Ever wondered which is the happiest country in the world? Well, for the fourth time in a row, Finland has been voted the happiest country in the world for 2021 by the World Happiness Report, with Denmark and Norway not far behind. There are many factors that go into the ranking and this year’s report also looked at how countries have dealt with the coronavirus pandemic.
Let’s look at why Finland is the happiest country in the world:
An excellent start to life, the Finnish Government ensures that you are set up from birth with a box, which is also a crib, filled with essentials for the first few weeks of a baby’s life such as diapers, bottles, formula. If parents already have what they need then they can have a monetary contribution instead.
They fight for equality in all aspects of life, committed to closing the wage gap, fighting for access to high-quality education for all, education is also free, so everyone has access to it and children are rarely tested at a young age, they have one of the best education systems in the world. Maternity and paternity are also treated the same meaning fathers also get a longer time off than most other countries in the world.
Healthcare is also universal and free.
There is a flat working model which means that there are few to no hierarchical levels between management and staff this means there is less supervision, but this then leads to more productive decision making and involvement with the staff, it also creates more open communication between teams and a faster workflow. Work-life is overall happier.
Another reason why Finland scored so high is they have an agile working policy, there is little restraint about where and when work is completed, the focus is placed on how people work in a team and how productive they are. This ensures a better work-life balance as people have more freedom to work around their own schedules.
The Finish people have an inherent understanding of freedom, their mentality is that freedom and independence are only possible if everyone enjoys them, people just get on with their lives without outside interference.
Homelessness is almost a non-issue as anyone who finds themselves struggling is given support and then assisted into owning their own home.
A 2018 study found that 80% of the Finnish population trust and support the police leading to a higher sense of security.
Finland is a world leader in ICT, paper and pulp industries, many Multinational corporations have set up headquarters in Finland such as Nike, Supercell and Polar.
The Finnish people aren’t focused on comparing wealth, people do well, and income and wealth differences are relatively small.
To go alongside the previous point, they have a realistic expectation and find happiness from where they are in life not going out and always searching for the next best thing.
There is a Finnish saying, “happiness will end in tears”, which to most might sound harsh but it just means that good things won’t last forever, and bad things won’t last forever either. Life is as good and as bad as you make it. The Finnish also have a word ‘Sisu’ which means the personal strength of will that is seen in the steadfast diligence and humility of the people about their affairs. There is no English word for it.
It’s clear to why, from our list above, that Finland is the happiest country on earth with an agile working policy free education and healthcare along with a whole other host of benefits it’s clear that residents are happy and thriving.
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