No Wonder Why Finland is the Happiest Country in the World!
March 31, 2021 | By - Neelam Motwani

No Wonder Why Finland is the Happiest Country in the World!

Good news for the native Finland people! For the fourth consecutive year, Finland is titled the ‘Happiest Country in the World’. Even though people spend over 200 days of the year in winters, and wait for the sun to rise above the horizon for the remaining days, Finland keeps their native happy.

This UN-backed designation is quite surprising for the Finns themselves, but the healthy life expectancy and income are far more than the satisfaction where other countries are facing huge corruption and racism chaos. Finland’s government, as compared to other nations, is quite trustworthy as they lead their people to a better living standard and a happy life routine.

People from other countries keep thinking: what is the SECRET behind Finland’s success! Why is Finland the happiest country in the world? Let’s pull out some of the life lessons from the Finnish culture that might help others to change their perspective towards their busy schedule too. After all, a happy country comes from happy people, isn’t it?

What makes Finland the Happiest Country in the World?

It is important to cherish happiness, even in darkness. And this is the ideology everyone must adopt from Finland. After all, Finland tops the happiest country in the world 2021 list From weather to busy schedule, from conflict of interest to time management; only when factors that address your happiness are being taken care of, you can remain happy! Let’s understand the national ideology of Finland that keeps its citizens happy.

  • Sisu

Believe it or not: This is really the ideology of the country! Sisu suggests that people must focus on persevering even when nothing works out in their favour. For instance, people hardly see sunlight in the country.

Sisu ideology Finland

Normally, that might really pull a person away from going for a walk or picnic in their family in chilly weather. But that’s not what Finns do! Even in the cold weather, they practice Sisu by heading out of their house for cycling or even brisk walking. How many of us can really pursue such activity and be consistent at it? Maybe just a handful!

  • Right to Roam!

Have you heard of forest therapy? It is a nature-based intervention that helps in healing certain aspects of mental and physical health difficulties. You will be surprised to know Finland offers ‘free’ forest therapy where people spend 30 minutes absorbing the healing power of nature. How does it help, if you ask?

forest therapy Finland

This therapy gives the right to all men and women to roam around freely in nature that helps in reducing high blood pressure and depression. As forests cover 75% of the country’s land, Finns enjoy the healing therapies while being close to nature. Finns enjoy camping out in the tent, boating, vehicle camping, and many other activities without causing damage to the lands. No wonder Finland was the most happiest country in the world in 2020 too.

  • Purifying Body and Soul

The fact states that there are over two million saunas in Finland for a population of 5.4 million. Finns believe that saunas are a place to purify your soul and body. It is, in fact, one of the national pastimes for the citizens. Saunas are known to have lasting effects on people as it relaxes their muscles and minds. Believe it or not, it is one of the major factors considered in the index of the most happiest country in the world in 2021.

Saunas in Finland

  • Nordic minimalism

Finland is a perfect place to witness Nordic minimalism as people believe in investing in sustainable and functional items that will stand the test of time. They also celebrate an outdoor flea market on cleaning day where people borrow items from each other in exchange for other things. Barter system, if you wish to call it that!

Minimalism in Finland

Finns are passionate book lovers too who generally enjoy borrowing and reading books from the public libraries. As a matter of fact, the entire population of the country borrows over 68 million books a year. Such an approach invites a better sustainable future that is not just budget-friendly but helps the environment too. Not just this year, Finland is adapting to this lifestyle for years, and that’s why it was the world’s happiest country in 2020 as well.

  • Happiness at an early age

Happiness in Finns does not start when they become adults. Rather, Finland holds a proud tradition of giving all children a healthy and equal start in life. Finns enjoy affordable daycare services and free virtual education for elementary, secondary, and university standard.

kids in Finland

A healthy sense of independence comes from an early age as children walk their way to schools from home while enjoying the beautiful natural scenery of the country.

  • Embracing darkness

Finland has an amazing way to embrace darkness through music. Finland has the most heavy metal bands per capita of any other country in the world. It is a well-known way for Finns to channel the darkness or depressed feelings in their life. People in Finland accept the dark days like any other shiny day in their life and embrace the beauty of the same with the ‘Sisu’ ideology. That’s what makes them relatively satisfied in their lives.

Finland metal bands

However, the twist is that Finns do not really consider themselves the most joyous people, but they definitely consider themselves adaptable to every situation in life.

Considering all the factors in the blog, ideologies followed by Finland is what makes them top the chart of the Happiness Index. While not everyone might be from Finland, least we can try is to follow basic instincts to remain happy in life. Read our blog to unfold some basic factors that can help you remain happy in life.

What are the top 3 happiest countries, if that’s what you have in mind, let us answer that for you! Denmark and Switzerland won second and third position this year after Finland. Why stick to just these three, following is the list of top 10 most happiest country in the world 2021:

1. Finland
2. Denmark
3. Switzerland
4. Iceland
5. Netherlands
6. Norway
7. Sweden
8. Luxembourg
9. New Zealand
10. Austria

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