How happy is Finland really?

Nordic nation tops global happiness survey for seventh year in a row with 'focus on contentment over joy'

Aerial view to Ullanlinna district on the shore of Helsinki in summer
Finns enjoy the benefits of a strong welfare state, with free education, publicly funded healthcare and smooth-running public transport
(Image credit: Miemo Penttinen / Getty Images)

For the seventh year in a row, Finland has been declared the happiest country in the world. 

The Nordic nation and new Nato member topped the ranking of 143 countries and territories in the annual World Happiness Report, released to coincide with the International Day of Happiness (20 March). The UN-sponsored survey, now a publication of the Wellbeing Research Centre at the University of Oxford, asks citizens to evaluate their life and considers factors like GDP, generosity, life expectancy, freedom and trust.

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