Two Irish cities rank among happiest places in Europe

Dublin and Cork have put Ireland on the happy map, ranking in the top 15 happiest places in Europe, according to a new study.

Two Irish cities have been named among the happiest places in Europe.

A brand new study compiled by data analytics firm Stocklytics has revealed the top 15 happiest cities in Europe to visit – and two Irish cities have made the cut!

Both the Irish capital and the so-called culinary capital made it onto the list of happiest places in Europe, giving you even more reason to finally book that long-awaited trip to the Emerald Isle.

With so much to see and do, a vibrant cultural scene, and friendly locals always happy to welcome you with open arms, it should come as no surprise that these two Irish cities rank among the happiest places in Europe.

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Dublin took tenth position on the list of happiest places in Europe.
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Both Dublin and Cork made the list of happiest places in Europe, while Ireland as a whole claimed the title of second most relaxed place to visit.

The study, compiled by Stocklytics, revealed the 15 happiest places in Europe based on “present life satisfaction, daily emotions, and expectations for the future”.

Just making it into the top ten, Dublin nabbed ninth position, while Cork followed not far behind in 12th. So, if you’re looking to visit some of the happiest places in Europe, then a trip to these two Irish cities needs to be on the cards.

Where to visit for good vibes and a good time – the happiest cities in Europe

Cork is one of the Irish cities that ranked on the list of happiest places in Europe.
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Ranking alongside the Irish cities to be named among the happiest places in Europe is the Finnish capital of Helsinki, which took the top spot. With Finland taking the title of happiest country in Europe for the past seven years, this really comes as no surprise.

Just missing out on the top spot, the city of Aarhus in Denmark claimed second place, followed by Zurich in Switzerland. Becoming the second Danish representative on the list, Copenhagen ranked fourth happiest city in Europe.

Closing out the top five, Bergen ranked fifth, closely followed by Oslo in sixth, making waves for Norway as one of Europe’s happiest countries. Staying Scandi, Stockholm followed close behind to rank seventh.

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Helsinki topped the list of happiest places in Europe.
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Ranking just above one of the Irish cities on the list of happiest places in Europe, the city of Reykjavik in Iceland took the eighth spot.

Dublin followed behind in ninth, with Goteborg in Sweden and the UK capital of London coming behind in tenth and 11th. Cork ranked 12th, followed by Paris, Prague, and Brussels closing out the top 15.

The research also unveiled the ‘happiest and most relaxing’ countries to visit in 2024, with Ireland ranking in second place, beaten only by Iceland. Other countries named on the list included Greece, Switzerland, and Spain.

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