Norway Is Now The Happiest Country On Earth, Here Are A Few Reasons Why

Here are 6 reasons why we're packing our bags

It's time to pack your bags and head to Norway, as the Nordic nation claims top prize for the happiest place to live on earth.

According to the United Nation's 2017 World Happiness Report, which measures "subjective well-being" Norway has jumped from fourth place last year to top spot – pipping Sweden, Finland, the Netherlands, Canada and New Zealand to the prized post.

The UN calculates the rankings each year by creating average scores based on six areas for each country: income, life expectancy, social support, generosity, freedom and trust.

"Imagine a ladder, with steps numbered from 0 at the bottom to 10 at the top." The questions asks. "The top of the ladder represents the best possible life for you and the bottom of the ladder represents the worst possible life for you. On which step of the ladder would you say you personally feel you stand at this time?" The average result is the country's score.

So, what's it about Norway that keeps people in such high spirits?

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1 The country is all fjords, mountains and waterfalls

The breathtaking view at Værøy in @Lofoten. Norway is so beautiful! 🇳🇴 Photo by @hilvees #LandscapesOfNorway

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A landscape to be totally and utterly jealous of, don't you agree?

2 Even the cities are beautiful

📷 @neskirimli Location #Bergen #Hordaland Chosen by @amundmaroy #landscapesofnorway

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Little picturesque fishing villages? Totally Instagram worthy, whichever way you look at it.

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3 It's stunning in summer

The most wonderful swing on Earth. Located in Trandal, Norway 🇳🇴 Photo by @kaylapotterbaum #LandscapesOfNorway

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During the summer months, the sun literally does not set.

4 And spectacular in winter

Orcas in Tromsø, Norway 🐋 Photo via @Norge by @tommysimonsenphotography #LandscapesOfNorway

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5 Norwegian landscapes aren't just magical (Frozen was based in Norway)

Camping at Værøy Island 🏕 📷: @zeppaio #norway

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....they're also mind-altering

6 Did we mention the Northern lights?

📷 @seffis Location #Bergsbotn #Troms Chosen by @amundmaroy #landscapesofnorway #Norway #Norge

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 Seriously, is this place even real?

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