New Zealand has ranked 10th happiest country in the world, according to the 2023 World Happiness Report, ranking above Australia, (12th), the US (15th) and the UK (19th).
New Zealand’s high ranking in the 2023 World Happiness Report can be attributed to a range of factors, including strong social support, environmental sustainability, economic prosperity, individual freedom, and work-life balance.
The country’s commitment to social support is reflected in its well-established healthcare system, public education system, and a range of social programs that aim to support those in need. This has created a sense of community and solidarity that is essential for promoting happiness and well-being.
New Zealand’s focus on environmental sustainability is also a significant factor, with the government taking steps to protect the environment and reduce carbon emissions. This has resulted in a high quality of life for citizens, with access to clean air and water, and opportunities for outdoor activities.
The country’s robust economy, low unemployment rate, and high standard of living are also key contributors to its high ranking. These factors allow for economic stability and prosperity, which in turn support the happiness and well-being of citizens.
New Zealand’s commitment to individual freedom is another important factor, reflected in policies such as legalizing same-sex marriage, decriminalizing abortion, and implementing strict gun control laws. These policies create a sense of safety and security that is essential for promoting happiness and well-being.
In addition to this, New Zealand has a strong culture of work-life balance, supported by policies that promote flexible working arrangements and family-friendly work environments. The city of Auckland, in particular, is known for its high quality of life, stunning natural beauty, and thriving arts and culture scene. It has been named one of the best cities in the world by Forbes magazine.
Source: World Happiness Report