Once again Finland has defended its coveted title as the World’s Happiest Nation.
According to this year’s World Happiness Report, Finland has been ranked as the happiest country in the world for the fourth year in a row amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The World Happiness Report, which was launched in 2012, is an annual survey conducted by the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Solutions Network. The survey ranks global happiness in countries around the world.
The report was focused mainly on the relationship between well-being and the pandemic, which made collecting responses from around the world particularly challenging. The editors note that on top of the pandemic’s terrible toll of over 2.6 million death worldwide, people all over the world are also dealing with greater economic insecurity, anxiety, stress, challenges to mental and physical health, and an overall disruption of every aspect of daily life.
“Surprisingly there was not, on average, a decline in well-being when measured by people’s own evaluation of their lives,” said editor John Helliwell. “One possible explanation is that people see COVID-19 as a common, outside threat affecting everybody and that this has generated a greater sense of solidarity and fellow-feeling.”
One of the report co-editor Jeffrey Sachs said:
“The World Happiness Report 2021 reminds us that we must aim for wellbeing rather than mere wealth, which will be fleeting indeed if we don’t do a much better job of addressing the challenges of sustainable development,”
On this year’s report, Iceland came in second, followed by Denmark, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.
The U.S. ranked 14th on the list.
Here are the World’s 20 Happiest Countries.
- New Zealand
- United States
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom