Can you guess which steals the top spot? (Picture: Getty Images)
What makes a city a happy place to live?
Well – according to a new survey from travel company IVisa – life expectancy, the amount of sunshine, hours worked, cost of living and friendliness of locals are the most important factors.
Going off these key elements, IVisa has put together a list of the happiest cities in the world.
So which one came out on top?
Lisbon scooped the top spot (Picture: Getty Images)
It turns out Lisbon ranked the highest with 2,801 hours of sunshine a year and a work week averaging around 31 hours.
Plus, it was named the second friendliest city.
Second on the list was was Barcelona – where people have an average life expectancy of 84 years. What’s more, residents work even less hours than Lisbon (at 30 hours a week) and it was ranked 11th out of 40 for cost of living.
Athens – Europe’s oldest capital – took the third spot and was commended for its ample hours of sunshine and the fact it ranked 3rd for friendly locals.
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Overall, Europe did incredibly well in the ranking – with Rome and Madrid also placing within the top 10.
Sadly, the same can’t be said for the UK – which saw Brighton place at 13 and Cardiff in 19th position.
Sydney, Toronto, San José, Istanbul and Bangkok were the other cities to make it into the top 10.
So, if you’re planning on moving abroad for a year or two, these cities should be top of your list for a cheerful time.
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