Why Finland And Denmark Are Happier Than The U.S.

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What does it take to be happy? The Nordic countries seem to have it all figured out. Finland and Denmark have consistently topped the United Nations’ most prestigious index, The World Happiness Report, in all six areas of life satisfaction: income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity.

Each year, a group of happiness experts from around the globe rank 156 countries based on how “happy” citizens are, and they publish their findings in the World Happiness Report. Happiness might seem like an elusive concept to quantify, but there is a science to it.

When researchers talk about “happiness,” they’re referring to “satisfaction with the way one’s life is going,” Jeff Sachs, co-creator of the World Happiness Report and a professor at Columbia University, tells CNBC Make It.

“It’s not primarily a measure of whether one laughed or smiled yesterday, but how one feels about the course of one’s life,” he says.

Since the report began in 2012, Nordic countries — which include Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland, plus the Faroe Islands, Greenland and Aland — consistently turn up at the top of the list. (The United States, on the other hand, typically lands somewhere around 18th or 19th place.)

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Are Nordic People Really That Happy?

💬 Comments on the video

The Nordic countries are societies. America is a business.

Author — Baker Kawesa


Here In Denmark we find it so funny and amusing that Americans actually think they are the best country in the world

Author — Tobias Madsen


As a European it‘s so weird to know that things we take here for granted don‘t exist in the US at all.

Author — Azad 12345


europe: *exists*

Author — chloe


She wanders in the woods eating mushrooms. No wonder she's happy.

Author — Joyce Dominguez


Not having to worry about healthcare and education takes away majority of burden for most people.

Author — Financial Shinanigan


Finn here. I can agree with this 100% and no, we are not drowning in taxes.

Author — MLX-1


I wouldn't move to the US even if someone offered me a job with huge earning possibilities. That's because I want to live in a society that's pleasant for not just for me, but to all others too, or at least to the absolute most of the people. I don't want to walk in the streets and see wretched homeless people everywhere.

Author — Finnstigator


The easiest way to think about the tax system here in Finland, is that it is actually an extremely cheap investment to yourself and the future of you and your loved ones.

I would have never been able to get the healthcare and education I have now, if I had just made my full salary (no taxes at all) and paid for all those things by myself, or made my family pay for them.
Someone close to me was diagnosed with cancer and I can't even imagine the added stress my family would feel now, if we had to not only worry about that person, but also worry about getting the money for the surgeries and medication. Scary thought.

Author — Noora L


1. you can go to school without getting shot the first day

Author — ihmineN


Very simple, they have a government working for the people instead of corporations.

Author — Snaakie


I am happy to pay taxes (I live in Finland). Here (my) money goes where it should go cause of no corruption, or at least not much. We have safety net if we fall, and we are happy to help others if they do. I just love my country <3.
We are bad in small talk cause saying nothing if you have nothing to say, is not seen bad thing in Finland. But if you get a finnish friend, they stay forever.

Author — Tuija Kartaslammi


Finland is actually Happiest Country in the World 2020, 3rd time in the row, 2018, 2019 and 2020 🇫🇮results came from United Nations 🌍 just Google it👏👱‍♀️God bless everyone, we take care of our own people in corona virus pandemic and even when life gets normal again🇫🇮👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👏Wishing all the best for every country and hopefully everybody just survives from these tough times until new dawn comes again ☀️👍🌄

Author — Finnish Finesse


I'm a lawful U.S. permanent resident and I would give it up for a Finnish residency.the U.S. is not the best country in the world to live in.

Author — Juan Garcia


leaving work because your'e stressed? **laughs in american**

Author — palomalikesstuff


Danish-American here. I grew up in the US (upper middle class). When I turned 18 I moved to Denmark to study and never looked back. While I was basking in the amazement of free education (actually getting paid every month to study) and free health care, my friends back home where getting progressively stressed out and angrier that they were being forced into this capitalistic hellhole of never ending debt, leading to a dead end job to pay it off and be able to survive. It still makes me sad to connect with those old friends, because of how their attitudes have soured over the years due to the condition of living for the vast majority of Americans and the very narrowed path presented to most, in order to be “successful”. Here I am in Denmark, I was by far the youngest to start studying. I remember thinking I was kind of edgey for taking a gap year after high school, but when I came to DK everyone sort of laughed, like, you only took one year off?! The outlooks on life are so much more relaxed because you know that you’ll always be taken care of, so you have a greater sense of security and thus freedom. Some scoff at this paradigm claiming its socialism or communism. These people are out of touch, when you look at the state of things in the two countries. Land of the free? Well Denmark certainly is (:

Author — Olivia s


I also noticed that all of these people are very healthy, they seem very fit and I think that may be a factor of happiness.

Author — Katie Thomas


Norway, Denmark and Finland is just so good brothers🇩🇰🇳🇴🇫🇮

Author — Milky


I wonder what the correlation is between intelligence and happiness cause a lot of the comments from Americans here are really idiotic.

Author — Chris Keene


I always wanted to visit these two countries. I am seriously investing in doing this very soon

Author — tracy grant