According to the World Happiness Report 2021 on March 19, Finland continues to be the happiest country in the world. Indeed, Finland “ranked very high on the measures of mutual trust that have helped to protect lives and livelihoods during the pandemic”, said the report’s author. Behind this country, the list has Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Luxembourg, New Zealand, and Austria.
In fact, this is the 4th consecutive year that Finland crowns the list of “happiest countries in the world”. The rankings are evaluated based on GDP per capita, social support, generosity, healthy expectations, freedom to choose life, perceptions of corruption, etc.
So, are you seeing this country interesting for your next trip?
Where Finland is Located?
Finland is a country of Northern Europe. It’s bordering on the Scandinavian peninsula in the east, Sweden in the west, Norway in the north, and Russia in the east.
The country is one of the most sparsely populated countries in Europe. Within, Lapland – the northernmost area of the country, is even more sparsely populated. In contrast, the more crowded capital Helsinki is the largest city in Finland.
What to Do in the World Happiest Country?
Certainly, the happiest country in the world has many interesting things to do alongside. On top of that, the Rovaniemi region in Finland is a well-known aurora arctic viewpoint that attracts visitors from all over the world. To see this phenomenon, the required factors are the clear sky, patience, and a little luck. The right time to “hunt” Northern Lights in Finland is from October to early March next year. Additionally, Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi city is considered the primary home of Santa Claus, aka the Father Christmas. Yes, the village has an office that responds to mail and welcomes visitors year-round. According to stories, because of his home in a remote area, in 1985, Santa Claus with the help of local authorities to open an office that welcomes children around the world.
Besides that, the capital Helsinki is a prominent city with many parks, green forests, lakes, and unique ancient architectures. This place is one of the top tourist choices when coming to Finland. Have you known that Helsinki is also known as the “Daughter of the Baltic”? That’s such a cool name for the city!
The Menu of Finland Food
Rye bread is quite popular Finnish food. The ingredients to make this dish include rye, butter, cheese, ham, pickled cucumber, etc. You can consider buying this bread as a gift if you come here.
Also, here’s a list of Finnish foods that you can try while traveling to the country:
- Reindeer meat, a specialty of the land.
- Valkosipulikeitto or Garlic Soup.
- Mustamakkara the Black Sausage.
- Kalakukko the Fish Bread, a traditional dish of Finnish people.
- Finnish Herring from the Baltic.
- Loimulohi the Blazed Salmon.
- Glögi, a Finland’s special drink.
- World Happiness Report 2021, In a Lamentable Year, Finland Again is the Happiest Country in the World. [online] https://worldhappiness.report/blog/in-a-lamentable-year-finland-again-is-the-happiest-country-in-the-world/ [Accessed 27 Mar. 2021].
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