• Walking through vineyards in Western Australia. Photo credit: Tourism AustraliaWalking through vineyards in Western Australia. Photo credit: Tourism Australia

Study in one of the World’s Happiest Countries

According to the latest World Happiness Report, New Zealand and Australia are the eighth and ninth happiest countries in the World to live in!

The Scandinavian countries have typically always performed well in the Happiness Report, this year the table features in order from 1-10: Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden.

The Happiness Report is published each year by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) to coincide with the UN International Day of Happiness on March 20th. The results are compiled from data gathered by the Gallup World Poll over the two previous years – a sample of approximately 3000 people per country.

The rankings are based on respondent’s answers to the main life evaluation question asked in the poll. This is called the Cantril ladder: it asks respondents to think of a ladder, with the best possible life for them being a 10, and the worst possible life being a 0. They are then asked to rate their own current lives on that 0 to 10 scale.

Want to know more about why these countries are the happiest in the world? You can find out more about how the Happiness Report is compiled on the website here.

Want to study and live in Australia or New Zealand and increase your own happiness? Investigate some of the reasons why people choose to study in Australia or New Zealand on this page, or contact Study Options if you would like to discover the full range of study options available to you.

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