May 27, 2023
CM Content Team
Happiest Country in the World
The great Greek philosopher, Aristotle, once famously said, “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” Happiness is defined as a state of mind, and it is a feeling that we seek and strive for every day. While you may do everything in your capacity to feel truly happy and make your loved ones feel happy, have you ever thought about what makes a nation a happy nation? And how to determine if a nation is happy?
Well, recently, The World Happiness Report released its annual ranking of the happiest countries in the world. The report is prepared by UN (United Nations) Sustainable Development Solution Network, and they use six key factors to rank more than 150 nations as the happiest countries in the world based on the following six pillars –
Based on the above factors, the World Happiness Report assesses the happiness gap between the most happy country in the world and the least happy country. This year, in 2023, Finland took the top spot in the happiest country in the world ranking, followed by Denmark and Iceland in the second and third spot, respectively.
Let us look at the top happiest countries in the world in 2023.
Let us know more about the happiest countries in the world from a tourism perspective, like the best places to see, things to do, best time to visit, best places to stay, etc.
Finland is one of the few Scandinavian-European nations that is still to get the popularity it deserves. A land of geographical and climatic extremity, Finland dances to its own Nordic beats and is blessed with natural beauty that is beyond anyone’s wildest imagination.
Known for being the best place on earth to witness one of nature’s most magical phenomena – the northern lights, Finland is a treasure trove of many mysterious places. From snowy mountains to glacial lakes and exotic wildlife, and hot natural saunas, there are plenty of places to explore and things to do in Finland.
With so much beauty all around, it is no surprise that Finnish people are happy, and the country is the happiest country in the world.
Anytime is a good time to visit Finland. But you must plan your visit depending on what you are looking for. If you want to see the Northern Lights, the best time to visit Finland is from September to March during the winter season.
The summer is the peak tourist season and it is the best time to enjoy going on a cruise, and indulge in several activities like hiking, fishing in the lakes, and taking part in the local festivals.
Finland has many awesome stay options – from homestays to bed and breakfast and lavish hotels and resorts to suit your taste. If you are looking for a premium stay with luxury amenities, spacious rooms and exquisite dining experiences, you can choose to stay at any of the Club Mahindra partner hotels and resorts that is closest to your current city.
Some of the best option include –
Denmark is a tiny Scandinavian nation that is endowed with some of the most stunning landscapes you can find in the European continent. The wide-open spaces, lush green parks, majestic castles, mediaeval complexes, and a countryside that is pretty as a picture Denmark is a dream destination that would make you fall in love with it instantly.
Once the heartland of the Viking Kingdoms, today, Denmark is considered one of the most important jewels of Europe as it culturally and geographically connects Scandinavia and Northern Europe. Also, rated among the top three happiest countries in the world, as a tourist you would surely love every bit of it and would want to keep backing for more.
The summer months, i.e., from April to November are the best time to visit Denmark; it is also the peak tourist season. The winters here tend to be harsh, but it is a one-of-a-kind experience and has its own charm.
Iceland, apart from being one of the happiest countries in the world, is a land of many mysteries and extremities. It is a place where you can find diamond icebergs and sparkling lavas. There are obsidian beaches and towering mountains. Home to many legendary sites and some hidden gems, this incredible country is an epitome ‘dream’ destination.
The summer months, July and August are the warmest time in Iceland and the best time to visit the country. During these months, you have 24 hours of daylight and even during these months, the weather can be erratic. If you are keen on seeing the northern lights and want to explore the countryside, peaceful September to December would be the ideal time. It is also the best time of the year to visit the Blue Lagoon and it is the off season and you can have a good time, sans the crowd.
The only middle-eastern country to feature among the top 10 happiest countries in the world list, Israel is popular worldwide as it is the hometown of Jesus. A country steeped deep in history; Israel has plenty of historic religious sites that finds its mention in the Holy Bible. As you travel across the country, you will also find many ancient Roman ruins dating back 1000 of years. Not to mention, it is home to some of the best natural landscapes.
Israel is a middle-eastern paradise and although you can visit this beautiful and historical country anytime, the best time to visit Israel is between December and April. During the time of the year, the weather is pleasant and you can explore the places comfortably.
If you want to enjoy the tranquillity of the Dead Sea, November to March would be the ideal time. If you want to experience Israel at its calmest, you must come here between May and September.
Undoubtedly, the crown jewel of Europe, Netherlands is one of the most fascinating holiday destinations in the world. It is a Pandora's box of culture, art, history, heritage, and natural beauty. There is so much to see and do, you would be literally spoiled for choice and fall in love with the country a little more each day as you explore its nook and cranny.
The best time to visit the Netherlands is during the Autumn and Spring seasons. During this time of the year, the whole country has pleasant weather. Also, it is not the peak tourist season, which allows you to explore the popular attraction at leisure and without crowds.
If you are looking to see the famous Dutch Tulip gardens, you must visit during the blooming season, i.e., from March to May.
Whether you are a hardcore adventure enthusiast, a foodie, history buff or a wildlife lover, Sweden promises to offer all kinds of experiences and more. With an endless number of amazing attractions, unspoiled nature, world-class museums, and ever-evolving culinary scene, makes Sweden one of the best destinations to visit in Europe and the world.
June to August
One of the most beautiful countries in the world, Norway's natural landscape is from another dimension. From its beautiful mountains to charming churches and ancient lighthouses, the land spells B-E-A-U-T-Y from every angle and at every turn that will leave you bewildered.
June to August and March to May
Switzerland is known for many classic things that are popular worldwide – watches, chocolates, knives, Alps, cheese and banks. Anything that has Swiss as a prefix has to be the best and elegant, right? Well, it is no surprise that it is one of the most visited and spectacular nations in the European continent.
The stunning Alpine mountains oozing an undeniable romantic charm, the glittering lakes and the picturesque hamlets that seem like they have appeared from a storybook – Switzerland is a metaphor for all fairy tales. The country is full of natural wonders and you can spend a lifetime exploring it yet not have enough of it.
April to June and September to November
Luxembourg is a small nation that is big on natural beauty and its surreal landscapes will you astonished. Luxembourg is replete with beautiful castles and fortresses that have earned a place in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Apart from the stunning monuments, the country also has many bustling cities and quaint hamlets that are equally alluring and worth exploring.
You can visit Luxembourg anytime of the year. But the best months are from June to August.
If there is one word that could describe New Zealand, it would be ‘heavenly.’ It is one of those places on earth that excites all your senses and imaginations at once. A land of mystery, and magical beauty, it is a place where you can enjoy skiing and surfing on the same day. Its geographical diversity is mind boggling to say the least and the humble and friendly locals only add to the country’s charm and make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.
December to March
‘The purpose of life is to be happy,’ said, the spiritual leader, his holiness, Dalai Lama. And what better way to be happy than travelling with your friends and families, and enjoy spending time with them. You can double your happiness by planning a visit to one of these happiest countries in the world and get new experiences that shows you new depths of happiness!
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