The Top 20 Happiest Countries In The World


While it doesn’t possess many of the social programs or advanced economic status as other countries on this list, Mexico’s citizens are nevertheless immensely happy and content with their lives. This unique country, one that has a rich history dating back thousands years, is home to one of the largest and most populous cities in the world (Mexico City), and the largest Spanish speaking population in the world at 121 million.


This Central American country of 3.6 million citizens comes in at number 15 on our list of happiest countries. Panama is ranked 5th among Latin American countries in terms of the Human Development Index with a GDP per capita of over $21,000. Panama’s scenic and tropical climate no doubt contributes to the happiness of its citizens.

United Arab Emirates

This Middle Eastern country, an amalgamation of 7 separate Emirates, is comprised of 9.2 million citizens and comes in at number 14 on our list. Established in 1971, the U.A.E. boasts one of the highest GDPs per capita in the world thanks to its large oil reserves and focus on tourism. The U.A.E. has made huge investments in order to diversify itself from being solely an oil exporter – which includes being home to the tallest building in the world: the Burj Khalifa.

New Zealand

Is it any wonder that this South Pacific island is one of the happiest places on Earth? Found 900 miles east of Australia in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, you might think New Zealands citizens would feel a little isolated – but far from it. A part of the United Kingdom, having been settled by British colonists in the 1800’s, New Zealand boasts a beautiful climate, sea breezes, scenic beaches, and a GDP per capita of over $47,000. Is it any wonder New Zealanders are so happy?