Mahendra Kumawat

Where do the happiest people in the world live?

"Which nation is the happiest in the world?". How would you answer this question? Most likely, you would say that the happiest people in the world are those people who live in warm countries, for example, Spain, Australia or the inhabitants of South America, because the sun always shines for them, they smile and have fun, love to dance and gladly make contact with other people. It turns out that this is not the case, which is also confirmed by reviews on the site

According to the World Happiness Report, the UN's annual report on the happiness of the population of various countries, Finland ranked first in the ranking of the happiest countries from 2018 to 2020. Behind her followed, alternating, Norway, Denmark and Iceland. The assessment of the happiness of the population is carried out using six factors: life expectancy, gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, social support (social protection), generosity, freedom of citizens and their attitude to corruption.

It would seem that the countries of Scandinavia (traditionally Denmark, Sweden and Norway), where there is little sun, cold climate, high prices and high taxes. A bus ticket, for example, in Norway costs about 300 rubles, converting from the Norwegian krone to rubles. It also has the most expensive gasoline and even the most expensive hamburgers. Why are Scandinavian countries so expensive? The answer is simple: they have a high standard of living. And that's not to mention the incredibly beautiful nature, the northern lights, free education, a balance between work and family life (many businesses and offices in Denmark close until 5 pm), the benefits of outdoor activities and the largest number of vacation days in any country in the world.

Most scientists are inclined to believe that the Scandinavians pay great attention and, in general, spend a lot of time in nature, which makes them happier than other nations. In Norway, people are engaged in "friluftsliv", which means "free life in the open air" in Norwegian. Its main goal is to achieve harmony with nature and with ourselves.

Friluftsliv is not just a walk in the park. This is a full-fledged connection with nature, for example, a trip to the forest or, as the Norwegians themselves like to do, rest in a cabin. It is customary to go there on weekends with whole families. The peculiarity of such huts is that they lack elements of civilization, except for basic necessities.

In addition to friluftsliv in Norway, they love to play sports. The most popular outdoor activities there are: hiking, biking, hiking, mountaineering, spending the night in caves and base jumping (an extreme sport when people jump from certain objects with a special parachute).

A high standard of living, no doubt, has a charitable effect on the quality of life of the population. Scandinavians devote a sufficient amount of time not only to work, but also to family, because they understand how important this is. In addition, early closure of enterprises and offices, no overwork and part-time work on weekends allow this. The state provides great assistance to parents, supports the birth of children and allows not only mothers to take maternity leave, but also fathers, and you can spend time with your child and not worry about material well-being, because parents on maternity leave have the right to receive 80% of their regular salary.

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