The same countries over the past two years have been in the top 10 spots. They are characterised by lower wealth inequality, high taxes, good access to health care, long life expectancy, low corruption and support for those who need help from the state or communities.Finland has dark winters and short summers bathed in almost continuous light.
Image from Finland
„Northern European countries, where the emotional range is more modulated – in the sense that they’re humming along at fairly high levels but don’t have the (emotional) peaks and valleys that other European countries have — score higher (on happiness),” a previous studyby Eric Weiner said. Following Finland are Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand and Sweden. Only 5.5 million people are living in Finland. About 300,000 are immigrants. “The most striking finding of the report is the remarkable consistency between the happiness of immigrants and the locally born,” said one of the report’s editors, John Helliwell, of the University of British Columbia. Topping the list of least happy countries are Burundi, Central African Republic and South Sudan.