Here’s why Finland is the happiest country on Earth

Louella Tangpuz, Trainee
PUBLISHED March 15, 2018 03:29 pm | UPDATED March 15, 2018 04:14 pm
Photo by Reuters

(Inside Manila) The Scandinavian country landed on the top spot of United Nations’ World Happiness Report.

The list ranks countries based on income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity.

According to the website, the overall rankings of 156 countries are based on the pooled results from Gallup World Poll surveys from 2015 to 2017. It says the top 10 happiest countries in the world this year are still held by the same countries in the last two years. The only thing that changed is the rankings.

The top 10 for 2018 are, in order: Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia.

In Finland, economic factors are a major influence. The country has a high GDP and high taxes which support social programs. Plus, life expectancy is very high. According to World Health Organization’s data from 2015, life expectancy for men is 78 while for women is 84.

So what is it about Finland that its residents are contented? Finns said access to nature, childcare, good schools and free healthcare were among the best things about in their country.


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