According to the world’s happiest country report, Finland has been rated as the happiest country in the world for the fourth year in a row despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
The World Happiness Report, which was launched in 2012 by the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network conducted an annual survey that ranks global happiness in countries around the world.
The happiness index entailed surveys on how countries have dealt with the coronavirus pandemic that has shaken the world for more than a year.
The author of the report said that this year’s survey analyzed the effects of the crisis on the structure and quality of people’s lives as well as how governments dealt with it.
“Surprisingly there was not, on average, a decline in well-being when measured by people’s own evaluation of their lives,” said University of British Columbia professor John Helliwell, one of the people behind the report. “One possible explanation is that people see Covid-19 as a common, outside threat affecting everybody and that this has generated a greater sense of solidarity and fellow-feeling.”
On this year’s report, Iceland came in second, followed by Denmark, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.
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