOYING FREE HEALTH AND VERY GOOD EDUCATION TOTALLY FREE WITHOUT PAYING ANY TAXES(MOST OF US AND IF YOU ARE NOT A MANAJOR). LOT OF SUNSHINE AND IF YOU WANT TO STAY COOL JUST VISIT BEAUTIFUL UPCOUNTRY IN 2 HOURS TO ENJOY 15c WEATHER.

i LOVE SRI LANKA.

Roman March 11, 2009 at 12:05 pm

Sri Lanka is the 115th happiest country in the world.
I don’t know much about Sri Lanka since I haven’t been there but I remember reading news stories about the Tamil Tigers fighting the government and killing people. It doesn’t seem that they are very happy to me…

BALA August 18, 2009 at 11:45 am

Now all problem over in Sri Lanka, According to new rankings, Sri Lanka is the 22 place in the list and USA, Canada are far beyond. In Asia the Sri Lankans are the most happest.

Source: http://www.dailymirror.lk/DM_BLOG/Sections/frmNewsDetailView.aspx?ARTID=58311

WOOO September 1, 2009 at 4:31 am

Yeah that’s true!! Sri Lanka is the best! I still think it should be number 1 though.. haha.

WOOO September 1, 2009 at 4:32 am

Agreed!

WOOO September 1, 2009 at 4:34 am

With Thushara, I meant.

Rose March 11, 2009 at 11:27 am

I think Fiji is the happiest palce on Earth. People are friendly, Relax, caring and laid back.

Rose March 11, 2009 at 11:30 am

So, why don’t you guys go live in those country!!!!! USA is the best ….

krishnaphani March 11, 2009 at 2:03 pm

HI,

Could you please tell me, why did u keep INDIA in 45th position.. what are the reasons?

could u breif on this…

honey May 13, 2010 at 9:11 am

because there inindia people are living inmiserible condition, fighting,killing,theres nothing positive in india,so how people can live happy there

the truth himself February 8, 2011 at 3:32 am

India was the best country in the past. that is a fact. India has given so much to the world in every field be it science,mathematics,arts,culture,yoga,ayurveda and the list goes on. i admit that India has not done much in the case of absolutely USELESS innovations,on which the west claims they are the best. for eg, they made engine, due to which the human race in in grave danger due to the increasing pollution. they made industries which pollute our planet.they made tv due to which people are getting obese and getting diseases and getting more and more monotonous, because in their every movie, the characters behave in same manner. they do not know to behave other way, they do not know that there are infinite possibilities in the universe.
they made video games due to which our children are getting retarded(i think most of the youths in US have personality disorder).

due to their disgusting ‘innovations’ , we are getting more and more separated from the nature and wasting our life.we are getting away from the reality.
for me India was,is and will be best. but if you compare a country like Pakistan with US,UK, Europe i think Pakistan is better. at least there people are not fake,robotic,overacting,and boasting about their pathetic ‘innovations’. they are only misguided by their obsolete religion. at least they are living simple lifestyle and not wasting the resources of OUR planet.
even Iraq is better.

look at these pathetic robots, the medical system which they have invented can not even cure a common cold.and they still waste billions in making colleges where the students will study ‘medicine’ and then they will loot money from the patients for giving them useless medicine which can only extend their life a little bit. rather than curing it only makes life worse due to the side effects of their medicine.

see their ‘innovations; it shows their knowledge, it shows their culture, it shows their understanding of life.

World Traveler November 9, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Ah, another typical “Americaa Is The Best” boast. Travel the world and you will see that the US of A is not what everyone claims it to be. I served my country, have lived here my entire life, but I traveled the world and realized that this country is not what everyone claims it to be. Get out and travel, do so with an open mind and closed mouth.

pesky March 11, 2009 at 11:40 am

how about nepal

Roman March 11, 2009 at 12:01 pm

Nepal is the 102nd happiest country!

Urmila June 1, 2011 at 8:40 am

Its all because of of the stupid Maoists and the corrupt politicians in my country.Othewise we are happy and contented people.

Nasir Awan March 11, 2009 at 1:19 pm

Hi Roman. How r u. I am satisfied with the list of 10 happiest countries of the world. Plz tell me the status of my country in the list of happiest countries. I am from the country which is full of natural resources and has 5 seasons. It has different geographical positions and has also importance due to the neighbouring country of China, Iran, Afghanistan and India. We are satisfied with one and other but due to the benifits of the other countries Like USA,Russia, we remain in the state of war but at borders. We are satisfied and Living a happiest life Dear. Here in Pakistan, U can come for tourism. We believe upon hospitality and believe on humanity rather than races or religion Bcoz Islam teaches us humanity. The war is only due to the diplomassy of USA bcoz a peacefull Pakistan is not in the favoure of USA bcoz Pakistan is a friend of China.

Roman March 11, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Nasir!
I have a friend who is studying in Sweden and who is from Pakistan! He is a smart guy!

