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Finland Tops World’s Happiest Countries 2023: Here’s The Full List

Finland tops the UN’s World Happiness Report for the sixth year, with Nordic countries dominating. Unity and well-being remain key factors for happiness.



Finland Tops World's Happiest Countries 2023: Here's The Full List

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  • The United Nations’ World Happiness Report has ranked Finland as the world’s happiest country for the sixth consecutive year.
  • Northern European countries dominated the rankings, with Denmark and Iceland placing second and third, respectively.
  • The report, which considers factors such as well-being, economic prosperity, and social indicators, also highlighted the “increase of brotherhood in Ukraine.”

( –  Finland has once again claimed the title of the world’s happiest country for the sixth year in a row, according to the United Nations’ (UN) World Happiness Report released on Monday.

The report looks at things like well-being, economic growth, and social indicators. This year’s report also talked about how “brotherhood in Ukraine has grown.”

The World Happiness Report, which came out for the first time in 2012, is based on how people see their own lives and takes into account many things, such as GDP per capita, social support, life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity, and perceptions of corruption.

Finland Tops World's Happiest Countries 2023: Here's The Full List
Revellers in Helsinki last May celebrate Finland winning the 2022 Ice Hockey World Championship. Finland was ranked the world’s happiest country for the sixth consecutive year following a World Happiness report survey. Photo: Alessandro Rampazzo/AFP via Getty Images

These factors come together to provide an overall happiness score for each country.

Northern European countries continued to be at the top of the list, with Denmark in second place and Iceland in third. The top 20 countries in this year’s report include:

Rank Country
10New Zealand
15United States
18Czech Republic
19United Kingdom

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Finland’s continued success in the rankings can be attributed to various factors. The country boasts a strong social welfare system, excellent education, and a low crime rate.

Furthermore, its residents enjoy a high level of trust in their government, institutions, and fellow citizens. Such factors contribute to the overall well-being and happiness experienced by the Finnish population.

As for the other Nordic countries, their success is often linked to their strong welfare systems, social equality, and focus on having a good balance between work and life. All of these countries rank highly in terms of income equality, environmental quality, and civic engagement.

Israel’s fourth-place ranking is a testament to the country’s strong economy, high life expectancy, and sense of community. The Netherlands, another high-ranking country, has consistently performed well in the World Happiness Report due to its strong social welfare system, progressive policies, and emphasis on individual freedom.

This year’s report also made note of Ukraine’s situation. The country climbed six spots, from 98th to 92nd place, compared to the previous list released before the start of the Russian offensive.

Jan-Emmanuel De Neve, one of the report’s editors, said in a statement, “Well-being in Ukraine has fallen less than in 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea, and this is partly due to the extraordinary increase in brotherhood.”

Even though the Russian invasion of Ukraine in 2022 caused a lot of “suffering and damage,” the UN found that there was a “much stronger feeling of a common purpose, kindness, and trust in the Ukrainian leadership” than in 2014.

This feeling of unity and shared purpose has made the country stronger and better able to deal with problems.

Even though the World Happiness Report gives useful information about happiness trends around the world, it is important to remember that happiness is a complicated and multifaceted thing.Factors that contribute to happiness can vary significantly between individuals and cultures. Furthermore, the report’s reliance on self-reported data may not capture the full range of emotions and experiences that people encounter in their daily lives.

Still, the World Happiness Report is a good place for policymakers and regular people to start thinking about the things that lead to happiness and well-being. By examining the successes of countries like Finland, Denmark, and Iceland, other nations can learn from their approaches and implement policies that support the happiness and well-being of their citizens.

As things like climate change, economic inequality, and political unrest continue to hurt people around the world, the search for happiness and well-being has become more important than ever.

Governments and communities can work together to make the future more fair and happy for everyone by finding and using the best ideas from the happiest countries in the world.

The World Happiness Report also acts as an example that investments made by society and the government in social welfare, education, and mental health can have a big impact on how happy people are in general.

The results give countries that didn’t do as well a chance to look at their goals and policies for making their people happy and healthy.

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