Finland bags Numero Uno spot among 156 nations in world's happiest nation index report

15 March 2018, 09:18 AM
Finland - File Photo
Finland - File Photo

The Noric nation Finland has once again bagged the top spot among 156 nations in the World Happiness Report published on Wednesday.

Finland tops the list of nations which were ranked based on happiness levels, based on factors such as life expectancy, social support and corruption.

Finland has come out as the happiest place to live even though little sun and low temperatures are often blamed for high rates of depression.
"Well, our politics and our economics. I think the basics are quite good in Finland," said Sofia Holm, 24-year-old resident of Helsinki, the Nordic country's capital. "So, yes, we have the perfect circumstances to have a happy life here in Finland."

And that's not forgetting other plentiful attractions like skiing and saunas and, for children of all ages, Santa Claus.

"It's a great thing to live in the happiest country although it's snowing and we are walking in this wet snow," said Helsinki resident Inari Lepisto, 28. "Yes, we have many things that make me happy."

This year, the annual report published by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network also evaluated 117 countries by the happiness and well-being of their immigrants.

In 2015, more than a million migrants entered Europe, and a few thousand made it to Finland, a relatively homogenous country with about 300,000 foreigners and residents with foreign roots, out of its 5.5 million people.

First Published: Thursday, March 15, 2018 09:14 AM

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