Currently however – Pakistan is the 138 happiest country in the world. Since I have never been there I have no way of knowing why it is so.
Studies show however that to a certain amount wealth is connected to happiness, maybe that’s the case here?

samr April 9, 2010 at 4:35 am

I AGREE!PAKISTAN I LOVE U

Nasir Awan March 11, 2009 at 1:24 pm

Kindly tell me that at which number do u place my country in the list of happiest countries. u know my country only through Media which do not show u the right face. I invites you to visit my Pakistan and then pass the comments.

Siddharth Sukhwal November 23, 2009 at 8:30 pm

Well I dont think I can visit Pakistan since I am a Hindu!! Hindus are discriminated in Pakistan!!! and so are sikhs!! Pakistanis force Hindus to change their names and comvert to islam to live in pakistan!! So how is it a happy place to visit!!! Well I am not gona go there since I dont want to die!!

samr April 10, 2010 at 6:16 am

u have wrong concepts 4 Pakistan.u r quite free.minorities can perform there religious practices quite freely!

Pallvi January 11, 2011 at 3:10 pm

What a rubbish blanket statement. Leave political problems aside…I have been there and have NEVER been more welcomed in a country…(and, I have travelled)…and I am a hindu too

Singaporeboi December 18, 2009 at 10:39 pm

I rather not go to Pakistan since I look like a Westerner. They have many terrorists and have a border with Afghanistan ( Where Osama is ). ANd I often heard in the news that bombings are often in markets and shopping centres. No matter how you look, Western, Asian or what, there’s a high risk of kipnappings.

Alex March 8, 2010 at 4:40 am

I visited your place once. its a wonderful country.

samr April 9, 2010 at 4:37 am

PAKISTAN IS MOST BEAUTIFUL IN THE WORLD

Amit March 21, 2011 at 1:22 am

LOL @ pakistan

Vatpar March 11, 2009 at 2:24 pm

I’ve been to different places in the world but nothing could beat the happy mood of the Philippine people. This country is not as huge as the supwerpowers, but the festive mood of the place is really great. For me, Philippines is the happiest country in the world.

Roman March 11, 2009 at 5:10 pm

Vatpar – there have been a lot of Philippine people coming to my website and writing that they feel that Philippine is the happiest country in the world, so there must be some truth in it – so I believe you guys!

Singaporeboi December 18, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Philippines too have terrorists – The famous Abu Sayaf

E December 19, 2009 at 10:07 am

Yea there is but mostly/only somewhere in the southern part of the country. so, not all.

jo May 14, 2010 at 9:31 am

terrorists…well every country has its own terror…and well terrorists attacks are mostly based on remote areas and not the whole country…I am a Filipino..and for those terrorists …ahm well they make our government something to do…:)…terrorists guerillas,..a deceases prominent senator once mentioned…these are necessary evils in a country….sounds illogical?…think deeper..:)

vince September 6, 2010 at 7:54 am

hahahha,,,well if thats true Philippines would not be the asia’s top tourist destination,,,we are known to hospitable,,,,Filipinosn are ( Elastic) you can assure your that they can do there very best,,when ever you put them…

rachel March 22, 2012 at 4:20 am

duhh!! for your information, terrorists in the Philippines are not Filipinos, they came from Indonesia or Malaysia to disturb our peaceful country! how dare you say that, you’re just insecure. look at the name, it’ Abu sayaf, that name is not even common with Filipino names!

Benyver Yap Galup[o April 2, 2010 at 4:58 am

Your right! Philippines is the most happiest country in the world. Why? Any people experience the beauty of the Philippines and the Filipino’s are welcome, friendly, smiley people of the entire world.

ma80ann July 2, 2010 at 3:11 am

thank u! well that is true!

pinay July 2, 2010 at 4:12 am

Yeah right…! Even if we have no much money still we are happy of what we have. Freedom is happiness, in the sense that you’re happy doing things without hurting someone, without using anyone nor stepping someone’s toes, just enjoying life that God offers to everyone…

motherbug March 11, 2009 at 2:26 pm

Hey, why Philippines was not mentioned????????? Helloooooooo..Even those mentioned countries are rich and powerful, it doesnt mean they’re happy! When the people of its country doesnt know how to cope stress from poverty or any problems, it reflects and shows. I am proud to say that even Philippines is a poor country, we Filipinos know how to handle problems and still can wear smiles in our faces. We know how to entertain ourselves inspite of problems and the great thing about us, we help each other..Is it obvious when it comes to entertainers, workers, nurses, etc, Philippines is in demand! We are happy people inspite of all the problems for how many years..we still survive!!!The people of its country makes the the country happy not what richness they have. Rich countries focus too much in their career and have no time to spend with their family. A country consist of community…community consist of families..If these families are not happy (broken home)…what do you think is the product! Hollllaaaaa! I vote my own country! Philippines is one of the happiest counties in the world!!!!

