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Happy international day of happiness! I think we can all need a bit of joy these days – what is a little thing that has brought you happiness today? For me, the smell of the homemade bread we made and the prospect of many more baking and cooking sessions in our kitchen in the near future is putting a smile on my face. It’s all about those little things, especially now.

Yet again Finland has been crowned the happiest country according to the 2020 World Happiness Report by the UN released today! This is the third year in a row Finland is the winner. This report is based on measuring how happy people are and why, and it is great to see yet again that all the five Nordic countries are in the top 10 and the happiest places on earth. In fact, the Nordic countries have been dominating the top spots in this report for all of the eight years it has been published and made a habit of swapping places on the top each year. Three of the region’s countries have been crowned in the past five years: Denmark, Norway and Finland.

The top 10 happiest countries 2020;

(With the 2019 ranking in brackets)

  1. Finland (1)
  2. Denmark (2)
  3. Switzerland (6)
  4. Iceland (4)
  5. Norway (3)
  6. The Netherlands (5)
  7. Sweden (7)
  8. New Zealand (8)
  9. Austria (10)
  10. Luxembourg

The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. This year, for the first time, the World Happiness Report 2020 also ranks cities around the world by their subjective well-being and digs more deeply into how the social, urban and natural environments combine to affect our happiness. The top 10 spots is dominated by Scandinavian cities, with Finland’s capital Helsinki ranked as the happiest city in the world.

The top 10 happiest cities 2020;

  1. Helsinki, Finland
  2. Aarhus, Denmark
  3. Wellington, New Zealand
  4. Zurich, Switzerland
  5. Copenhagen, Denmark
  6. Bergen, Norway
  7. Oslo, Norway
  8. Tel Aviv, Israel
  9. Stockholm, Sweden
  10. Brisbane, Australia

“The World Happiness Report has proven to be an indispensable tool for policymakers looking to better understand what makes people happy and thereby to promote the wellbeing of their citizenry,” said Jeffrey Sachs. “Time and again we see the reasons for wellbeing include good social support networks, social trust, honest governments, safe environments, and healthy lives.”

You can read the full World Happiness Report 2020 here.

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^ And for those of you wondering about the bread, here is a close up. There is something so hyggelig about the smell of fresh bread, am I right?..

// Photo credit: Ingrid Opstad


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