In a year when loved ones, jobs and individual freedoms were lost in the pandemic, it wouldn’t be surprising if people around the world felt greater dissatisfaction with their lives.
However, while mental health has declined in many countries, there has been a surprising resilience in how people rate their lives overall, according to this year’s World Happiness Report.
The world’s happiest country also stayed the same, as Finland came out on top for the fourth straight year. Denmark was second and Switzerland third. Iceland and the Netherlands completed the top five, while the United States ranked 19th on the list.
Finland, a small Scandinavian country with a population of around 5.5 million, has used past wins to tout tourism and promote its natural beauty.
It has fared relatively well during the pandemic compared to other European countries, recording 805 total deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
The country has consistently ranked high on the measures of mutual trust that have helped protect lives and livelihoods during the pandemic, the report said.
“For the 4th year in a row, #Finland is the happiest country in the world,” tweeted the Finnish Embassy in the United States on Friday. “Our #happiness stems from a balanced everyday life, supported by good governance, trust, wellbeing and equality. The pandemic has not changed this long-lasting foundation.”
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SOURCE: NBC News, Saphora Smith