March 16, 2016

Finland is one of the world’s happiest countries

Finland has finished in the top 10 since the index was first published in 2012.
Finland has finished in the top 10 since the index was first published in 2012.
Lauri Rotko / Visit Helsinki

The World Happiness Report 2016 Update has ranked Finland fifth. This represents a jump of one place from last year’s postion.

Altogether, the happiness levels of 156 countries were surveyed using factors that included per capita gross domestic product (GDP), healthy years of life expectancy, social support, trust, perceived freedom to make life decisions and generosity.

Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway took the top four positions of the list. Meanwhile, life in Burundi, Syria, Togo and Afghanistan was deemed to be the least happy in the world.

The annual report was once again produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, an independent global network of research centres, universities and technical institutions, with the goal of encouraging the implementation of policies that support better lives.

The results were released in light of UN World Happiness Day on 20 March.

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