In celebration of International Day of World Happiness, travel guide company Jetpac set out to find the world’s happiest country according to Instagram. Instead of using other measuring gauges, Jetpac used the actual smiles of people around the world to rank the top 122 Happiest Countries in the World. Topping the list was Brazil, but coming close behind at the #6 Happiest Country in the World was Costa Rica. Those who live or travel to Costa Rica know that the Pura Vida way of life will certainly put a smile on your face and now we’ve got the official Instagram ranking to prove it.
The study by Jetpac took image processing of over 150 million Instagram photos and actually measured the size of the smiles on people’s faces from cities all over the world. A pixel count gave each country its Smile Score and Jetpac further equated this with the happiness level of the particular country.
Latin America Tops the List of Happiest Countries in the World
The Jetpac World Happiness study revealed that the happiest countries in the world are concentrated in Latin America. Maybe it’s the abundance of sun and sand or the laidback cultures that permeate most Latin American countries, but in happiness according to Instagram, Latin America and particularly Costa Rica topped the list.
According to the study the least happy countries in the world are Kuwait, South Korea and Japan and the United States came in at #34.
Visit the website for a complete list of Jetpac’s Happiest Countries in the World.