Since 2002, the World Happiness Report, published by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, a global initiative of the United Nations, has used statistical analysis to determine the happiest countries in the world. In its 2023 update, the report concluded that Finland is the happiest country in the world.
Finland has been ranked as the world’s happiest country based on the 2023 report, with a score of 7,8 out of a total possible score of 10. The report’s authors rated the people of Finland for the strong sense of common support and mutual support. trust, to not only help secure the No. 1 spot, but (more importantly) assess the country as a whole as it navigates the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Finns strongly felt that they were free to make their own choices, and showed minimal suspicion of government corruption. Both factors contribute greatly to overall happiness.
Finland is number 1 for the sixth consecutive year (they were number five in 2017). With a score of 7,889, Finland has once again set the tone for other countries when it comes to factors such as social support, healthy life expectancy, freedom, perceptions of corruption and dystopia (society with merely dire features).
In total, more than 150 countries were rated on how happy their citizens consider themselves. The report took into account factors such as perceived freedom, fairness, well-being, good health and generosity when listing each country. Finland was joined in the top five by Iceland, Denmark, Switzerland and the Netherlands.