Discover the happiest countries for people under age 30

13 March 2020, Berlin: The word "Happy" and hearts are attached to the window pane of a restaurant. Photo: Jens Kalaene/dpa-Zentralbild/ZB
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The happiness of the younger generation is a key indicator of a country's prospects in a world that is subject to change.

In the 2024 World Happiness Report, produced by Gallup, the Oxford Wellbeing Research Centre, the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, and the WHR’s Editorial Board, there are fresh insights into where young people under age 30 find their joy. Explore with us as we unveil the top nine countries where youthful spirits soar the highest.

1. Lithuania

Topping the list is Lithuania, a country that has seen its quality of life skyrocket in the past two decades. For instance, in the year 2000, the country's GDP per capita fell below the global average. However, by 2022, Lithuania's GDP per capita has surged to $25,064, marking a substantial increase from the global average of $12,687.Lithuania however, ranks 19th for all ages on the world's happiness ranking.

2. Israel

Despite the challenges faced in recent times, Israel's young population is reported to have high satisfaction levels. Israel's youth remain optimistic about their future amid regional tensions. There is also a strong economy and a culture of innovation. Israel also ranks number 5 for all ages.

3. Serbia

In Serbia, the younger generation discovers happiness amidst a swiftly evolving technological environment, presenting opportunities for novel economic avenues. This stark disparity in happiness between the youth and older demographics is evident in Serbia's 54th position for older age groups on the global happiness scale.

4. Iceland

According to the World Happiness Report, Iceland is the fourth country with the happiest under 30 citizens. Its youth enjoy a high quality of life in a nation known for its stunning natural beauty and strong social welfare system. It's a place where environmental consciousness and happiness go hand in hand. However, it ranks third on the global scale for all ages.

5. Denmark

Denmark consistently ranks high in happiness reports, and its young population is no exception. The Danish model of society provides a balanced approach to work, education, and leisure. It boasts a high minimum wage, high quality of life, and good work-life balance. Recently, Denmark was also ranked as the best country in the world to raise children and be a woman.

6. Luxembourg

According to international surveys and rankings, Luxembourg also ranks among the top 20 nations worldwide renowned for offering an exceptional quality of life. This distinction owes to its picturesque natural landscapes and charming small-town ambience and the country's remarkable safety, political stability, and economic prosperity. Luxembourg ranks 8 for all ages.

7. Finland

Finland, often at the top of happiness rankings, provides its youth with excellent educational opportunities, social security, and a deep connection with nature. On the global happiness scale, Finland tops the chart while it stays at number for its citizens under 30.

8. Romania

Romania's youth are riding the wave of the country's economic growth. With increasing opportunities and a vibrant cultural scene, Romania's young are more content than ever. Living in Romania offers several advantages, including its central location, affordable cost of living, relative safety, and access to high-speed internet.

9. Netherlands

Completing the top nine is the Netherlands, where young individuals flourish within a society celebrated for its openness, tolerance, and progressive problem-solving ethos. In December 2023, the Netherlands was commended for its high-quality education accessible to residents and foreigners.

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