When you hit the road on business, isn’t it nice to land in a place where everyone seems happy? It makes the trip so much easier- you feel more productive, content and engaged in your surroundings. Being in a happy city makes you want to invite someone special to join you when your trip is over to enjoy a long weekend–or longer!
So where are these happy cities? Most of them are in northern Europe, according to the new UN “World Happiness Report 2013,” an exhaustive study that ranks the happiest cities in the world, based on factors such as income, social support, life expectancy, freedom to make life choices and perceptions of corruption. The UN says that many world leaders are now talking about the importance of well being as a guide to how they govern their countries.
The top five happiest countries in the world are Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Netherlands and Sweden. Canada is the sixth happiest. The US ranks 17th. The least happy countries are all in Africa. The unhappiest country (ranked 156) is Togo, followed by Benin, Central African Republic, Burundi and Rwanda.
Do you have trips planned for any of the top 20 happiest countries? Lucky you!
Chris McGinnis is Best Western’s travel trends expert and business travel blogger on youmustbetrippin.com