The Netherlands is world’s fifth happiest country

The UN World Happiness Report 2021 strengthens the Netherlands' reputation for excellent quality of life. 

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Photo: Optimist International School

The UN-sponsored World Happiness Report 2021 has named the Netherlands the fifth happiest nation in the world, up one position on the previous report. Using data collected by Gallup, the study aimed to uncover the effects of COVID-19 on the structure and quality of people’s lives, and to evaluate government strategies on dealing with the pandemic.

In an extraordinary year which saw lives restricted and livelihoods strained, the Netherlands scored highly in measures such as trust in public institutions, mental health and well-being, employment satisfaction and social support.

Finland topped the ranking for the fourth consecutive year, followed by Denmark, Switzerland and Iceland.