1 of 10 For the third year, Norway ranked no. 1 as the happiest country in the world. With per capita GDP of $54,000 it is among the richest in the world and ranks first in social capital and second in safety and security. It is rated as the happiest country in the world. Reuters For the third year, Norway ranked no. 1 as the happiest country in the world. With per capita GDP of $54,000 it is among the richest in the world and ranks first in social capital and second in safety and security. It is rated as the happiest country in the world. Reuters The tiny country ranks first in entrepreneurship and opportunity, based on high levels of social equality, high connectivity and the world's lowest start-up costs. It is the second happiest country in the world, according to Forbes magazine. Press Association Australia has moved up from fifth place in 2009, the result of excellent education, an efficient government bureaucracy and booming trade in natural resources. The country is the third happiest in the world. Reuters New Zealanders got just got just 0.41% of the vote. Reuters With high levels of political participation and social equality combined with an environmental-conscious and tech-savvy people, Sweden is ranked fifth happiest country in the world. Reuters The most prosperous nation in the Americas, Canada ranks first in personal freedom. As befitting a giant landmass with only 30 million people, Canada is very tolerant and welcoming. Canada is the 6th happiest country in the world. Reuters As with its Scandinavian sisters, religion is an afterthought in Finland, with just 13% attending the church. It ranks 3rd in education and entrepreneurship. It is the 7th happiest country in the world. Reuters Switzerland is number 1 in governance and is 2nd in health and economy. Sticking with the Franc rather than going Euro has made Switzerland a bastion of stability in shaky Europe. The country ranks 8 in the list of happiest countries in the world. Reuters Ninety percent of the Dutch report deriving daily enjoyment from their natural surroundings. The country has a robust democracy with broad civil liberties and lots of social cohesion. The Netherlands is the 9th happiest country as per Forbes Magazine. Reuters An excellent place to start a business, the U.S. also ranks no. 1 in health. The U.S. is the 10th happiest country in the world. Reuters
Though happiness is a state of mind, there are some ingredients which contribute to the feeling.
As far as individual nations are concerned, happiness quotient involves the overall prosperity of its economy, entrepreneurship, governance, education, health, safety, personal freedom and social capital.
Here is a list of ten happiest countries in the world as per the Forbes magazine: