Switzerland is well known for making superior quality watches and clocks. Not only have they been keeping time perfectly for hundreds of years, they’re also great at keeping smiling. Switzerland, according to a 2015 study, is the happiest place to live in the whole world, and it’s not difficult to see why. Who could resist living high up in the mountains,  breathing the crisp, clean air every single day? Switzerland is such a great place that even the flag is a giant plus sign!

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The World Happiness Report studied 158 different countries all around the world. These include many measurements that are considered to measure happiness. This survey centred around the fields of health, psychology, public policy and economics.

They like the good things in life.

It’s little wonder that the Swiss are regarded as one of the happiest nations in the whole world.  Switzerland is reckon to be around about the 8th or 9th richest country in the world. There is a high quality of life in Switzerland. Opulence abounds here. Switzerland has some of the most exclusive ski resorts, frequented by Royalty and the super-rich. Visit and you can stay in one of the luxury Swiss hotels, buy the renowned high-end Swiss watches, and eat in some of the most elegant restaurants in Europe.

They’re Super-Healthy

Switzerland also boasts one of the highest life expectancies. The average Swiss lives to an average 82.8 years old. That’s pretty impressive by anyone’s standards. Living so long may (at least in part) have something to do with the Swiss Healthcare system. This enviable asset is reckoned to be one of the finest health services on the planet.

They’re Very Well Educated

The Swiss are clever. Very clever. More Swiss go to Uni than the majority of countries in Europe. They’ve also produced a ridiculous amount of Nobel prize winners. Twenty-five winners of this prestigious award from a country with a population of around about 8 million? That means it’s one of the highest rates per capita of Nobel Laureates anywhere.

The Chocolate is to Die For.

Swiss chocolate is renowned as one of the finest in the world. For chocolate to be called Swiss, there are rules. The ingredients can have come from other countries, but they must be processed in Switzerland. The pralines and truffles are world famous. Lindt’s chocolate bunny has become an icon of Easter, too.

And Cheese. So MUCH CHEESE.

Home of the fondue. Gooey, sticky, cheesy goodness. The fondue went out of fashion for a while, but now it’s all the rage again. It’s difficult to understand how any cheese could ever go out of fashion, but there’s nothing as strange as people! They’re also the inventors of emmental. Their dedication to cheese is so strong that there is even a museum dedicated to Gruyere.

Who wouldn’t want to visit such a joyous country?  It used to have a reputation for being boring, but how could being this happy be anything but wonderful! If you need cheering up this spring, then maybe it’s time to get smiling in Switzerland.