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Denmark has the happiest workforces in the world

According to this year's Global Workforce Happiness Index, Denmark has the happiest and most loyal workforce on the planet.

The Global Workforce Happiness Index by Universum measures what motivates young professionals the most. And why talent in one country appears to be happier and more loyal that of its neighbor?

Universum has completed one of its largest studies to date, this time concentrating on establishing which country has the most satisfied and loyal workerforce in the world. More than 200,000 young professionals in 57 markets participated in the survey for this research, which was carried between September 2015 and September 2016. 

The happiness index is an indicator for employers to understand the broader context they are operating in, helping them understand where they need to emphasize aspects of work culture to attract or retain talent. 

The top ten is dominated by countries from Western Europe, more specifically the Nordics, with Denmark’s workforce taking this year’s top spot, however in third place tucked between Norway and Sweden, Costa Rica has this year’s third most happy and loyal workforce. Austria’s workforce stand at number five followed by the Netherlands, Finland and Belgium in eighth place. In ninth place, Hungary’s workforce represent Eastern Europe’s happiest workforce, followed by the Czech Republic.

Germany and Switzerland stand at eleventh and twelfth place respectively, followed by Mexico which represents North America’s happiest workforce. Romania and Bulgaria sit in front of France in sixteenth place followed by APAC’s highest entrant, Singapore. Spain’s workforce stand in eighteenth place, followed by South America’s happiest workforce Colombia, who are closely trailed by neighbor Brazil in twentieth place.

For the workers in Denmark, the main factor driving the score to the top is the improved work-life balance you find in Denmark.

Here are the top 57 countries:


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