April 28, 2015

Finland is one of the world’s happiest countries

The World Happiness Report saw Finland’s strengths as, above all, its strong GDP per capita and the social support that people can expect in difficult times.
The World Happiness Report saw Finland’s strengths as, above all, its strong GDP per capita and the social support that people can expect in difficult times.
© RIITTA SUPPERI / KEKSI / TEAM FINLAND

According to the World Happiness Report Finland is the sixth happiest country in the world. Finland placed one position higher this year compared to the previous report in 2013. The news was covered by, among others, Yle.

Switzerland came in top position while all of the Nordic countries made it into the top 10. Among the poorest performers in the report were sub-Saharan countries and Syria and Afghanistan. The United States placed 15th, Germany 26th, Russia 64th and China 84th.

The report drawn up by independent experts and published by the UN listed 158 countries. The predictors of happiness were GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy at birth, freedom to make life choices, perceptions of corruption, generosity and whether people can expect social support in difficult times.

This year’s report is the third World Happiness Report published by the UN. The previous reports were released in 2012 and 2013.

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