Much to the amazement of practically the entire country, in 2018 the UN declared Finland to be the happiest country on Earth. The 2018 World Happiness Report revealed that the top four places were taken by Nordic nations, with Finland followed by Norway, Denmark and Iceland. (To the Finnish public’s great satisfaction, Sweden only managed a lowly ninth.) The report, an annual publication from the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, stated that Nordic countries did marvellously when it came to income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity. However, there’s a lot more to Finnish happiness that those wonderful things. Let’s take a look at the real reasons why Finns are so happy.