June 27, 2014

Finland scores highest in EU in happiness and physical activity

In a comparative study conducted by the UK Office for National Statistics, Finns were the most active sports enthusiasts.
In a comparative study conducted by the UK Office for National Statistics, Finns were the most active sports enthusiasts.
VESA MOILANEN / LEHTIKUVA

The UK Office for National Statistics (ONS) has compiled the results of various surveys concerning the satisfaction, health, education level and lifestyle of the citizens of 28 EU countries. The ONS has compiled the results using statistical data from Eurostat, European Quality of Life Survey, Eurobarometer, PISA and World Gallup Poll.

Finns emerged as the happiest nation in Europe. Based on PISA survey results, Finland also took the top position among the EU countries in youth literacy and science.

The comparison also shows that Finns are the most physically active nation in the EU. When asked about their physical activity, 72.5 per cent of Finns aged over 16 said that they exercise at least once a week, while the average in Europe was 39.7 per cent. The Swedes were on a par with the Finns in physical activity, but in the UK, for example, only 46.8 per cent of people said that they exercise once a week.

In addition, Finland came on top in living satisfaction among the EU countries, followed by the Danes and the Maltese, while the citizens of Latvia were the least happy with their living situation.

Among the EU countries, Finland has reduced the highest percentage of green house gas emissions: a total of 10 per cent during 2010–2011. Finland’s example was followed by Belgium at nine and by Denmark at eight per cent. In Bulgaria, on the other hand, green house gas emissions increased by 10 per cent.

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