Finland is world’s happiest country

Finland is world's happiest country


Finland is world’s happiest country

The US continues to lose it’s rankings as it’s plagued with a pandemic, no, not the coronavirus, but an obesity pandemic. In addition to this, it seems to be suffering from a substance abuse and depression crisis. Is it any wonder than it keeps slipping in the ranks and nordic countries such as Finland keep taking the top spot.

The study reveals the US has slipped to 18th place, five places down in 2016. The top four places are taken by Nordic nations, with Finland followed by Norway, Denmark and Iceland.

Burundi which is in East Africa takes the pie for being the unhappiest nation in the world.

The UN placing is the latest accolade for Finland, a country of 5.5 million people that only 150 years ago suffered Europe’s last naturally caused famine. The country has been ranked the most stable, the safest and best-governed country in the world. It is also among the least corrupt and the most socially progressive. Its police are the world’s most trusted and its banks the soundest. Read more

What is Finland known for?

The Finns love to get hot and steamy in saunas – with an estimated 3.3 million, there are enough steam rooms for more than one every other person

-They have the most metal bands per capita. The most famous include HIM, Nightwish and Children of Bodom
-From Lapland, you can see wild reindeer, the Northern Lights and if you are lucky Santa Claus
-The country’s most famous exports include the cartoon characters called Moomins and the mobile gaming app Angry Birds

The survey ranks some 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 by the happiness of their immigrants. Read more


Finland is world’s happiest country; Time For the US to Take Heed

The report evaluates six variables: GDP (or gross domestic product) per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption and generosity. Most of the top 10 countries are social democracies, which “believe that what makes people happy is solid social support systems, good public services, and even paying a significant amount in taxes for that,” Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University and an editor of the report, tells Astor. This political philosophy, he adds, is very different from that of the United States.

“Happiness can change, and does change, according to the quality of the society in which people live,” the authors of the report added. “The countries with the happiest immigrants are not the richest countries, but instead the countries with a more balanced set of social and institutional supports for better lives.” Read more


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