Some countries have earned the title of being the happiest country in the world. Can security like money or health care be responsible for this happiness? The Legatum Institute Prosperity Index ranks the happiest country according to its financial stability including government welfare programs, career opportunities, education and healthcare, while the Gallup Poll insists that people are happy because of their culture and lifestyle. The scores are in for 2012 with five countries that are ranked as the happiest in the world.
Even though the per capita GDP is just under $27,500, 72 percent of Australia’s people have full-time jobs. The government provides efficient housing and a good healthcare system to every citizen, allowing the people to freely enjoy healthy eating and outdoor activities.
New Zealand ranks high in well being and welfare, but low in financial security including jobs and long working hours, with a per capita GDP of $30,600. Yet, the people are happy because their needs are met, they live healthy lifestyles and enjoy government welfare plans and a low crime rate. The people depend on each other rather than on technology for all aspects of life, making their social network a powerful and happy one.
Sweden is the highest tax paying country in the world and yet the people are among the happiest. They have an excellent welfare program, which includes healthcare, universal tax-funded childcare, parental leave, education that includes college, retirement pensions and sick leave. Per capital GDP is $33,500, but every public service is included in their tax so the people keep what they earn. Free education and healthcare has certainly helped to make this country happy.
Denmark follows close behind Norway with its per capita GDP of $37,700 along with its political support, strong social networks, full healthcare coverage, low crime rates and education for every person. It’s no wonder Denmark leads in its high standard of learning; their education is free. Ironically, they rank as the smartest people and yet lack updated technology.
Norway ranks first in the social and second in the economic categories with a per capita gross domestic product of $57,000, a standard of living that ranks second in the world, and a government healthcare system that gives full coverage to every single person. The Gallup poll reveals 95 percent of the people are happy with their lifestyles and insist that the great outdoors is responsible for the low disease and obesity rates. Life is good here, and it’s no wonder they are one of the happiest countries in the world.