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The Netherlands among top 5 happiest countries in the world

The Netherlands ranks among the top 5 happiest countries in the world.

Dutch people enjoy a robust combination of higher life expectancy, gross domestic product per capita, social support, generosity, freedom to make life choices and lower perceptions of corruption.

The Netherlands came in fourth place as the happiest country in the world in the 2013 happiness report and one of the happiest places in the Netherlands must surely be the Keukenhof gardens, according to CNN.

The tulip — the happiest and most iconic of Dutch flowers — has already started to bloom at the Keukenhof gardens, which opens March 20 for Holland’s spring season.

Visitors come from all over Europe to see the different varieties of tulips and other flowers. (Make sure to visit before the gardens close on May 18.)

For a more active view of the tulips, take a bike tour through Holland’s flower growing region. Fit travelers can bike the Ijsselmeer tour, which winds through the country for about 400 kilometers (about 250 miles) over eight days. If you don’t want to stay on your bike for a week, there are shorter trips or you can plan your own.

The top 5 happiest countries in the world are Denmark, Norway, Switzerland, Netherlands, and Sweden, and the bottom five are Rwanda, Burundi, Central African Republic, Benin, and Togo.