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Happiest Countries to Move to in 2022

21 Apr 2022

Happiest Countries to Move to in 2022
Are you considering a move to a new country, but aren’t quite sure where to go?

Here are the top 5 happiest countries in the world (as rated by the World Happiness Report 2022*), to give you some inspiration. 


1. Finland

Topping the rankings for the fifth year in a row, Finland is officially the happiest country in the world. 

Many things contribute to Finland's triumph including its low levels of crime, high standards of living, relaxed way of life and, of course, its beautiful landscapes. The education system was overhauled a number of years ago and offers fantastic opportunities to its young people. There is also a universal public health care system that is available to all permanent residents. 

A popular saying in Finland is ‘being born in Finland is like winning the jackpot’ -  could you see this country being your new home?


Helsinki Cathedral, Finland


2. Denmark

Danish people have a huge focus on enjoying life with the people you love and the society here allows you to do just that, which is probably why it's one of the happiest countries in the world!

Denmark is also considered to be a very safe country, where children enjoy much more freedom in comparison to other countries with significantly higher levels of crime. If you’re looking for a new location for you and your new family, Denmark could be the place.

Denmark has some of the highest taxes in the world, but the fees paid contribute towards things such as free healthcare, no tuition fees for university students, subsidised childcare and pensions are carers for the elderly. All of this helps ‘level the playing the field’ and means there is a high level of equality. 


Cyclists crossing a bridge in Copenhagen, Denmark


3. Iceland

At number 3 in the happiest country rankings is ‘the land of fire and ice’, with its jaw dropping scenery, emphasis on strong social relationships and access to good quality healthcare and education. Equality is high in Iceland with one of the narrowest gender gaps in the world.  Iceland has a real sense of community, which extends to the immigrant community who report the same levels of happiness as the Icelandic people.

Iceland is a very peaceful country and is the only NATO country with no armed forces. 


The Harpa Opera House, Reykjavik, Iceland


4. Switzerland

Known for its cheese and chocolate, Switzerland is rated the fourth happiest country in the world. With low obesity rates, short medical appointment waits and a sporty, athletic culture, health in Switzerland is important and life expectancy is high. 

Swiss residents enjoy beautiful summers and skiing opportunities in the winter. The weather here allows for lots of fun, outdoor activities.


Aerial view of a village in Switzerland


5. Netherlands 

The Netherlands is another strong contender when it comes to how happy residents are. 

With a strong economy, low sense of corruption and well balanced lifestyles, the Netherlands is a great choice if you’re looking for a happy country to move to. This friendly country has a very modern approach to work-life balance and flexible working is commonplace. This could mean that your working life is transformed if you choose to make the leap to the Netherlands this year.


Canal lined with boats and trees, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Do any of these happy countries appeal to you? Of course, there are many factors to consider when moving to a new country and it is a decision that may take time. 

Moving abroad can be a daunting experience, so why not let us take away some of the stress? Our International Division is highly regarded and will help you with the complete process of moving your belongings, from advice on export packing through to shipping, customs regulations and even help with moving your pets. Get in touch today on 0208 391 8222 to speak to our International moving consultants. 

If you don't think a move abroad is quite right for you, why not explore the UK’s best places to live instead? 2022 could be the start that you’ve been waiting for.