It’s that time of year again (don’t worry, it’s not Christmas just yet), World Smile Day!
On the first Friday of October, we all get an excuse to walk around with a huge grin on our faces all day.
So, in honour of this, it’s time to look at some of the happiest countries in the world, from scenic Norway to super-cool Sweden.
Which would make you smile?
Denmark – Since the 1970s, Denmark has been named the happiest country in the world and, with a capital city as beautiful as Copenhagen, it’s easy to see why. The Tivoli Gardens amusement park, found in the centre of the city, has brought enjoyment to millions of thrill seekers for over 100 years! The theme park, which is the second oldest in the world, has everything from bumper cars to scary rollercoasters; the floorless Dæmonen ride reaches speeds of 48 mph! Alternatively, if relaxation is what makes you smile, just head to Billund, which is found in the southern region of Denmark where you’ll find a stunning coastline as well as natural woodland areas, all of which create the ideal setting for a peaceful stroll.
Smile fact: Women smile more than men.
Norway – Norway is a beautiful country and ranks as the second happiest in the world. With rich culture, breath-taking natural attractions and fascinating architecture, this Scandinavian country is a recipe for cheesy grins! Most people (myself included) consider Norway a cold destination, when in actual fact, during the summer months the temperatures here can reach highs of 30°C. One of the most famous Norwegian attractions are the Northern lights, a natural green light display in the sky, caused by a collision of particles and atoms… we’ll leave it there on the science front, I think. The Northern Lights are an amazing sight to the naked eye and they make a great photo opportunity – the memories will make you smile for years to come.
Smile fact: Smiles use between five and 53 facial muscles.
Switzerland – Switzerland is a country that’s well known for its ski slopes, delicious chocolate and its most famous sports star, Roger Federer. Skiing is great fun (plus exercising releases happy endorphins), so the popular ski slopes of St Moritz will be full of happy campers carving up the piste. Chocolate also makes a lot of people very happy, it certainly puts a smile on my face. Some of its finest has been produced from Switzerland, and in my opinion, none better than Lindt. If you’re a chocoholic, then a visit to the Lindt chocolate factory in Zurich is a must, an ideal chance to get some delicious freebies! Finally, Roger Federer, who’s an ambassador of Lindt chocolate, is a true tennis champion who certainly brings a lot of joy to his home nation. When not travelling the globe, he resides in a peaceful village in Switzerland called Valbella.
Smile fact: Smiling is contagious.
The Netherlands – With a collection of appealing cities, it’s easy to see why The Netherlands has made it onto the happy list. Its capital, Amsterdam, gives you plenty of reasons to smile, some of which we shall not mention, but I’m sure you know what we’re talking about. What we can tell you is that the boat rides along the canals are very enjoyable and allow you to see “Dam” in all its glory. There are also plenty of attractions such as the iamsterdam sign, an iconic photo spot. The Netherlands’ “second city” is Rotterdam, an energetic city with a diverse community. It’s well-known for its fantastic architecture, in particular the Erasmus Bridge which has an unusual swan-like appearance.
Smile fact: There are 19 different types of smiles.
Sweden –Sweden has given us a lot of things to smile about, such as the shopping outlet H&M, Ikea and its incredible cities! One of which is Stockholm, Sweden’s capital, found on the east coast, it provides striking views over the Stockholm archipelago, a cluster of small islands that surround the mainland, which over time have become a popular attraction. For fantastic panoramic views, climb the city hall tower where you’ll feel on top on the world. To round it off nicely, the locals are very charming.
Smile fact: You’re more likely to get a promotion if you smile often.
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