Finland named as the world’s happiest country for the third time

Published on : Saturday, March 21, 2020

 

The 2020 edition of the annual United Nations World Happiness Report announced Finland as the world’s happiest country for the third time in a row.

 

As per the report the reasons for wellbeing is good social support networks, social trust, honest governments, safe environments and healthy lives.

 

Four countries could claim the top spot since the first report in 2012- Denmark in 2012, 2013 and 2016, Switzerland in 2015, Norway in 2017 and Finland in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

About 156 countries were ranked in 2020 report according to how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be, based on the evaluation of their own lives.

 

By some margin Finland took the top spot and was followed by Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland and Norway.

 

In the top 10 all the Nordic countries appeared, the UK missed out on the top 10 taking the 13th place and the US came in the at number 18.

Jeffrey Sachs, one of the report’s editors said that the World Happiness Report has proven to be an indispensable tool for policymakers looking to better understand what makes people happy and thereby to promote the wellbeing of their citizenry.

He went on saying that time and again they saw  the reasons for wellbeing include good social support networks, social trust, honest governments, safe environments and healthy lives


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