What are the happiest countries in the world? Here’s a list from CNN and a video from the VLOG Channel for Knowledge. Both picked some different places.
Denmark came in first place as the happiest country in the world in the 2013 happiness report and one of the happiest places in Denmark must surely be Tivoli Gardens. One of the world’s oldest amusement parks, Tivoli Gardens will reopen on April 10 for the season to throngs of native and foreign visitors.
Dining in the Norwegian capital city of Oslo will make any gourmand smile with joy. The esteemed Michelin food guide 2014 awarded five stars among four restaurants: Ylajali, Statholdergaarden and Fauna each received one star each, while Maeemo held onto two stars.
The Swiss town of Zermatt and the 200 miles of ski slopes in the region will delight any avid skier. And serious hikers will enjoy the famous Matterhorn. Even in summer the slopes welcome some of the world’s national ski teams to train — and you, on your relaxing vacation.
The tulip — the happiest and most iconic of Dutch flowers — has already started to bloom at theKeukenhof gardens, which opens March 20 for Holland‘s spring season. Visitors come from all over Europe to see the different varieties of tulips and other flowers. (Make sure to visit before the gardens close on May 18.)
Stockholm’s Gamla Stan is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe, and one of the top attractions in the city. After exploring Stockholm’s medieval past, stroll through the city’s Royal National City Park, the world’s first urban national park.
Protecting the land of Banff National Park is one of Canada’s happiest and smartest decisions and it is certainly worth your time to explore on skis. Check out Skoki Lodge to see the first commercial ski lodge built in Canada.
If you want to go off the beaten path in Canada, consider exploring the Haida Gwaii (Islands of the People), formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands and the home of the Haida Nation. Just a two-hour flight from Vancouver, there’s plenty of outdoor activities and exploration of the culture and history of one of Canada’s First Nations.
Of course you should see the Northern Lights and even Santa Claus Village (open year round for your convenience). Want to make your trip to Finland a little more special? How about sleeping in a glass igloo at Kakslauttanen? Enjoy an amazing view of the Northern Lights and a starry sky above in your room temperature two-person igloo. (Toilet included. Showers are in a separate building.)
No one should visit Iceland without taking a dip at the country’s famous Blue Lagoon. The airport bus sometimes even offers paying passengers a stop there on the way to and from the airport, and the waters (and food) are divine. Or make sure you take a soak at any of the county’s other naturally heated swimming pools.
One of the seven natural wonders of the world and a site on the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Great Barrier Reef is a must-see site for any first-time visitor to Australia. The Great Barrier Reef covers 344,400 kilometers in area and includes the largest coral reef ecosystem in the world. Some 600 continental islands, 3,000 coral reefs and about 150 inshore mangrove islands are included in the area. (CNN)