The 20 happiest cities in the world

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21 places in 12 countries

This is a list of the top 20 happiest cities in the world according the World Happiness Report which is based on data from 160+ countries. The Nordics and Oceania are heavily over-represented, but the happiest cities in the US and a few other countries made the list too.

We can't guarantee that you will be happier if you go to these places but they have to be doing something right. So what actually makes people happy? That is a big question, but some patterns emerge. Safety and security with low crime rates and strong social welfare systems are key. So are healthy economies where most people can find a job, as well as access to green spaces offering ways to connect with nature and participate in outdoor activities.

Find the happiest places on earth and their sources of happiness below.


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Why is Helsinki the happiest city in the world?

Finland, in general, is known for its high quality of life, with a thriving economy with a vibrant job market, and low levels of crime. Helsinki has a very high standard of living, with a high level of healthcare and education, a robust social safety net, as well as ample access to green spaces and healthy acitivities, which can improve physical and mental health. The Finnish culture is very egalitarian, with a focus on social acceptance, which can lead to a sense of community and belonging. All of these factors contribute to a high level of life satisfaction and make Helsinki the happiest place in the world!

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