Fact #18 - Answer

There is no denying that Disneyland is a magical place, but Mickey Mouse’s giant castle is not officially the happiest place on Earth. The top stop belongs to Finland.

The World Happiness Report is published every couple of years. Before you ask . . . this is not something I made up, it is 100% true. The report measures six different factors of happiness in a country's population:

  • GDP – how much money does the country make per year
  • Social Support – the quality of support the country offers to help its people (eg. Education systems, free healthcare, benefits, ect.)
  • Healthy Life Expectancy – on average, how long do the people live for
  • Freedom – how much freedom do the people have to have their own choices
  • Generosity – how much money and time do the people give to charity
  • Corruption Levels – do the people trust their government

The latest report came out in 2020, and as you can see, the Northern European countries dominate the charts as the happiness nations on the planet:

  1. Finland
  2. Denmark
  3. Switzerland
  4. Iceland
  5. Netherlands

And, if you’re wondering what the unhappiest country is on the planet, last place goes to Afghanistan.

More facts about the happiest country in the world?

  • Finnish children don’t go to school until they are seven and it’s not mandatory to give them grades until the eighth grade.
  • In 1906, Finland was the first country in Europe to provide equal voting rights to women.
  • From the air, Finland looks like a green and blue jigsaw puzzle. That’s because 78 % of the country is forest with 187,888 lakes.
  • The average Finn consumes 12 kg of coffee a year. That’s twice as much as Italians drink and three times as much as Americans.

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