Spain, Netherlands, Belgium or Finland? (2024)

Spain, Netherlands, Belgium or Finland? (2024)
Spain, Netherlands, Belgium or Finland? (2024)

Every year around the International Day of Happiness, the United Nations (UN) publishes the World Happiness Report. This is a ranking list of 143 countries that looks at the extent to which the residents of those countries are happy. Spain has fallen again on the list in terms of happy inhabitants in 2024 and scores worse than the Netherlands and Belgium, while Finland is consistently at the top.

According to the eleventh World Happiness Report According to the UN, Spain ranks 36th out of the 143 happiest countries, 4 places lower than in 2023 when Spain was still in 32nd place (and in 2021 even 29th place). Finland managed to dethrone Norway as the happiest country in 2018, while the Netherlands finished one place lower in 6th place in 2024 and Belgium is in 16th place, one place higher.

Six factors are taken into account to determine whether a country’s residents are happy: gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy at birth, freedom to make life choices, generosity, and perceptions of corruption.

A thousand residents were surveyed in each country and for the sixth time in a row, Finland ranked first as the happiest country in the world! According to the official report, Spain ranked thirty-sixth, the Netherlands sixth and Belgium sixteenth.

The article is in Dutch


Tags: Spain Netherlands Belgium Finland


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