Finland was named the happiest nation in the world for the fifth consecutive year.
According to the United Nations’ latest World Happiness Report, it was the country with the highest satisfaction rate. The long-running survey surveyed 9 million people.
Finland placed well above other countries in the top 10 including Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Lara Aknin (one of the report’s coauthors) says, “Data included in the World Happiness Report provides a snapshot of people around the globe evaluating their happiness and some of today’s latest insights from science of well-being.”
“This information is extremely powerful in understanding the human condition, how to help individuals, communities, countries, and other people work towards happier lives.
People believe that Finns are content because they have an appreciation for the natural world, trust, security, and safety.
How can visitors feel a little of that joy for themselves?
Finland is a great place to be in the natural world.
Finland covers around 75 percent of the country with forest. This means that nature plays an important role in Finland’s lifestyle.
There are 40 national parks in the country. You can reach one from Helsinki in under 30 minutes. There are many types of forests, from dense woodlands in the south to Arctic landscapes north.
The legal concept of “Everyman’s Right” also implies that everyone, including visitors, can enjoy the Finnish countryside, regardless of whether they own the land.
The summer heat makes it ideal for biking and camping. Finland’s roads are well-maintained and ideal for cycling tours. The roads are also very sparsely populated, which means that there is not much traffic.
Rent a bike from one of the many rental shops located along popular routes. Look out for services that are authorized by Parks and Wildlife Finland partners. This will help you find companies who support sustainable tourism principles.
Winter is a great time to ski and enjoy the snowy landscapes. Finland is mostly flat, but you can visit almost 100 resorts, most of them in Lapland. Levi is a popular choice, well-known for its ski slopes as well as the opportunity to see the Northern Lights.
Studies have shown that spending at most two hours per week in natural settings is linked to good health. Stress can be reduced by spending just 15 minutes in nature.
If you are looking to see what makes Finland one of the most happy countries in the world, then go on a wild walk in this Nordic country.
Relax in one of Finland’s 3,000,000 saunas
The UNESCO has added Finland’s sauna culture to its list of intangible cultural heritages of humanity. It is also the only Finnish word that has been irreversibly translated into English.
It is estimated that there are approximately 3 million saunas across Finland. If you’re visiting, it will be difficult to miss this important part of Finnish culture. Although many people have their saunas, there are plenty of options for public saunas in Helsinki. These range from traditional to modern.
You can also choose from a range of prices, starting at EUR10 for those who enjoy chatting with others or a few hundred euros for private bookings. Online guides on etiquette may have been concerned about you going naked. There is no wrong or right way of experiencing this part of Finnish culture. So relax and enjoy your time.
This ritual has been practiced for thousands of years. People believe it boosts happiness and mental well-being. The feeling you feel when you get out is called “post-sauna bliss” by Finns.
Is Finland safe?
Finland’s low crime rate and high quality public services are two of the main reasons Finland is consistently ranked as the most happy country in the world.
These are also good news for those who plan to visit the country. There is nothing more stressful than losing your wallet in a foreign country.
It is very unlikely that you will be affected by a major natural catastrophe such as typhoons, tornadoes or earthquakes. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have travel insurance, but it’s one less thing to worry over when traveling to Finland.
Where can you see the Northern Lights of Finland
A week spent abroad can be a great motivational boost. The Aurora Borealis is a wonderful way to accomplish this.
This natural phenomenon, also known as the Northern Lights is visible approximately 200 nights per year in Finnish Lapland. The best time to see the lights is between September and March, when they shine brightly every night.
You can sign up to receive email alerts from the Finnish Meteorological Institute, which will take all the guesswork out of the experience. When auroral displays are possible, you will receive hourly alerts from the Finnish Meteorological Institute.
Finns believe that novelty doesn’t wear off, no matter how many times it is experienced.