For the seventh year running, Finland has been named the happiest country in the world according to the World Happiness Report, which was established in 2012 by the United Nations to promote sustainable development. In a survey in which participants rated their lives on a scale of one to ten, Finland scored 7.7, taking first place.

Scandinavian countries dominate the list, while the United States and Germany dropped out of the top 20. Afghanistan, plagued by war and conflict, ranked lowest with a score of 1.7.

The Finnish ambassador to Germany, Kai Sauer, attributes his country’s happiness to factors such as gender equality, trust in national institutions and citizens, and low corruption. Finland was the first country in the world to give women full voting rights and run for office in parliamentary elections in 1906. The capital of Finland, Helsinki, was also rated as one of the fairest cities in Europe by Reader’s Digest Citizen Fairness Test. Transparency International ranks Finland as one of the least corrupt countries after Denmark.

Finland’s government policies on education, healthcare and family support contribute significantly to its citizens’ happiness levels. The Finnish education system is considered among the best globally and provides universal healthcare coverage. However, some believe that sauna culture plays a role in their satisfaction levels too. With around 3 million saunas nationwide, Finland has roughly two saunas per inhabitant. Saunas are an integral part of Finnish culture and can be found at all government buildings.

An exhibition held under Finnish embassy auspices called “Die Sauna: Echt heiss – Echt finnisch” celebrated sauna culture through photos and videos with an actual sauna available for visitors to try out.

Finland’s unique combination of social factors including gender equality measures against corruption as well as deep-rooted traditions like sauna culture contribute significantly to its high levels of happiness among its citizens.

In conclusion, Finland’s commitment towards creating an equitable society coupled with a strong emphasis on cultural values makes it stand out as one of the happiest nations globally today.

By Samantha Johnson

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