It’s hard to measure
happiness, as sometimes it’s made up of the little things that don’t show up on
charts and scanners. But we humans love a challenge. And so every year we
publish The World Happiness Report — a measure of happiness published by the United
Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network and prepared by a group of
independent experts. It’s based on decades of economic, sociological, and
psychological research. But we at Bright Side noticed that among the top ten of
the happiest countries there are those that aren’t listed among the coziest
corners of the world. Maybe it’s all about being surrounded by impossible
beauty and looking at the bright side of life?
place — Sweden
The land of snow-covered
forests, the Northern Lights and magnificent castles.


place — Australia
It seems that you’ll need a
lifetime to see all there is to see in Australia. And that’s not counting the
Great Barrier Reef and amazing sights that you won’t find on any other
place — New Zealand
Ever since ’The Lord of the
Rings’ movies came out, everyone knows that New Zealand is the most
breathtaking place out there. Both here and in Middle-Earth, so you know it’s
serious. Locals pay for the scenery with constant earthquakes, but those
tourists who make the trip anyway can’t help but fall under this country’s

place — The Netherlands
The Netherlands is the country
of windmills, cute little sheep, tulips, bicycles and canals.

place — Canada
Fringed with rivers and bays,
the land of Canada seems to have been specially designed for photoshoots.
National parks, hanging bridges, random bears, Niagara Falls — something will
always catch your eye.

place — Finland
The home of Santa Claus and
the Moomins. The harsh yet beautiful nature of this country has given birth to
some of the cutest and funniest fictional characters ever.

place — Norway
Here you’ll find plenty of
grim romance, fjords, ice and the Northern Lights. This is the most ’heroic’
country out there. Vikings and Valkyries are born in Norway, longing for
dangerous and glorious adventures.

place — Iceland
The local landscapes are so
unusual that you can easily shoot sci-fi movies here without any CGI.

place — Switzerland
Romantic alpine slopes provide
a gorgeous backdrop for those who live here. This is Europe’s most mountainous
country. And of course, in Switzerland they make world-famous chocolate, which
is known for its ability to make people happy.


place — Denmark
Elegant lakes with sandy
beaches, toy-like farms and ancient castles — all of this is Denmark, the
happiest place on Earth.

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.