What the World's Happiest People Eat Every Day
This story originally appeared on FoodandWine.com.
There are few experiences in life that contribute more to personal happiness than eating delicious food. Of course, a nation's happiness is not measured on food alone. However, with the release of the 2017 World Happiness Report, we decided to take a look at what people are eating in the countries ranking at the top of the list.
Here's a look at the best food found in each of the world's 10 happiest countries.
Norway, home to some of best smoked salmon on Earth, claimed the top spot as the happiest country in the world, which is undoubtedly due (we're assuming) to the ubiquitous fish being a staple of the Norwegian diet. Although gravlaks, which translates to "buried salmon," isn't technically smoked, it is cured in a mix of salt, sugar and dill for 24 hours, giving it the distinct flavor that is synonymous with the world's happiest country.
There are open faced sandwiches and then there are smørrebrød, Denmark's signature lunch staple. The name of the sandwich itself comes from the words for butter (smør) and bread (brød), two ingredients that create the base for any and all smørrebrød you might come across in Denmark. The sandwiches themselves are designed to look as good as they taste and common toppings might include local cheese, smoked fish or pickled vegetables.
You might not believe it, but Iceland takes hot dogs very seriously. In a country where the options for prepared food items can often times be severely limited, the local hot dog stand can be a god send for locals and visitors alike. The sausages themselves are made with a blend of lamb, pork and beef and have natural casings, offering that classic snap missing from most mass produced hot dogs found elsewhere. Besides the quality though, it's the toppings that make the Icelandic hot dog so good, including ketchup, sweet mustard, fried onions, raw onions and a remoulade sauce that is made with mayo and sweet relish.
We're a little surprised that Switzerland didn't land the number one spot on the world's happiest list since one of their most famous foods, raclette, is literally cheese that you grill until it melts and then scrape onto your plate. Traditionally served with boiled potatoes, pickled vegetables and charcuterie, raclette is just one more reason for Swiss happiness, along with relaxed banking laws and Roger Federer, of course.
Finland is a cold, dark country stuck uncomfortably close to Russia, so how did they end up being named the fifth happiest country on Earth? the Karelian pasty, the Fins' take on the elongated, open-faced hand pie, might have had something to do with it. Traditionally made with a rye or wheat crust, karelian pasties are filled with rice or mashed potato and then covered with a mix of egg and butter (munavoi) while still hot. If there's one Traditional Specialty Guaranteed (TSG) staple that brings a smile to any and all Fins, it's definitely Karelian pasties.
For the whole list, see the original article at FoodandWine.com.