Fancy studying in one of the top 10 happiest countries in the world? (Issue 8, 2013)

HappyAustralia has made the top 10 list of the happiest countries in the world in a survey conducted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

The 2013 World Happiness Report ranked 156 countries around the world based on their cheerfulness. Denmark came out on top with a rating of 7.693 out of 10, followed by Norway (7.655), Switzerland (7.650) and the Netherlands (7.512). Australia was ranked number 10 on the list at 7.350, followed by Israel and Costa Rica.

The survey was conducted between 2010 and 2012 and is the second of its kind released by a team of researchers including John F. Helliwell of the University of British Columbia and Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and Richard Layard from the London School of Economics.

They used data from the Gallup World Poll to rank the countries on 'happiness' topics including life expectancy, freedom to make life choices and social support.

The authors encouraged a higher spend on mental illness, which was found to be the biggest "determinant of misery" around the world.

La Trobe University is committed to the health and wellbeing of its students. And we understand that international students can face unique difficulties during their time abroad. International Student Services offers a comprehensive suite of offerings and programs to ensure each student has access to help if they need it.

Community engagement, volunteering, programs and activities are only some of the ways we try to maintain the wellbeing of our international students. We also offer the following services:

  • individual student appointments
  • assistance to sponsored students
  • advice on academic expectations
  • information for Muslim students
  • the International Student Advisory Network (ISAN) – dedicated to improving communication within the University around issues affecting international students
  • the International Student Barometer (ISB) – a survey for international students to comment on services we offer.

La Trobe International also recently partnered with the La Trobe Student Union’s Theatre and Film department on a play that demonstrates the hardships some international students can face. We are currently using this performance as an education tool to staff and students to outline the unique plight of international students in Australia.

The top 10 happiest countries:

  1. Denmark (7.693)
  2. Norway (7.655)
  3. Switzerland (7.650)
  4. Netherlands (7.512)
  5. Sweden (7.480)
  6. Canada (7.477)
  7. Finland (7.389)
  8. Austria (7.369)
  9. Iceland (7.355)
  10. Australia (7.350)