By Alison Mango
A recent United Nations study named Denmark the happiest country in the world—and citizens of the Scandinavian nation have their bicycles to thank for that.
The World Happiness Report, conducted by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network, ranks countries based on factors such as GDP per capita, life expectancy, freedom, social support and countrywide generosity.
Forbes estimates that cyclists in the Danish capital of Copenhagen—where half the population bikes to work or school—save taxpayers about $34 million each year by reducing air pollution, traffic congestion, and wear and tear on infrastructure. Additionally, all that cycling helps increase the Danes’ fitness levels and lifespan.
For more details on the report, visit the Huffington Post.