Finland Tops the 2020 World Happiness Report

Finland's Eurovision Song Contest participants Johanna Virtanen (left) and Susan Aho hold a national flag as they attend a picnic at Akershus Fortress in Oslo on May 22, 2010. AFP PHOTO Lise Aserud / Scanpix (Photo credit should read LISE AASERUD/AFP/Getty Images)

The UN’s annual World Happiness Report ranks over 156 countries and Finland is named the happiest for the third year in a row.

Since 2012, when the first World Happiness Report was published, four different countries have taken the top positions: 2012, 2013, and 2016 – Denmark, 2015 – Switzerland, 2017 – Norway, and 2018, 2019, 2020 – Finland.

This year top ten make Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, Norway, the Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand, Austria, and Luxembourg. The World Happiness Report for many years is trying to answer the question: “What does make people happy?” Good social support networks, social trust, honest governments, safe environments, and healthy lives – are the discovered reasons for the contented spirit of the countries.

The report shows that the ranking of the cities is almost identical to that of the countries. Helsinki, the capital of Finland, is the happiest city in the world.

Another factor that promotes tranquility and satisfaction is walking in green spaces and a happy social environment. Well-being happens to be dependent on a feeling of shared trust, a sense of freedom to make life decisions, and generosity.

The World Happiness Report is another opportunity to rethink public policies, individual life choices, surrounding environment, and emotional well-being.

The Top 20 happiest countries include:

1. Finland

2. Denmark

3. Switzerland

4. Iceland

5. Norway

6. The Netherlands

7. Sweden

8. New Zealand

9. Luxembourg

10. Austria

11. Canada

12. Australia

13. UK

14. Israel

15. Costa Rica

16. Ireland

17. Germany

18. US

19. Czech Republic

20. Belgium


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