Top Happiest Cities in the World: Two Are in Romania


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Cluj-Napoca and Brașov are the first Romanian cities to make it onto the happiness list, according to a study encompassing 250 global locations.

Cluj-Napoca ranks 195th, while Brașov is at 220th. Both cities are recognized for their efforts to improve inhabitants’ well-being.

Cluj-Napoca, located at the heart of Romania, in Transylvania, nested amid mountains and hills, is known for the iconic Untold Festival and also for being the new IT Hub of Romania, its Silicon Valley.


Brasov is also in Transylvania, surrounded by the Carpathians, at the foot of Tampa Mountain. It is mostly known for its cobbled streets and Black Church and it is also the largest city in a mountain resorts area.

The ranking considers five areas directly impacting happiness: citizens, government, economy, environment, and mobility.

The study highlights that happiness varies among cities, depending on the needs of different resident groups, from children and students to professionals and seniors.

Aarhus, Denmark, leads the list, followed by Zurich, Switzerland, and Berlin, Germany.

The top 10 is predominantly filled by cities from Denmark, Switzerland, and Germany, including Copenhagen, Munich, and Geneva. Finland retains its top spot as the happiest country globally, followed by Denmark, Iceland, and Sweden.

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