Finland has been voted the happiest country in the world for the third consecutive time. This is according to the UN report published on Friday.
According to the annual World Happiness Report, Finland is the happiest country in the world, ahead of Denmark and Switzerland. The results surprise abroad, which Finland considers being a country of dark winters populated by silent and suicidal people.
However, the Finnish people enjoy an exceptional quality of life, a high level of security, and some of the best public services in the world. The inequality rate is also among the lowest of the OECD countries.
People from 156 different countries are asked to answer a series of questions in order to compile the list. These are about the perception of their quality of life. Gross domestic product, social assistance, individual freedom, and the level of corruption are taken into account. The penultimate and last place are South Sudan and Afghanistan, two countries that have been raging for years.
The 2020 report is based on data collected in 2018 and 2019. It, therefore, does not take into account the exceptional measures taken by several countries to stem the pandemic of the new coronavirus.