Many Nordic countries can boast of the high life satisfaction of their inhabitants, but none as much as Finland. This enviable property they want to share.
Finland is considered the happiest country in the world, for the sixth year in a row. This is according to the results of the current World Happiness Report 2023. Germany, ranked 16th, is trumped on the happiness scale by some Nordic countries. Denmark ranks second, Iceland third, and Sweden and Norway sixth and seventh in the competition for the highest level of life satisfaction.
Be happy in Finland – learn from the best
Since the Finns are not stingy with their happiness, they are fortunately willing to share their secret to happiness with the world. And so, as part of an international competition in June, Visit Finland is offering ten participants from all over the world the unique opportunity to learn this special skill from the best through a trip to the far north – including a four-day masterclass. Unfortunately, the application phase for this is already over. However, it is noteworthy that Visit Finland even covers all costs for travel, accommodation and spa treatments.
The happiest country in the world, for the sixth year in a row, the Finns can be proud as the undisputed winners of this title. © MASKOT/IMAGO
Finland – the four main topics of happiness coaching
- Nature and lifestyle
- Health and balance
- Design and everyday life
- Nutrition and well-being
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Finland continues to be at the forefront – but how is happiness actually measured?
Every year, the World Happiness Reports randomly survey people from around 140 countries using a test form to find out how satisfied they are with various areas of life in their country. The surveys cover topics such as life expectancy, stable social relationships, the possibility of free life choices, health, economic performance, corruption and emotions such as joy and sadness.
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The highest life satisfaction in the world: What are Finns doing right?
According to spiegel.de, Finland isfar ahead of Germany in one important aspect that seems to be directly linked to life satisfaction – trust. The Federal Republic of Germany can score points with its education, health and social systems, but as far as trust in the decisions of the government, as well as those of its own neighbor, is concerned, Finland seems to be in a much better position. And it is precisely supposed "little things", such as a functioning garbage collection system and free daycare centers, that would lead incomparably to the high level of life satisfaction of the Finns.
In addition to the solid trust in their environment and the generally well-functioning structures in many Nordic countries, the Finns have many other, big and small happiness bringers. A literally greater peculiarity are the beautiful forests, which make up a large part of the country and satisfy the closeness to nature of the locals. In addition to other natural phenomena such as the Northern Lights, the largest archipelago in the world and a wonderful sea area, Finnish festivals and traditions also contribute significantly to the joie de vivre.
Did you know?
Finland belongs to Scandinavia, but somehow it doesn't, why is that?
Geographically, Scandinavia includes the Scandinavian Peninsula, where the states of Norway and Sweden are located, as well as northwestern Finland.
From a linguistic, cultural and historical point of view, however, only Sweden, Norway and Denmark belong to Scandinavia. The Finnish language, unlike its neighboring countries, is most closely related to the Hungarian language due to its language family.