From Iceland — What Have We Won?: The 4th Happiest Country, Baby!

What Have We Won?: The 4th Happiest Country, Baby!

What Have We Won?: The 4th Happiest Country, Baby!

Published April 15, 2019

Iceland has the second-highest rate of antidepressant use worldwide, so it’s no surprise that they were also recently named the fourth happiest place on Earth, according to the World Happiness Report, which ranks overall satisfaction based on a country’s GDP, available social support, individual freedom, and other factors. It makes sense—a nation that would choose to send an anti-capitalist BDSM band to Eurovision is clearly one that has got its shit figured out.


This isn’t the first time Iceland has shown its stuff in the happiness category. The country was the fourth happiest in 2018, third happiest in 2017 and 2016, second happiest in 2015, and so on. Basically, ever since the index’s inception, Iceland has been in the top 10. Hey—Iceland may not have smited at the World Cup, but they are killing it in the smiles department.

In conjunction with the report, the Icelandic Directorate of Health revealed that the happiest Icelandic people live in the small southern fishing town of Grindavík. To be honest, it’s a bit of a mystery why, but potentially this is because of the fantastic lobster soup at their local café, Bryggjan. Don’t lie—if you could stuff yourself with delicious lobster soup every day, you’d probably be very happy. That is, unless you’re kosher.

😀 –> D:

Of course now that WOW Air has shut down and tourism is dead and we are all about to lose our jobs, perhaps happiness might decrease. The krónur value definitely will.

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