Why Australia is One of the Happiest Countries in the World

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Every year, the World Happiness Report draws data from countries all over the world and ranks them – in order of happiness. Countries are measured on factors like living standards, employment rates, access to healthcare and income level.

Australia ranked in the top ten in the 2015 World Happiness Report, published this week by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network. Switzerland was named the world’s happiest country, with several Nordic countries (Iceland, Denmark and Norway) filling the top four. The United States was ranked #15.

When considering the countries that make this year’s top ten, one similarity becomes astonishingly clear: the happiest countries on Earth are not only taking great care of their citizens, but they are also stunningly beautiful places to be. Could it be that the sheer beauty of these countries, Australia included, has something to do with overall happiness?

See for yourself in the images below: this year’s top ten happiest – and potentially prettiest – countries are…

10. Twelve Apostoles in Victoria, Australia.

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9. The Humboldt Mountains, part of the Southern Alps in South Island, New Zealand.

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8. The shimmering Aurora Borealis in Kiruna, Sweden.

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7. An early winter morning in Groningen, The Netherlands.

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6. Winterland Boulevard, a scenic drive in southern Finland.

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5. Crowfoot Mountain in British Columbia, Canada.

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4. Henningsvaer, in Lofoten, Norway.

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3. Copenhagen, in Denmark.

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2. Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon after sunset, in Iceland.

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1. Arosa Bahnhof, in Canton of Graubunden, Switzerland.

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Lisa Nikolau

Lisa Nikolau is a freelance writer who has been specializing in travel, culture and current events since 2012. She currently writes on travel and news related topics for YouTravel.com.au.She has traveled to Peru, throughout west and eastern Europe, and has lived in southern Spain.At the moment, Lisa’s favorite pastimes are learning foreign languages, exploring hiking trails in the Olympic National Forest, and ending the day with friends at one of Seattle’s many microbreweries.