Welcome to the happiest place on earth! The Pura Vida vibe of Costa Rica is readily apparent in the smiling faces you’ll meet here and the relaxed, unhurried attitudes you’ll encounter.

The report, which was released in 2009 ranked nations by using a formula for the “Happy Family Index”. The index is based on finding countries with populations of the most content people. The index also ranks countries on environmental policies and impact as well as life expectancy of the general population.

Costa Ricans accounted for the second highest life expectancy of the new world and the highest life satisfaction rate in the world.

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