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The World Happiness Report, an annual evaluation orchestrated by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a United Nations endeavor, determines a nation's happiness by assessing its citizens' satisfaction with their current lives. A representative sample of individuals from 156 nations is asked by the Gallup World Poll to rate their lives on a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 signifying the worst possible existence and 10 representing the best. The countries are then ranked based on the average scores obtained.

This report serves as a global snapshot of happiness, uncovering the factors that contribute to it. Its findings have been utilized by governments, businesses, and individuals alike to create policies and initiatives that aim to boost overall happiness.

The top 10 happiest countries in the world, according to the 2023 World Happiness Report are Finland, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Israel, and New Zealand.

What Makes Finland The Happiest Country

Finland has consistently ranked as the happiest country in the world for the past six years, as per the World Happiness Report, in its annual survey that ranks countries based on various factors affecting well-being and happiness. Several factors contribute to Finland's high happiness ranking:

* Finland has an excellent education system, ranked among the best globally, and a comprehensive welfare state that provides citizens with free healthcare, affordable childcare, and extensive social support.

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* Finland enjoys a high standard of living, low levels of income inequality, and a strong social safety net. These factors help create financial security and reduce the stress related to economic hardships.

* The Finnish people generally have a high level of trust in their government and public institutions. This trust leads to a sense of security and support from the state, which contributes to overall happiness.

* Finnish society values social cohesion, with neighbors and communities often helping each other out. This promotes a sense of belonging and social connectedness, which is essential for happiness.

* Finland is also known for its strong work-life balance, with policies promoting flexible working hours, generous parental leave, and ample vacation time. This balance allows people to better manage stress and spend more time with their families and friends.

* Finland is known for its beautiful nature, including vast forests and thousands of lakes. This connection with nature is essential for mental well-being and provides opportunities for relaxation and leisure activities.

* Finland has been proactive in addressing mental health issues and promoting well-being, with accessible mental health services and public campaigns to reduce the stigma associated with mental health problems.

While these factors have played a significant role in making Finland the happiest country, it is important to note that happiness is subjective and can vary from person to person. Nonetheless, the Finnish model offers valuable insights into the conditions that can contribute to a happier society overall.

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jenningsRobert Jennings is co-publisher of with his wife Marie T Russell. He attended the University of Florida, Southern Technical Institute, and the University of Central Florida with studies in real estate, urban development, finance, architectural engineering, and elementary education. He was a member of the US Marine Corps and The US Army having commanded a field artillery battery in Germany. He worked in real estate finance, construction and development for 25 years before starting in 1996.

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