According to the 2019 Happiness Report, the Nordic countries are still on the lead when it comes to the happiest countries in the world. Finland is on the top of the list, followed by Denmark, Norway and Iceland. Other countries with positive feelings are The Netherlands (5th), Canada (9th) or the United Kingdom (15th).
However, opposing to the main thought that a country’s happiness has to do with its wealth, the results of the report show other major reasons leading to it: corruption levels, freedom to make life choices, life expectancy, social support and generosity also play a decisive role in a country’s well-being.
When it comes to Austria, it is the 10th happiest country. Among the different topics researched, the respondents highlight the social support, followed by the GDP per capita, the healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices and generosity. Spain is quite lower on the ranking, remaining on the 30th position and ordering the different categories just as Austria.
Therefore, as it can be seen, both countries don’t place money as the major reason for their happiness. And it is a tendency that other countries follow, like Finland, Norway or Ireland.
For more information about the research: https://s3.amazonaws.com/happiness-report/2019/WHR19.pdf