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Average life expectancy: 72.98

Nicaragua, where you can go volcano"surfing," achieved a Happy Planet Index score of 57.1 and ranks No. 8 in the world. The beautiful country has been known as a safe haven as crime rates are low, according to The Economist. Tourism and retirement there are also growing. The sense of community in the country is very strong, making people feel secure, connected and friendly.