For the third year in a row, Australia has ranked as the world's happiest country. Sweden and Canada were runners-up, and the United States took sixth place. Many are asking, what makes those "down under" so chipper?
Thank the Australian economy, which deflected most of the recession that hit Europe and the United States. The mining and tourist industries are booming, and the unemployment rate is less than half the European average. Australia's cheery demeanor is also due to the high quality of life enjoyed by its residents, a laid-back attitude, and cleaner, less-polluted cities.