Sunniest Countries in the World

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Top sunniest countries in the world

Ranking of the most prosperous sunniest countries

Ranking of the most developed sunniest countries

Ranking of the countries that offer the best life quality

Ranking of the sunniest countries with the freest economies

Ranking of the happiest sunniest countries

Ranking of the most environmentally-friendly sunniest countries

What Are the Top Sunniest Countries in the World?

Below are a few different popular country rankings.

*Note: I consider any overseas territories and regions that fit other requirements (sunshine, temperature, GDP per capita and stability) as a part of the main country.

The United Kingdom includes: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, and Turks and Caicos Islands.

France includes: French Guiana, French Polynesia, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, Réunion, Saint Barthélemy, and Saint Martin.

Netherlands include: Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius, and Sint Maarten.

What Are the Most Prosperous Sunniest Countries?

To create the ranking of the most prosperous sunniest countries, we focus on the top 50 countries in the Legatum Prosperity Index 2019 report. These countries not only offer sunshine, warm temperatures, and stability, but are also ranked highly when it comes to a variety of factors including wealth, economic growth, education, health, personal well-being, and quality of life. Here they are, ordered by their rank in the index.

RankCountryContinentLegatum Prosperity Index Rank
1Netherlands*Europe6
2New ZealandOceania7
3United Kingdom*Europe11
4AustraliaOceania17
5United StatesNorth America18
6France*Europe23
7SpainEurope25
8PortugalEurope26
9ItalyEurope30
10IsraelAsia
(Middle East)
31
11CyprusAsia
(Middle East)
34
12ChileSouth America37
13UruguaySouth America39
14United Arab EmiratesAsia
(Middle East)
40
15GreeceEurope42
16QatarAsia
(Middle East)
43
17MauritiusAfrica44
18SeychellesAfrica48

What Are the Most Developed Sunniest Countries?

To create the ranking of the most developed sunniest countries, we focus on the top 50 countries that are categorized as very high human development countries according to the Human Development Index 2019. This index takes into account life expectancy, education, and per capita income indicators.

RankCountryContinentHuman Development Index Rank
1AustraliaOceania6
2Netherlands*Europe10
3New ZealandOceania14
4United Kingdom*Europe15
5United StatesNorth America15
6IsraelAsia
(Middle East)
22
7SpainEurope25
8France*Europe26
9ItalyEurope29
10CyprusAsia
(Middle East)
31
11GreeceEurope32
12United Arab EmiratesAsia
(Middle East)
35
13Saudi ArabiaAsia
(Middle East)
36
14PortugalEurope40
15QatarAsia
(Middle East)
41
16ChileSouth America42
17BruneiAsia43
18BahrainAsia
(Middle East)
45
19OmanAsia
(Middle East)
47
20ArgentinaSouth America48

What Countries Offer the Best Life Quality?

To create the ranking of countries that offer the best life quality, we focus on the top 50 countries in the Numbeo Quality of Life Index 2020. This index focuses on purchasing power, safety, healthcare, cost of living, pollution index, and more.

RankCountryContinentNumbeo Quality of Life Index Rank
1AustraliaOceania4
2Netherlands*Europe5
3New ZealandOceania8
4United StatesNorth America14
5SpainEurope15
6OmanAsia
(Middle East)
17
7PortugalEurope19
8United Kingdom*Europe20
9QatarAsia
(Middle East)
21
10United Arab EmiratesAsia
(Middle East)
24
11France*Europe26
12Saudi ArabiaAsia
(Middle East)
30
13IsraelAsia
(Middle East)
32
14CyprusAsia
(Middle East)
33
15ItalyEurope37
16GreeceEurope40
17South AfricaAfrica42
18TurkeyAsia
(Middle East)
45
19UruguaySouth America46
20EcuadorSouth America47
21ChileSouth America49
22MexicoNorth America50

What Are the Sunniest Countries With the Freest Economies?

To create the ranking of sunniest countries with the freest economies, we focus on the top 50 countries, classified as “free,” “mostly free,” or “moderately free” in the Index of Economic Freedom 2019. According to the creators of the index, the ideals of economic freedom are strongly associated with healthier societies, cleaner environments, greater per capita wealth, human development, democracy, and the eradication of poverty.

RankCountryContinentClassificationIndex of Economic Freedom Rank
1New ZealandOceaniaFree3
2AustraliaOceaniaFree5
3United Kingdom*EuropeMostly Free7
4United Arab EmiratesAsia
(Middle East)
Mostly Free9
5United StatesNorth AmericaMostly Free12
6Netherlands*EuropeMostly Free13
7ChileSouth AmericaMostly Free18
8MauritiusAfricaMostly Free25
9IsraelAsia
(Middle East)
Mostly Free27
10QatarAsia
(Middle East)
Mostly Free28
11BotswanaAfricaModerately Free36
12Saint LuciaNorth America
(the Caribbean)
Moderately Free38
13JamaicaNorth America
(the Caribbean)
Moderately Free39
14UruguaySouth AmericaModerately Free40
15CyprusAsia
(Middle East)
Moderately Free44
16PeruSouth AmericaModerately Free45
17ColombiaSouth AmericaModerately Free49

What Are the Happiest Sunniest Countries?

To create the ranking of the happiest sunniest countries, we focus on the top 50 countries in the World Happiness Report 2019. This index takes into account: real GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity, and perceptions of corruption.

RankCountryContinentWorld Happiness Report Rank
1Netherlands*Europe5
2New ZealandOceania8
3AustraliaOceania11
4IsraelAsia
(Middle East)
13
5United Kingdom*Europe15
6United StatesNorth America19
7United Arab EmiratesAsia
(Middle East)
21
8MexicoNorth America23
9France*Europe24
10ChileSouth America26
11GuatemalaCentral America27
12Saudi ArabiaAsia
(Middle East)
28
13QatarAsia
(Middle East)
29
14SpainEurope30
15BrazilSouth America32
16UruguaySouth America33
17El SalvadorCentral America35
18ItalyEurope36
19BahrainAsia
(Middle East)
37
20Trinidad and TobagoNorth America
(the Caribbean)
39
21ColombiaSouth America43
22NicaraguaCentral America45
23ArgentinaSouth America47
24CyprusAsia
(Middle East)
49
25EcuadorSouth America50

What Are the Most Environmentally-Friendly Sunniest Countries?

To create the ranking of the most environmentally-friendly sunniest countries, we focus on the top 50 countries in the Environmental Performance Index 2018. This index focuses on environmental health (including air quality and water and sanitation) and ecosystem vitality (including water resources, agricultural sustainability, biodiversity, CO2 emissions, and other factors).

RankCountryContinentEnvironmental Performance Index Rank
1France*Europe2
2United Kingdom*Europe6
3SpainEurope12
4ItalyEurope16
5New ZealandOceania17
6Netherlands*Europe18
7IsraelAsia
(Middle East)
19
8AustraliaOceania21
9GreeceEurope22
10CyprusEurope24
11PortugalEurope26
12United StatesNorth America27
13QatarAsia
(Middle East)
32
14Trinidad and TobagoNorth America
(the Caribbean)
35
15Saint Vincent and the GrenadinesNorth America
(the Caribbean)
36
16SeychellesAfrica39
17ColombiaSouth America42
18Dominican RepublicNorth America
(the Caribbean)
46
19UruguaySouth America47

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