Happiness is relative, but when it’s said that a country is the happiest in the world, therefore most of its citizens are really happy. They don’t need to showcase their happiness in the streets by smiling always or being nice to everyone that meet. It should be an internal feeling. The country Finland has been pronounced the happiest country for the second time in a row and out of curiosity one should want to know why this is so. State policies on welfare, equality, mutual trust and freedom have contributed to making Finland the happiest country in the world. The report which was published by the UN, ranked 156 countries based on factors such as life expectancy, social support and corruption.
The world happiness report also measured happiness based on how satisfying one’s life is, that’s on a scale on 0 to 10, 0 is the worst possible life and the best possible life is 10. It was found that Nordic countries always find themselves in the top 10. This being said, what are the national factors that influence how much satisfaction one’s life is? They are gross domestic product per capita, extensiveness of social services, freedom from oppression and a trust in government and fellow citizens can influence to an extent how satisfactory one’s life turn out to be.
The countries policy on equality was top ranked, women in the country find it easy to be mothers and at the same time work as in have a job. Also fathers in Finland has access to paid paternity leaves in which they take time to take care of their children. A happy family brings about a happy society.
When it boils down to how much trust and respect the Finnish have for each other and their countries policy, it’s on a high. 80% of Finns are said to trust the country’s police. And according to Transparency international, Finland is one of the least corrupt countries in the world.
The Happiness report if 2018 ranked Finland at the top in terms of how happy immigrants are. Immigrants in the country are warmly welcomed by the policies of the country, and these policies make it easier for them to grow and progress with other citizens. It’s hard to be an immigrant in Finland and not find your balance. The country’s happiness can also be tied to its policies on taxation and wealth distribution. These policies make provision for free health care, quality education for all and an all generous parental leave.
With all that has been said, there’s no reason to disprove the claim of Finland to being a happy country, let alone the happiest.