The World’s Happiest country is determined by a World Happiness Report by the UN. The report will determine the happiest country by respondents rating the quality of life in the country they reside in. The rankings are also a representation of how the economy is functioning in general. Recently, the report for the year 2022 was released and the public has their opinions about it.

Thus, Real Research — the online survey app, launched a survey on the world’s happiest country for 2022. Specifically, the survey aims to find out public opinion on what the public has to say about the happiest countries, contributions to happiness, etc. Here are the results.


  • 45.92% would like to live in Finland
  • 39.75% say a corruption-free government contributes to citizens’ happiness index
  • 85.20% feel that the financial power of the country can affect the happiness of its people

The Majority Would Like To Live in Finland

The survey starts by asking if respondents are aware of the World’s happiest country or the global happiness index. Here, 85.96% say ‘yes’ while 14.04% say ‘no’.

Figure 1: Happiest countries respondents would like to live in

Next, the survey asks which of the top 20 happiest countries in the world would respondents like to live in. In response, the majority (45.92%) chose Finland, 11.05% chose Switzerland, and 8.57% chose Denmark. Moreover, 6.05% chose Iceland, 3.10% chose Canada, 2.97% chose the USA, and 2.75% chose the Netherlands. Additionally, 2.72% chose Norway, 2.49% chose Sweden, and 2.33% chose New Zealand.

Respondents on the Accuracy of the Ranking

Further on, the survey asks respondents whether the ranking in the previous question is accurate. To this, the majority of 48.84% feel the ranking is ‘absolutely’ right. Meanwhile, 36.79% feel it is fairly accurate and 14.37% believe the ranking is not at all accurate.

Ranking accuracy of the World Happiness Report
Figure 2: Ranking accuracy of the World Happiness Report

Based on the report, respondents also answer whether they believe the happiest countries in the world really are the happiest. A majority of 57.85% said ‘definitely yes’ while 28.15% say ‘somewhat likely’. However, 14.03% feel these countries are not really the happiest.

Most Feel Trustworthy Governments Contribute to ‘Happiness’

Additionally, the survey asks respondents what contributes the most to people’s happiness index. The majority (39.75%) say a trustworthy government contributes to the happiness index. Moreover, 19.29% suggest the country’s economic success.

Figure 3: Respondents on contributions to the happiness index

On the other hand, 13.94% say a comfortable standard of living contributes to the happiness index. And a further 5.88% suggest universal health care, while 4.81% suggest free education. Lastly, 4.36% feel a balanced work and personal life, and 2.27% suggest safer societies (low crime rates).

To conclude, the survey asks respondents whether the financial power of a country affects the happiness of its people. On this, 85.20% believe that financial power affects happiness, however, 14.80% do not believe so.


Survey TitleSurvey on the Worlds Happiest Country for 2022
DurationApril 18 – April 25, 2022
Number of Participants50,000
DemographicsMales and females, aged 21 to 99
Participating Countries Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, China (Hong Kong) China (Macao), China (Taiwan), Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Gambia, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Greanada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Malaysia, Maldives, Maluritania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar [Burma], Namibia, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Panama, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Yemen, Zimbabwe.