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Even during the pandemic, Finland continues to be the happiest country in the world.

According to the World Happiness Report, “People see Covid as a common and external threat, which affects everyone and which has generated a greater sense of solidarity and empathy.”

By Jair RibeiroPublished 2 years ago 3 min read
Even during the pandemic, Finland continues to be the happiest country in the world.
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Finland is the world’s happiest country in the year of the pandemic, according to the special World Happiness Report 2021 ranking, published by the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

The World Happiness Report, which annually ranks the world’s happiest countries, faced a new challenge this year: analyzing the pandemic’s effects on people’s subjective wellbeing, was released last March 20, not casually guess, the International Day of Happiness.

As in previous years, the high ranking is based primarily on the population’s trust in their community, an element that has helped protect people’s wellbeing in this time of the pandemic. Finland has been confirmed as the standings leader.

Note: Brazil, the country where I was born, which in the collective mind was always considered a happy country, according to the report is rated 41st, worst (but not so far) from the country where I live, Poland, at the 39th position in the ranking.

Something to think about…

The pandemic reminds us of all the environmental threats we face. It afflicts the urgent need for collaboration and the difficulties in obtaining such collaboration in every country and globally.

The World Happiness Report 2021 reminds us that we must work for wellbeing rather than mere wealth, which will be highly precarious if we do not improve our approach to managing the challenge of sustainable development.

The Report sought to answer a fundamental question: Why are mortality rates so disparate around the world?

The figure is much higher in America and Europe than in Asia, Australia, and Africa. Whether or not it is an island, the population’s age and proximity to other highly infected areas are all deciding factors.

Furthermore, some cultural differences have contributed to modifying the rate:

  • Trust in public institutions
  • Knowledge gained from previous epidemics
  • Income inequality
  • The presence of a woman as the head of government
  • Even the likelihood of finding lost property wallet

According to the report, one of the pandemic’s significant consequences and the subsequent lockdown was mental health.

When the pandemic began, there was a significant and immediate decline in mental health levels in several countries. Estimates vary greatly depending on the measurement criteria used, but the qualitative data is consistent.

For example, as explained in the Report, in the United Kingdom, the overall mental health rate in May 2020 was 7.7 percent lower than expected if there had been no pandemic. The number of mental health issues was 47 percent higher.

“Living long is just as important as living well.” “In terms of the number of ‘happy’ years of life per person, the world has made great progress in recent decades, which even Covid-19 has not been able to erase,” says Richard Layard, co-director of the Well-Being Program at the London School of Economics Center for Economic Performance.

As one might expect, given the various lockdowns over the last year and the social distancing, the pandemic has had a significant impact on work, limiting contacts between colleagues and increasing feelings of loneliness and isolation, particularly among those who already suffer from it. the outcomes


My takeaway from reading this Report is that happiness does not depend on paychecks, and social relationships and a sense of identity are far more critical factors today.

The Report’s findings lead me to envision a future of ‘hybrid’ work, with a more outstanding balance of office and remote activities, allowing us to maintain social relationships more efficiently and provide greater flexibility for workers.

That’s what we all are waiting for, right?


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  • Article: The pandemic has had a significant impact on …. https://www.peoplematters.in/article/strategic-hr/how-the-pandemic-forced-organizations-to-review-expectations-and-targets-28518
  • The 20 Happiest Countries In The World In 2021 (Guess …. https://www.forbes.com/sites/laurabegleybloom/2021/03/19/the-20-happiest-countries-in-the-world-in-2021/
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  • Covid-19 changed the world in many ways. But its happiest …. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/covid-19-changed-the-world-in-many-ways-but-its-happiest-country-stayed-the-same/ar-BB1eL35U
  • Finland Named Happiest Country Four Years in a Row …. https://people.com/human-interest/this-european-country-was-just-named-the-happiest-in-the-world-for-the-fourth-time-in-a-row/
  • Press Releases — illy. https://www.illy.com/en-us/company/store-events/press/press-releases

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Jair Ribeiro

A passionate and enthusiastic Artificial Intelligence Evangelist who writes about people's experiences with technology and innovation.

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