Last year, Norway was declared to be the happiest country in the world and for 2018, Finland has taken over this much coveted title.
Perhaps, it’s a Nordic thing! They seem to have uncovered some secret the rest of us are unaware about.
Meik Wiking, CEO of the Copenhagen-based Happiness Research Institute, told the AP that Nordic countries like Finland are ”doing something right in terms of creating good conditions for good lives.” Despite paying some of the highest taxes in the world, ”(Nordic countries) are good at converting wealth into well-being.”
True, these countries have far fewer immigrants than others like the U.S., John Helliwell, a co-editor of the World Happiness Report, said that people who immigrate to happier countries are often happier as well, overall.
(Can we go too?)
”The most striking finding of the report is the remarkable consistency between the happiness of immigrants and the locally born,” said Helliwell.