As per the United Nations latest World Happiness Report, Finland has been named the happiest country in the world for the third consecutive year. Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, and Norway followed Finland.
The Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations released the report on 20th March, the Annual International Day of Happiness of the UN.
The ranking of the countries is based on 6 key variables that are: income, freedom, trust, healthy life expectancy, social support, and generosity.
Kopperoinen, a Helsinki contractor who’s married with three children said, “A big part of well-being is good quality public health care. Finnish people “have a sense that in case of ailments and disabilities we will get treatment.
Adding, “We trust the quality and availability of it and our social security network is important. It helps us if we lose our job, get sick or [our] kids get sick. We will lose income, but we can get compensation, which helps us survive and adjust our daily consumption.”
Kopperoinen said, “Local municipalities and churches are organizing help and aid for their members. There are also web-organized, peer-to-peer services like Nappi Naapuri, “where people can give and ask help from your neighborhood.”
Report co-author Jeffrey Sachs an economics professor and director of Columbia University’s Center for Sustainable Development said that happiness will not vaccinate these countries against the new virus.
“Nor are the health systems by themselves able to cope.”
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Adding, “The key measures in the coming weeks will be social distancing, self-isolation, quarantine, shelter in place, and other measures to shut down, deliberately and systematically — if well done — key parts of social and economic life.”
“It’s a very tough regime, hard to implement and follow, and one of high economic cost in the short term. It’s all to avoid a mortality disaster,” he said. “I am sure that well-functioning governments will end up doing better because this epidemic requires strong and effective governments and implementation.”