Helsinki’s historic waterfront

The 2018 World Happiness Report named Finland as the world’s happiest country. In fact, the top four of the 156 countries measured were all Nordic – Finland, Norway, Denmark, and Iceland (“unhappy” Sweden popped in at number nine.  The good old US of A?  Eighteenth).

The 2018 report is a cumulation of 2015-2017 while the prior report contained data from 2008-2010.  Comparing the two reports, you may want to explore Finland as a second home, if for no other reason than improving your mood.  The latest report shows that the US happiness index is down 0.315 points while Finland gained 0.100 points. This may not seem like a lot, but the index is an eight-point scale, making a 0.415 point separation a significant 19 percent.