PSA: It’s time to move to Finland.
From their love of a good sauna to their inner ‘sisu’ (a word akin to ‘having fire in your belly’), the Finns continue to live their best lives.
Once again, Finland has been ranked as the world’s happiest country, according to the annual World Happiness Report.
It’s the sixth year that they’ve won the coveted prize, scoring highly on the factors the report uses to measure happiness: GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom, generosity, and low corruption.
It’s Nordic neighbours also placed well, with Denmark, Iceland, Sweden and Norway all placing in the top 10.
Israel moved up five places from last year’s ranking, coming in fourth.
World’s happiest countries 2023
And the good news for Brits is that the UK at least makes the top 20, placing at number 19.
While many of the same countries appear in the top 20 year after year, there’s a new entry for 2023. Eastern European Lithuania has gradually climbed up the ranks coming in at number 20 this year.
Meanwhile, France has fallen out of the top spots, ranking at number 21.
At the other end of the scale, war-torn Afghanistan is the lowest ranking country at number 137, with Lebanon at 136.
If you’re keen to channel some Finnish happiness, the good news is that they aren’t gatekeeping their secrets.
Visit Finland is offering up 10 free-of-charge places on their new four-day Masterclass of Happiness in June, which will teach participants from some of the sadder nations how to become masters in happiness and ‘learn the key skills of being happy, the Finnish way.’
According to them, the Finns are so happy because of their deep connection with nature, leading a simple lifestyle, having a commitment to sustainability and a love for seasonal and local food.
Applications for the masterclass are open until 2 April 2023.
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