Czech Republic – One of the world’s top 20 happiest countries
Despite the Czechs sometimes being seen as a little ‘cold’ or unhappy on first impressions, this year’s World Happiness Report suggests otherwise, with the Czech Republic managing to break into the world’s top 20 happiest countries in 2019.
The Word Happiness Report, compiled annually by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network assesses the happiness of nations based on a series of objective and subjective criteria.
As is usually the norm with such analyses, the top positions were dominated by Scandinavian nations, with Finland in 1st place for the second consecutive year. The other top 5 performers were Denmark, Norway, Iceland and the Netherlands, The majority of the top 20 places were taken by European countries.
Although not as high ranking as the Scandinavian nations, Czech Republic has slowly moved up the rankings year-on-year, being 23rd in 2017 and 21st in last year’s report, and currently ranks as the happiest of all the Central and Eastern European nations.
Factors contributing to the happiest countries, especially in the case of Finland, were: education, health care, career fulfilment and work-life balance. In the case of Czech Republic, social support, GDP per capita, health and life expectancy all contributed to the nation’s high ranking. There is room for improvement however, with corruption and generosity (or lack there of) holding the Czech nation back from the top spots.
Below is a list of the world’s top 25 happiest countries, according to the 2019 World Happiness Report:
- New Zealand
- Costa Rica
- United Kingdom
- United States
- Czech Republic
- United Arab Emirates
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