Want to Visit the Happiest Countries on Earth This Year?

If so, pack your bags for Europe.

When going on vacation, it’s always nice to pick somewhere that’ll make you happy. And what places could make you happier than the happiest countries in the world? As determined by the recently-released World Happiness Report, Finland takes top honors.

Released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations on March 14, 2018’s World Happiness Report sees Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland rounding out the top five happiest countries in the world after the winner, Finland.

The report ranks six key variables that support well-being: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support and generosity.

Report co-editor John Helliwell, a professor emeritus of economics at the University of British Columbia, told CNN, “The top five countries all have almost equally high values for the six factors found to support happiness, and four of these countries -- Denmark, Switzerland, Norway and now Finland -- have been in first place in the six World Happiness Report rankings since the first report.”

Living in this gorgeous place, how could the locals of Lapland, Finland not be happy? Photo: Ethan Hu/Unsplash

The United States, however, dropped four spots from last year, landing in 18th place. Other major world countries who didn’t crack the top 10 rankings include Germany (15th), the United Kingdom (19th), Japan (54th), Russia (59th) and China (86th). People in Burundi are the unhappiest, according to the survey of 156 countries.

The top five happiest countries for 2018 all reside within Europe, which shows that if you want to travel somewhere where you’ll encounter happy locals, it’s most likely somewhere in Europe. Book those tickets to Finland now.

Head here to read the entirety of the 2018 World Happiness Report.

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