For the sixth consecutive year, Finland has been named the happiest country in the world by the annual United Nations World Happiness Report, holding the top title since 2018. Denmark, Iceland, Israel and Netherlands round out the top five. Canada placed 13th in the rankings.
The secret to Finnish happiness has been debated ever since Finland first took the title. When asked, Finns say the key to their happiness is found in four elements: nature, lifestyle, food, and sustainability.
- A deep connection with nature
75% of Finland is covered by vast green forests, in addition to the 187,000 lakes on the world’s largest archipelago. Finland is home to 41 national parks and provides citizens and visitors alike with Everyman’s Rights – the freedom to roam in nature and enjoy outdoor pursuits regardless of who owns or occupies an area.
- Enjoying a simple lifestyle
A crucial source of Finnish wellness, sauna is where it's at. Combined with a refreshing plunge in a nearby lake in summer or brave a dip in the ice hole in winter, sauna – considered a lifestyle by many – is a firm contributor to Finnish happiness.
- A commitment to sustainability
Whether preserving nature, cultural heritage or crafting inventions for daily use. sustainability plays an important role for the nation's happiness.
- A love for seasonal and local food
Finnish food is simple, and built on fresh, natural ingredients. With a wealth of wild ingredients - such as berries, mushrooms, and herbs – that can be foraged in the country’s forests, food is one of the essential elements of happiness for Finns.