Corlorful houses in Nyhavn, Denmark – Jacob Schjørring & Simon Lau, Copenhagen Media Center

The 10 Happiest Destinations on Earth

In Top Lists by The H4C Team

If you’ve found yourself daydreaming about your next escape, there’s plenty of inspiration in a recent UN quality of life study which looks at the globe’s happiest destinations. Surprise, surprise – Scandinavia and a handful of European countries have made it onto the top 10 list, and Canadians, Kiwis and Aussies are doing okay too, apparently.

It seems a variety of factors like flexible work hours, free healthcare, community spirit and national pastimes have a lot to do with locals being happy, but there’s plenty for travellers to fall in love with too. We’re talking unbelievable scenery, fascinating culture and friendly locals, to name but a few. Here’s a look at the world’s 10 happiest destinations and why you need to go there. Like, now. 

Related article: Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Destinations to Visit in 2017