Think you’re pretty happy, do I? Think you have a just about acceptable quality of life? Well, that all pales in comparison to the fun and larks they’re having in Finland, mate, which has just been officially declared the happiest country in the world.
The World Happiness Report, authored by the UN, measures countries on a number of criteria including average income, life expectancy, self-reported wellbeing, freedom, trust and generosity – and also takes into account more negative factors like corruption or high levels of crime.
Unsurprisingly, countries experiencing war, ethnic cleansing and coups are less happy: Burundi is the least happy country in the world, followed by Rwanda, Yemen, Tanzania, South Sudan and the Central African Republic.
Nordic countries – Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Sweden – were particularly happy, all taking spots in the top ten.
“In the Nordic countries in general, we pay some of the highest taxes in the world, but there is wide public support for that because people see them as investments in quality of life for all,” Meik Wiking of the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark told