The pursuit of happiness is an ongoing journey, but unlocking contentment may come a little easier in some countries. According to the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s 2021 World Happiness Report, certain regions seem to have perfected the recipe for a life well-lived. The survey ranks countries and cities based on quality of life and includes factors like healthcare, education, social support systems, leadership, and access to beautiful natural surroundings.
For many of us, happiness begins at home. Find inspiration for crafting a joy-filled life, and discover luxury living in these five homes in some of the world’s happiest countries.
Ranked at the very top of the World Happiness Report, Finland has plenty to offer its citizens and residents. In addition to excellent education and healthcare systems, Finland is rich in natural beauty that’s primed for outdoor activity. A place like Storms Villa, a fully-renovated five-bedroom home built in the 1970s, is perfect for appreciating the best of the Finnish landscape. Take in fresh air on the property’s 5.5 acres, which features stunning sea views and a private beach, a verdant courtyard for lounging, and multiple terraces, then cap off your day with a restorative session in the sauna and spa.
A single glance at the views from this elegant Swiss condominium is sure to bring joy. Switzerland regularly lands on the list of happiest countries, and its citizens also have one of the world’s highest life expectancies. The Swiss are spoiled with exceptional vistas—mountains cover nearly two thirds of the country—and the opportunities for skiing and hiking that come with them. This condo is perfectly situated for enjoying the charming ski town of St. Moritz, and with a fireplace, sauna, and steam bath, is ready to soothe at the end of a day spent outdoors.
New Zealand’s famed natural beauty, which includes sparkling coastlines and picturesque mountains, plays a large role in the happiness of those who live there—but workplace satisfaction and faith in the country’s government also contributes to its ranking. Embrace the Kiwi lifestyle at Te Manu Tahawai Estate, a seven-bedroom, 9,472-square foot home situated outside of Auckland. The resort-like home is encompassed by greenery and harbor views, and amenities including a beautiful heated pool and spa, astroturf tennis court, boat shed, media room, and sauna offer endless entertainment.
Dutch children are among the happiest in the world, and it seems the adults are too. Sustainability initiatives, education, and healthcare help the Netherlands rank highly for happiness, as does its growth as a tech hub. Located between The Hague and Amsterdam, this 18th-century Nobleman’s house with seven bedrooms is the ideal location for exploring or commuting to either city, and is close to the sea, dunes, and beach. Built in 1740 but renovated in 2021, the home blends authentic historical details with the comforts of modern living, including a heated natural swimming pool and gym.
Let in the natural Northern light and savor Scandinavian life in this modern masterpiece in Stockholm, which also provides serene marina views. Sweden, another Nordic country to consistently top the happiness list, offers residents excellent paid family leave and social support programs, as well as admirable work-life balance—leaving residents time to explore the country’s many forests, lakes, and mountains.
Sometimes a change of location is the key to happiness, and according to the latest World Happiness Report, these five countries are worth the move. With an emphasis on overall wellbeing and a strong connection to nature, consider calling one of these happy places home for a life well-lived.
Health and happiness go hand in hand, and these five homes are perfect for a healthy lifestyle.