While the year 2021 remains in the continuity of 2020, that is to say rather gloomy, a country seems hermetic to the atmosphere caused in part by the health crisis. This Friday, March 19, Finland was named the happiest country in the world by the World Happiness Report.
And this is no longer a novelty for the Nordic country which has recorded its fourth consecutive year at the top of the ranking. With a score of 7,842, Finland is ahead of Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland and the Netherlands, which recently landed in this top 5.
This year, Europe predominantly dominates the ranking despite the presence of the coronavirus. Behind Germany (7,155), the United Kingdom (7,064) or even Belgium (6,834), France finds itself in 21st place in the ranking with a score of 6,690. A rather optimistic result since it gained two points more than last year.
This study has been published since 2012 by the United Nations and uses Gallup polls. The latter question the inhabitants of the 150 countries in the ranking, on their own level of happiness. These results are then calculated based on GDP and other indices of corruption, individual freedom and solidarity.
However, with the pandemic that has hit the world for a little over a year, the World Happiness Report has had to take the coronavirus into account. A unique challenge to try to understand the pandemic effect.
In its report, the measure of happiness explains “having focused on the effects of Covid-19 and on how people around the world have fared”. And the most favourable factor for happiness that emerged was people’s trust in each other and in their governments.