Switzerland: the fourth happiest country in the world

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Finance Center, Life style, What to visit / 16 August, 2022

Karla García Gil Journalist

Being rated as one of the happiest countries in the world is not only because its citizens smile all the time and face life with positivism. The happiest countries go hand in hand with the quality of life they offer.

The ranking of the world’s happiest countries according to the United Nations World Happiness Report 2022, rates 146 countries in the world based on GDP per capita, social support, life expectancy, freedom of choice, generosity and perception of corruption in government and business.

Switzerland thus ranks as the fourth happiest country in the world with a score of 7.512 out of 10. It is one of the most competitive and internationally admired financial centers, not only for its political and social stability, but also economically, as it maintains an uninterrupted AAA credit rating, endorsed by the main risk rating agencies, which reflects the strength of its economy and is a source of confidence for investors. Switzerland is a leader in important rankings worldwide, such is the case of the Global Innovation Index 2021, it also ranks second in the Smart City Index 2021 and number seven of the countries with the least corruption in the world according to the Corruption Perception Index 2021, and, as if that were not enough, it is the third most admired country in the world in Latin America, according to a survey conducted in 2021 by the consulting firms Mosaiclab and Offerwise.

Switzerland thus ranks as the fourth happiest country in the world with a score of 7.512 out of 10.

At the top of the report is Finland. The Finns repeat their position for the fifth consecutive year with a current score of 7,821. 

They are followed by other Nordic countries. Denmark with 7,636 points and Iceland with 7,557, while the Netherlands ranks fifth with 7,415. In Latin America, we can highlight Costa Rica in 23rd place with a score of 6,582. And in Europe, Spain occupies 29th place in the ranking with 6,476 points.

Towards the end of the list, the five least happy countries in the world are Afghanistan, Lebanon, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Botswana. Meanwhile, in Latin America, Venezuela ranked 108th with a score of 4.925, making it the least favored country in the region in the ranking.

The most important advances were led by Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania. Meanwhile, the strongest setbacks occurred in Lebanon, Venezuela and Afghanistan, according to the report, which has been carried out for a decade. 

All indicators place Switzerland in a situation of high stability and high standards. At BBVA, we want to offer the best value to our customers, and we do so in line with this exceptional framework.

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