Five Happiest Cities In Europe Revealed

Other | Monday 8th February 2016 | Tom

Last month the European Commision released its yearly survey monitoring the happiness of Europeans across the continent. The survey monitored citizens satisfaction with their local area. Contrary to what you would expect, it is actually the smaller, less populated cities that generally contain a happier population.

Here are the top five:

5) Graz - Austria

64% Very Satisfied 33% Satisfied

The happiest city in Austria, Graz is a cultural hub, boasting some great museums and UNESCO World Heritage status.

4) Zurich - Switzerland

64% Very Satisfied 34% Satisfied

Zurich has a reputation for being a great place to live. The financial centre of Switzerland, Zurich has international appeal and worldwide influence.

3) Reykjavik - Iceland

66% Very Satisfied 31% Satisfied

Reykjavik is the largest city on Iceland and has a reputation for being a particularly safe and tranquil place to live. It is also surrounded by beautiful scenery and hot springs.


2) Copenhagen - Denmark

67% Very Satisfied 28% Satisfied

The second happiest city in Europe is also the second happiest city in Denmark. Copenhagen is becoming a real tourist hotspot, no thanks to its open air weed markets!

1) Aalborg - Denmark

72% Very Satisfied 24% Satisfied

Aalborg is officially the happiest city in Europe. The city boasts a great economy and great facilities, so if you’re looking for that unusual holiday spot then Aalborg is the place!

Honourable Mentions

10) Newcastle - UK

56% Very Satisfied 37% Satisfied

Why aye! Geordies are the 10th happiest people in Europe. Newcastle does have a reputation for buzzing nightlife so maybe it was the ravers who were polled.

11) Belfast - UK

55% Very Satisfied 37% Satisfied

92% of Belfast's citizens are happy with their lives, the second highest percentage in the UK, and with some of the best pubs in the world there is no wonder it is rated so highly.

13) Cardiff - UK

53% Very Satisfied 40% Satisfied

The Welsh capital has undergone a lot of regeneration within the past few years, becoming an ever increasingly popular destination for students. Leading to 93% of people expressing their satisfaction with life in the city.