When you go on one of our Northern Lights holidays, you won’t only get to see the spectacular aurora – you will also get to sample the cultures, activities and traditions that have made countries like Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Sweden and Canada rank amongst the happiest places in the world according to the official World Happiness Report!

The happiest countries in the world

The World Happiness Report measures the state of global happiness with six key metrics: GDP, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, generosity and trust. Six of our holiday destinations can be found in the top 10 – including Norway at number one. Join us as we explore how these holiday destinations rank in even more depth.

The Top 10 Happiest Countries

  1. Norway
  2. Denmark
  3. Iceland
  4. Switzerland
  5. Finland
  6. Netherlands
  7. Canada
  8. New Zealand
  9. Australia
  10. Sweden

The top ten features six of our holiday destinations: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. These are the final rankings based on all six metrics; where all of the Nordic nations rank very highly.

Our Destinations by GDP

  • Norway – 6th
  • Sweden – 13th
  • Denmark – 18th
  • Iceland – 19th
  • Canada – 20th
  • Finland – 22nd

Gross domestic product is the indicator of a nation’s wealth and is measured in terms of purchasing power parity. Our destinations are all clustered around the top 20, but the highest country in this category is Qatar.

Our Destinations by Social Support

  • Iceland – 1st
  • Denmark – 3rd
  • Finland – 6th
  • Norway – 7th
  • Canada – 17th
  • Sweden – 18th

Social support is a metric that measures whether people have someone to count on in times of trouble and is a good indicator for the strength of community with a nation. Iceland takes the first place, with all of our other destinations once again in the top 20.

Our Destinations by Healthy Life Expectancy

  • Canada – 14th
  • Iceland – 15th
  • Sweden – 16th
  • Finland – 25th
  • Norway – 28th
  • Denmark – 31st

Life expectancy is one of the easiest metrics of happiness to understand and is closely linked to a nation’s GDP. The top spot this time goes to Singapore.

Our Destinations by Freedom to make Life Choices

  • Norway – 2nd
  • Iceland – 4th
  • Denmark – 5th
  • Finland – 7th
  • Sweden – 9th
  • Canada – 10th

Personal freedom is a point where our destinations shine strongest. All of our destinations are comfortably within the top ten, although the number one spot in this case goes to Uzbekistan.

Our Destinations by Generosity

  • Iceland – 11th
  • Canada – 15th
  • Sweden – 24th
  • Norway – 26th
  • Denmark – 29th
  • Finland – 71st

Generosity is measured by recent donations to charity. Myanmar are at the top here, with the results showing a much wider spread of variance amongst our destinations than for any other metric.

Our Destinations by Trust

  • Denmark – 4th
  • Sweden – 5th
  • Finland – 7th
  • Norway – 11th
  • Canada – 15th
  • Iceland – 39th

Trust is measured as the perceived absence of corruption. Singapore comes in first again here while all of our destinations are in the top 20 except for Iceland.

You Can Visit the Happiest Countries in the World
Off The Map Travel create truly tailor-made luxury holidays to the happiest countries in the world, where you can go whale watching, see the northern lights and enjoy other exciting activities. Our travel specialists are always on hand to discuss your dream vacation package. Simply call us on 0800 566 8901 or get in touch!

Read the full World Happiness Report 2017 at http://worldhappiness.report