In Finland, a relatively egalitarian society, people are not fixated on “keeping up with Jones”.
“People often do very well in social comparison,” said Antti Kauppinen, a philosophy professor at the University of Helsinki. “It starts with education; Everyone has access to good education. Income and wealth differences are relatively small. “
David Pfister, an Austrian architect who lives in Olunkilya, a suburb of Helsinki, said he would describe the Finns as content, but it was difficult to say if they were happy. “The child has increased our happiness,” said Veera Yalnimi, a teacher. Another man in the same suburb, 49-year-old Jeanne Berlini, said she was quite happy. “I have work,” he said. “Basic things are in order.”
People in Finland have realistic expectations for their lives. But when life exceeds certain expectations, people will often act with humility, prioritizing a self-discouraging joke over bragging, said Sari Pohonen, a linguist professor at Jyotivayala University. Finn said, he is prosecuted for keeping his happiness a secret.
This year’s report received very little attention in the Finnish news media. “Finland is still the happiest country in the world,” Started a short article that ran on page 19 in Ilta-Sanomat, A daily newspaper.
All countries ranked in the top 10 – including four other Nordic countries – have different political philosophies than the United States, number 14 on the list, behind Ireland and ahead of Canada. Dr. Wang stated that lower levels of happiness in the United States may be driven by social conflicts, drug addiction, lack of access to health care and income inequality.
Things are far from perfect in Finland. Like other parts of the continent, far-right nationalism is on the rise, and unemployment stands at 8.1 percent, higher than the average unemployment rate of 7.5 percent in the European Union.