Happiness is like a butterfly, we all chase it but rarely enjoy it. Although we can create happiness wherever we live, according to the World Happiness Report there are certain countries where people appreciate happiness and cultivate it on a daily basis. Every year, the World Happiness Index surveys numerous people from various countries around the world in search of, as the name implies, which country has the happiest population. What about the people around you do they usually seem to have smiles on their faces. Your environment plays a role in your overall mood and your outlook on life.

Check out this list of the happiest countries in the world!

1. Netherlands

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Netherlanders rate themselves as some of the most satisfied people in the world. With their strong job market and great work-life balance. In their very free country, locals also get to enjoy plenty of personal choice, from religion to sexuality and everything in between.

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2. Australia

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Australians are some of the happiest in the world. Not only do they live in one of the most adored spots on earth, who wouldn’t like sunny skies, coral reefs, and white sand beaches, but they also rank high in many life-happiness categories.

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3. Canada

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Canada is one of the happiest countries in the world. It’s a multicultural country where people know how to live a long and happy life. Wherever you go in Canada, there are fantastically friendly people from a multitude of racial, cultural and religious backgrounds, stunning landscapes and interesting activities.

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4. Iceland

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Have you ever visited Iceland? If so, you probably noticed how friendly, smiling and happy the locals are. Iceland is becoming more and more popular these days, especially its capital Reykjavik. Tourists enjoy bathing in hot natural springs and whale-watching. there are many other things that make Iceland the happiest country in the world.

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5. Switzerland

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The most salient statistic with respect to well-being for the fourth ranked country on the list is employment. Switzerland tops the list in terms of working age employment rate at a whopping 79%. Switzerland also cracks the top five in three other categories: disposable income, self-reported good health and life expectancy.

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6. Sweden

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Sweden has extremely low pollution levels. 97% of Swedes are satisfied with the quality of their drinking water — the second best rating among developed countries. The country also has the lowest levels of air pollution in the OECD.

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7. New Zealand

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New Zealand became a rookie to the top ten last year and rose one place in the 2016 rankings. ‘‘One’s first impulse, standing on a cliff top surveying it all, simply to burst into spontaneous applause.’’

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8. Norway

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It’s not surprising that Norway tends to rank very high on world happiness reports – it’s one of the most successful countries in the world, and three quarters of its residents report that they have more positive than negative experiences each day. The country is also one of the most naturally beautiful places on earth.

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9. Finland

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Strong social network and better working conditions make Finland as one of the happiest countries in the world. Unlike other developed countries, the school hours are much shorter in Finland. But they provide a smart educational system, excellent student-teacher ratios and well-being service for all children. The 83% of Finns have qualified with university level degrees.

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10. Denamrk

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Denmark consistently ranked in top levels in many measures including security, trust, health, wealth, and education. Trust is the main factor that makes the one of the happiest people in the world. They give more importance to relationships than money.

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Being happy has many benefits, including improved physical health, a longer lifespan, increased productivity, and healthier and happier relationships with others. People who live in the happiest countries have longer life expectancies, have more social support, have more freedom to make life choices, have lower perceptions of corruption, experience less inequality of happiness and have a higher gross domestic product.