Move Over, Disneyland: Australia is The Happiest Place On Earth (National Geographic)

For the third year in a row, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Better Life Index survey found Australia to be the happiest of the OECD’s 34 member states – followed by Sweden and Canada. It might seem obvious that Australia’s beaches and sunshine would boost anyone’s mood, but Australia is also home to a growing economy, long average life expectancy, low crime rate, and a minimum wage that almost doubles that of the United States. Contrary to their laid-back reputation, however, Australians are some of the hardest workers in terms of weekly hours. National Geographic describes how this work ethic, along with many other factors, contributes to just how happy Australians are.

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