The world’s 10 happiest countries to put on your travel ‘love list’

Would you visit the places where people are the happiest? As a traveller, this sounds ideal because while every country has its own beauty and hidden gems, it is always the people, to me anywhere, that make or break a trip.

Gåsegangen 14B, 1367 Snarøya, Norway - panoramio
Norway (photo: hh oldman)

This past Spring, Conde-Nast Traveler magazine put together a list of the 10 Happiest Countries in the World. This was based on the United Nations World Happiness Report. I’ve been to many of these countries and read this report when it came out, but after the story appeared in my Twitter feed over the weekend,  I decided to list them here for you, dear reader, to put on your ‘love list.’

Devonport, Auckland 0624, New Zealand - panoramio
New Zealand (photo: John Tripperson)

So if you have not yet visited the happiest places on Earth, get to it!

1 Norway

2. Denmark

3. Iceland

4. Switzerland

5. Finland

6. Netherlands

7. Canada

8. New Zealand

9. Australia


As a Canadian, I am pleased to see Canada on the list. What stands out, though, is the United States is did not make the cut.

If you have a favourite spot in one of these top 10 happiest countries, tell me about it at @Shannon_Skinner.

Love xo


Shannon Skinner is an award-winning television and radio show host and producer, speaker, author and travel writer.  For more information, visit: and ShannonSkinner.comTweet to her at @Shannon_Skinner.



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