Today is the International Day of Happiness, and we all have something in our lives to be happy about: The Netherlands is the 5th happiest country in the world. The country made on to the top 5 of the UN happiness report of 150 countries around the world!聽

What factors are they looking at?

The UN happiness report looks at six factors: GDP, life expectancy, social satisfaction, generosity, freedom and support. These include things like healthcare, government satisfaction, corruption and so on.

This year, they also looked at how social media and digital technology in general affects the happiness of people. They look at particularly the United States, which ranked in the 19th position. Essentially, it looks at how happiness can be measured by how people interact with each other over social media, and how connected they feel.

And the best part? The Netherlands was on the list last year as well, but on the 6th position. The country has moved up one spot. Looks like a lot can happen in one year, huh?

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Who beat the Netherlands?

Looks like Finland takes the cake again coming in at first position, followed by Norway, Denmark, and Iceland. Switzerland and the Netherlands switched positions where the former was in the 5th position last year. The countries up north are not doing too bad! They occupied the top positions last year as well, and seem to be doing pretty well for themselves this year too!


Looks like not having a cross in the flag did not keep the Netherlands back 馃槈

The Top 10

1. Finland
2. Denmark
3. Norway
4. Iceland
5. Netherlands
6. Switzerland
7. Sweden
8. New Zealand
9. Canada
10. Austria

Can you really measure happiness in this way, though? What do you think about the Netherlands coming in the 5th position? Should it be higher or lower? Let us know in the comments!

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