apparently the key to happiness is to have a long and shitty winter
and if you can’t have that, surround yourself with deadly wildlife
or maybe these countries have free or reasonably priced health care, good education and costs nothing or very little, marriage equality(not all do however on the list but they at least aren’t extremely homophobic either), decent minimum wages, stable economies, low crime rates and so forth and also deadly wildlife because we protect our environment
Countries tend to be happier when there’s less inequality, period. The bigger the gap between the rich and poor, the worse health tends to be, violence tends to be more widespread- every social problem tends to be worse. There’s also a link with how trustworthy people think others are. In Scandinavian countries, something like two thirds of people asked thought that most other people can be trusted. Surprisingly, wealth has little to do with happiness. Environment, on the other hand, actually does.
(Sorry, I’m writing a report on this right now and got v excited.)