World’s Happiest Country Is Finland

Finnish This, Finnish That - World’s Happiest Country Is…Finland

Finland - Happy State of Mind


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Year after year, Nordic countries of Europe have consistently topped all the surveys of well-being, happiness, and quality of life which makes it seem like there is something in the water over there, leaving us wondering how we can get that “happy shot” too. The World Happiness Report is an annual survey conducted by United Nations, and it measures how happy people feel where they live and why. This year the throne has been taken by Finland, a beautiful country of fun-loving people living happily in the welcoming and gregarious cities of the European North.

Finland has knocked down Norway from the top where Norwegians were shining all their happiness points in the previous years. Both countries have regularly been sharing the top five of UN’s Report in the past six years, which is how long this report alone has been in existence. If you want to find out why Finland is the place where most people claim happiness, keep on reading.

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What one needs to know about this report is that the World Happiness Report is entirely subjective as it measures happiness only by asking people from over 150 nations how happy they feel. No scientific support will back up the results. Knowing that it’s still fascinating how happy people repeatedly stay happy from one survey to another. Some researchers on this topic came to the conclusion that Danes, Finns, Norwegians, Icelanders, and Swedes might simply expect less than the rest of us, so when their lower expectations are fulfilled, so are they. Some research went deep into looking for a gene that is associated with a good mood and resistance to depression among people of Nordic countries.

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What UN’s Happiness Report uses are factors like economic strength (GDP per capita), social support, life expectancy, freedom generosity, and perceived corruption. One of the report’s new features is data on happiness of immigrants in their host countries. Finland came as the number one home of the happiest immigrants as well which undoubtedly confirms at least some portion of quality of life and wellbeing of the Finnish population of 5.5 million people. In Finland many also praise the system which works well and where people are not “paying their taxes but reinvesting their money in the society”– from free university education, free healthcare, to generous maternity leave and unemployment benefits.

The average Finn is 43-year-old, has 1.73 children, will live to be 80, is very tech savvy (with adding that UN Technology Achievement Index ranked Finland first in the world), and has a welcoming Finnish spirit that ties it all together.

UN’s Happiness Report people from more than 150 countries were asked to answer questions using a scale from 1 to 10. The average result in the country score for Finland was 7.6 while the one for the country of Burundi was 2.9 placing it on the bottom of the UN’s Happiness list. The US came in at 18th place, coming down from last year’s 14th place.