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Finland Voted World's Happiest Country For Fourth Year In A Row

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Finland Voted World's Happiest Country For Fourth Year In A Row

Finland has been announced as the happiest place to live for the fourth year running.

This year's World Happiness Report - which as the name suggests looks at national happiness levels - is out and once again Finland has taken the top spot, followed by Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands.

Rounding out the top ten was Sweden, Germany, Norway, New Zealand and Austria.

The United Kingdom fell from 13th to 18th place.

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Helsinki, Finland. Credit: PA
Helsinki, Finland. Credit: PA

The 2020 report said it had been 'a year like no other' due to the pandemic and, as such, the polls organisers took those considerations into account while conducting the study.

Sharing the results, the team from World Happiness Report said: "This whole report focuses on the effects of Covid-19 and how people all over the world have fared.

"Our aim was two-fold, first to focus on the effects of Covid-19 on the structure and quality of people's lives, and second to describe and evaluate how governments all over the world have dealt with the pandemic.

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"In particular, we try to explain why some countries have done so much better than others."

The report found that despite the pandemic, the ranking more or less remained consistent with last year.

John Helliwell, who worked on the study, said: "Surprisingly there was not, on average, a decline in well-being when measured by people's own evaluation of their lives.

"One possible explanation is that people see Covid-19 as a common, outside threat affecting everybody and that this has generated a greater sense of solidarity and fellow-feeling."

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Iceland came in second place. Credit: PA
Iceland came in second place. Credit: PA

Talking about being named happiest nation for the fourth year running Heli Jimenez, senior director, international marketing at Business Finland, said: "Finnish happiness isn't skin deep and immediately visible - it's deeply engrained in our being.

"Sustainable happiness is our superpower, and it means we tend to take life as it comes - a trait that is helping us through these challenging times.

"We appreciate the small things in our daily lives, such as sitting quietly on a bench and staring at the empty lake after a relaxing sauna session or taking a morning dip in the sea before starting the working day."

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Sounds good to me.

Top 20 Happiest Countries

  1. Finland
  2. Iceland
  3. Denmark
  4. Switzerland
  5. Netherlands
  6. Sweden
  7. Germany
  8. Norway
  9. New Zealand
  10. Austria
  11. Israel
  12. Australia
  13. Ireland
  14. United States
  15. Canada
  16. Czech Republic
  17. Belgium
  18. United Kingdom
  19. China
  20. France

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: World News, Interesting

Claire Reid
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