Roman March 11, 2009 at 5:17 pm

Philippines ranks quite high in the official ranking as well. It is currently number 54th happiest country in the world.
I completely agree with you on the part that a country consists of communities and they are made up of families. It is important for us to help each other!

motherbug March 12, 2009 at 1:41 am

I am wonder how you guys rank the country…Just by the number of people who vote here???? I can change my username here and vote my own country again, you know…I think the best way of ranking of what country is the happiest is by going to every country and have a community survey and also get some comments from some visiting foriegners..That, you can get the right nfo. Well,…this ranking is fun anyway! I enjoy reading comments.

butterfly September 3, 2011 at 5:43 am

you are so good in knwing the ranks of the country

jan January 28, 2010 at 3:02 am

I agree. I have visited Philippines before and I stayed in a relatively poorer street, but my gosh, people there have good sense of comraderieship and there are always laughters. I was confused at first.

jan January 28, 2010 at 3:05 am

its not only the happiness that I noticed in Filipino people but also their sense of humors and their jokes. I love their comedy movies. Better that American comedies and sitcoms.

ma80ann July 2, 2010 at 3:21 am

u r right dear…what motherbug have just said is true! try to have filipino friends to find out…

pinay July 2, 2010 at 4:26 am

I love Phils., my motherland…! I love Denmark too, and U.S.A. coz I have relatives and friends living there…! What I heared from them, they’re happily living and so appreciative of what they are currently benefitting of those countries I’ve mentioned.

motherbug March 11, 2009 at 2:43 pm

In addition…Philippines is rich in natural resources. Has hard-working, smart, creative, beautiful, talented and friendly citizens. Has beautiful sceneries that we could proud when it comes to tourism…It’s just the goverment doesnt know how to govern the country..But inspite of these corrupt leaders, citizens of the Philippines still can cope this..We can survive with smiles in our faces..with happy mode and positive points of view!! BRAVURA PILIPINAS!!!!!

mohd. abdulkarim March 11, 2009 at 3:00 pm

I’m a Saudi national. i love to travel and i visited all the continents of the world. As far as i experienced the way of living, I believe PHILIPPINES should be the HAPPIEST COUNTRY! Despite of being a third-world country, the people are so nice and very hospitable. They tend to put a smile on their face eventhough they are in the midst of problems.

jo May 14, 2010 at 9:34 am

asalamu allaikum…sorry if i did not got it right…but from a Saudi national…hmmm/.that tells a lot….yes we are happy people…

Brenda March 11, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Oh my God,
Believe me, I have visited many parts of the world but I dont know why you left out Uganda, my God, the people are very friendly, alot of tourism spots and good food.

Am not a Ugandan but I loved my stay there for six years and I never wanted to leave.
Anyhow, its a beautiful country.
check it.

cheers

Bernard March 11, 2009 at 3:47 pm

ohhhhhh guys,
Uganda is beautiful. The people are hardworking, happy despite the poverty in some places.
Its a happy country.

Roman March 11, 2009 at 5:21 pm

I bet you are right!
Officially though Uganda is the 110th happiest country in the world!

Max July 7, 2009 at 11:04 pm

How about Burma? People from Burma have good heart. Also have big natural resources even if there is complicated political affair. It’s a union of Culture, People and Attitude. When I’v been there, It’s amazing that there is a beautiful beach. People are friendly.

pinayme!! March 11, 2009 at 8:14 pm

philippines should be on the 1st place!!
being hospitable is one of our main character traits..
am i ryt?/
hehehe..
no doubts!
plz reply!

pinayme!! March 12, 2009 at 7:49 am

philippines really,..!!
thnkx for all who supported my country!

vixen March 12, 2009 at 9:05 am

yup, yup! I vote Philippines as one of the happiest country!

^^phil..^^ March 12, 2009 at 6:14 pm

hey vixen,.i’m d 1 who replys u through email..
r u an american?
this is pinayme!!

Jacob Frank March 14, 2009 at 9:56 am

VANUATU IS THE HAPPIEST PLACE ON EARTH, END OF STORY.

sad english person March 16, 2009 at 5:30 am

Is there a list for the sad countries in the world? :(

Roman March 16, 2009 at 4:26 pm

Too bad there isn’t one but perhaps the least happy countries are the saddest? If this is true then I could also publish the Top 10 saddest countries in the world list :) )

MARK March 23, 2009 at 8:31 pm

How about the Philippines???

This country is the happiest for me because even though they faced trials in their lives they always smiling……

Frances March 24, 2009 at 9:07 pm

This list is kinda wrong. I read one made by some scientists and the list ended up a little different from this one. At first it was only based on economy, but then they based it on well being and two of the countries ended up replaced. The first one is alright, but the rest r kinda messed up. The list I know goes like this:
1. Denmark
2. Puerto Rico
3. Colombia
4. Iceland
5. North Ireland
6. Ireland
7. Switzerland
8. Netherlands
9. Canada
10. Austria

Money is not everything

JaCK May 28, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Hello my name is jack,i live in panama but im planning to go live in norway,but i dont know if im doing a good decition by doing this. I want to study there,and ive heard that universities there are verry cheap,and even free.
I would like somebody that lives in norway to give me his/her opinion. Thanks

AHMED JAMEEL June 14, 2010 at 11:12 pm

after reading all the above comments about the happiest countries of the world I wonder why no one mentioned Thailand,I travel a lot dut I have never seen people as happy as Thais , you always see them smiling even if they are depressed or under pressure. I really admire them.

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