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The 10 Happiest Countries To Study At Business School In 2019

We round up the countries where you’ll be happiest studying at business school based on the UN’s World Happiness Report

Wed Mar 20 2019

There is a significant body of research into the role of happiness not only in making our lives better, but in making us more successful.

The stress of an MBA or master’s coursework load can be intense. And this stress can be compounded by the pressure of taking on student debt, the pressure associated with finding a job, and in some cases the move to a new country.

Where you study can influence your overall mental health during the rigors of an MBA or master’s degree, and your ability to get the most out of the experience. While overall happiness by country is not the only factor you should look at when choosing where to study, its useful to be aware of how citizens experience life in different countries.

Enter: The UN’s World Happiness Report which ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. Citizens report on GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, and the...

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The US didn’t make the cut of the world’s top 10 happiest countries. It came in at number 19, with its lowest happiness score since the index began in 2005 (6.892 out of 10). The happiest country won the title for the second year in a row.

Here’s the 10 happiest countries to study at business school in 2019:

10. Austria

Happiness score: 7.246 (out of 10)

Key Industries: Tourism machinery, metallurgical products and textiles 

Notable business schools: WU Executive Academy

9. Canada

Happiness score: 7.278 (out of 10)

Key industries: Services, Petroleum, oil and natural resources, automobile and aircraft manufacturing, logging and fishing

Notable business schools: University of Toronto: Rotman, McGill University: Desautels, Western University: Ivey

8. New Zealand


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Happiness score: 7.307 (out of 10)

Key industries: The Agricultural and horticulture sectors, mining, and fishing.

Notable business schools: University of Otago Business School, The University of Auckland Business School

7. Sweden


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Happiness score: 7.343 (out of 10)

Key industries: motor vehicles, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, industrial machines, precision equipment, chemical goods, home goods and appliances, forestry, iron, and steel

Notable business school: Stockholm School of Economics

6. Switzerland



Happiness score: 7.480 (out of 10)

Key industries: Pharmaceuticals chemicals, machinery and electronics, precision tools, watches, jewelry

Notable business schools: IMD Business School, University of St Gallen, HEC Lausanne

5. Netherlands

Happiness score: 7.488 (out of 10)

Key industries: agriculture, creative industries, chemicals, energy

Notable business schools: Rotterdam School of ManagementNyenrode Business UniversiteitMaastricht School of Management, Tias Business School, Tilburg University

4. Iceland



Happiness score: 7.494 (out of 10)

Key industries: Tourism, manufacturing, fishing

Notable business school: Reykjavik University School of Business

3. Norway



Happiness score: 7.554 (out of 10)

Key industries: Petroleum, natural gas, shipping, fishing

Notable business schools: BI Norwegian Business School, NHH Norwegian School of Economics

2. Denmark

Happiness score: 7.600 (out of 10)

Key industries: Manufacturing, agriculture, tourism

Notable business school: Copenhagen Business School

1. Finland


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Happiness score: 7.769 (out of 10)

Key industries: electronics, machinery, vehicles, forestry, chemicals

Notable business schools: Aalto University, Hanken School of Economics