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The Happiest Country in the World

According to the World Happiness Report 2017 produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), Norway is the happiest country in the world.

Happy countries are the ones that have a healthy balance of prosperity (as conventionally measured), social capital (meaning a high degree of trust in a society), low inequality, and confidence in government.

SDSN Director Jeffrey Sachs

Why Norway Has the Happiest Citizens

  • It all begins with happy children. Every May 17, Norway holds a children’s parade. Professor Karl Smith said that happy citizens begin with happy children becoming “complete human beings and happy in school.” The Norwegian education system associates such idea into their culture by not measuring their pupils’ intelligence through grades. Norwegians also believe in the “free-upbringing theory,” a belief stating that children should not be controlled nor scolded. Some parents even allow their young ones to travel alone. A Norwegian parent said that she has to be willing to let other people take part in her daughter’s upbringing.
  • Nature makes Norway a happy place. Norway is surrounded by hills, waterfalls, and valleys—all easily accessible by public transportation. With such beauty, Norwegians would not trade them for anything in the world. They even have a law that makes roaming around as “everyone’s right.” No one owns everything so camping everywhere is doable.
  • They take long vacations. In Norway, workers are allowed to have three consecutive weeks of vacation. They are given at least 25 days of paid vacation every year.
  • They spend their money wisely. Their investments are only focused on the wise and ethical ones, such as hydropower, technology, and curing cancer. They have no foreign debts, too.
  • Norwegians get so much back. Norwegians enjoy free education until college, great pension, free medical care, and even a paid parental leave of one year.

This article originally appeared on English Magazines published by Vibal Group, Inc.