Finland has topped the list of the happiest nations for six years running. Even though the country has cold, lengthy winters and periods of the year with little to no daylight.
In the World Happiness Report, they asked people if they are content with their lives, not if they are happy, which means contentment is closely related to happiness and people in Finland are largely content.
This is why;
Education and healthcare is free
Finland is a happy place because there are government policies put in place to reduce some parts of life’s stress – education is generally free, time off from work is available, and health care is guaranteed.
There is little or no crime
Finland is a safe country, there is little crime and corruption, and the people trust the government.
They maintain social ties
Finland als has culture of looking out for each other. There is a sense of community among Finnish people.
Work is not stressful
The majority of people in Finland have a decent work-life balance, there is paid time off work for many people, and work isn’t stressful. Work commutes are typically short in the weak country with a population of about 5.5 million, giving residents more time to enjoy themselves throughout the day.
They spend time in nature
According to a set of laws known as Everyman’s Rights, residents of Finland are allowed to utilize almost all forests, lakes, and beach areas as they like. Recreational activities—including camping, fishing, swimming, hiking, horseback riding, and skiing—are free.
Here’s what we can learn from Finland about happiness.
- People are happier when education is inexpensive.
- People are happier when there is security.
- People are happier when they can trust the government.
- People are happier when work isn’t stressful.
- People are happier when they spend time in nature.
- People are happier when they have a community of people.
Nigeria is ranked 116th happiest country. Afghanistan and Lebanon are at the bottom, ranking 137th and 136th.