Finland tops the world’s happiest national rankings for three consecutive years. The following will explain the happiness of the people of this country.

The United Nations has released the World Happiness Report 2020. Of which, 156 countries are ranked according to their level of happiness, based on factors such as life expectancy, social support and corruption. This is the third year Finland has become the happiest country on Earth. Three Nordic countries, including Norway, Denmark and Iceland, took the next positions.

Why are Finns happy? That does not come from the weather. This country has a long and very cold winter. The temperature between winter and summer varies greatly. At the social level, Finland’s success can be mentioned as a security system, a reliable culture, high quality education and the importance of gender equality. At a personal level, many Finns think nature is one of the most important sources of happiness for them.

Finland has come a long way and has made conscious efforts to create happiness. 150 years ago, 10% of the Finnish population died from famine. In 1918, a year after gaining independence, the country experienced a painful and divisive civil war. When it escaped from World War II in 1945, it was one of the poorest countries in Europe. Everything here was rebuilt from scratch.

Happiness stems from a policy of welfare, trust, freedom and equality. In recent years, Finland has been referred to by various international agencies as the most stable, free and safe country. People enjoy health care, free education and generous holidays. The balance of a healthy work life is to ensure that people are both pursuing personal interests, nurturing their creativity, and having time to enjoy the freshest, most natural nature in the world. 

According to Transparency International, Finland is one of the least corrupt countries in the world. More than 80% of Finns believe in the country’s police, education and healthcare system. Finnish society is equal. Finland is considered one of the best places in the world to be a mother and worth living with women. Finnish fathers enjoy paid pensions, spending the most time with their children globally. 

Economic power plays a role in keeping Finnish society stable. Finland is not the richest country in the world but capable of handling the unstable global economy. Finland has experienced recessions, especially after the Eurozone crisis (European public debt crisis) but recovered faster than most other countries. Finland’s agile economic policy and innovation have played a role in this recovery. 

Other national characteristics may also play a part in creating happiness and positive resilience. Finns have the word “sisu” which means being persistent and strict with whatever happens your way. The International Day of Failure, held every year on October 13, originates in Finland. This holiday has the message “no chance of failure, no success”. Therefore, you are sometimes allowed to fail. When you innovate and experiment boldly, failure can sometimes precede great success.

In 2018, the United Nations took the measurement of immigrant happiness. In particular, Finland also tops this category. People in this country are willing to accept and get along with immigrants. Social systems and support organizations always help the more difficult people (local people or newcomers) to overcome the situation.

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