Are there countries where expats are more likely to be happy? According to the UN 2022 World Happiness Report, which ranks countries around the globe depending on their citizens’ sense of well-being, there certainly are. What if happiness was a development indicator, just like GDP? Though population well-being positively influences a country’s growth, measuring it is tricky… Where are people most likely to be happy?
According to the 2022 World Happiness Report, Northern Europe is the happiest place on earth. Out of the 146 ranked countries, the ten happiest nations are the following:
The study also reveals that well-being inequality has generally increased since 2011, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America, and South and South-East Asia.
Can one really objectively measure the well-being of a country’s population, knowing that criteria for happiness may vary between individuals and across cultures? Attempts to identify appropriate criteria for assessing a population’s quality of life and well-being are becoming more and more frequent. The UN has identified six criteria:
GDP per capita,
healthy life expectancy,
freedom from corruption,
The OECD also has studied the factors determining happiness, in particular by creating a Better Life Index which allows the user to view and compare 80 indicators of better living in the 37 OECD countries and 4 partner countries. 11 dimensions are analysed:
income and wealth,
work and job quality,
knowledge and skills,
quality of the environment,
Does the list of happiest countries match the list of countries where workers are most likely to be fulfilled? In the Human Capital Index 2020, the World Economic Forum measures the level of human capital that a child born today is likely to achieve by the time they are eighteen years old across 174 countries according to several criteria, such as survival, education, and health.
The ten countries with the highest rankings are:
There are only 3 countries in this ranking that are in the list of the happiest countries in the world...
Life as an expat can be very stressful, made worse by pressuring ourselves to be productive all the time. In reality, this is not realistic.
The busy nature of everyday life can make it difficult to remain healthy, leaving a lack of motivation for activities like exercising and getting an adequate amount of sleep.
Work and life stress can make expats feel exhausted, often pushing to achieve everything all at once and putting pressure on themselves to always perform at their highest.
Many people choose to travel by train across Europe because it’s easy, comfortable and, in many cases, saves on the extra charges for luggage. Over 600,000 people choose to use one such service, InterRail, each year alone.