OFF TO FINLAND – happiest country in the world

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Did you know that Finland is considered to be the happiest country in the world? As a matter of fact, the United Nations has published the ranking for “global happiness” of 149 countries worldwide in their yearly happiness report. Finland tops this list for the fourth time in a row! Various criteria such as gross domestic product (GDP), life expectancy, freedom of choice, social support and even the indexes for the measurement of corruption in every country were used to rank the various countries.

In this article, we will reveal to you Finland’s secrets regarding how it became the happiest country in the world…

Ritual of relaxation

Sharing amongst each other is the key to success in Finland. It is apparent that visits to the sauna count as one of these Finnish rituals. In Finland, there are approximately 3 million saunas! Unbelievable, right? This number is even more impressive in relation to the Finnish population of around 5.5 million (2019)!

The sauna is actually the perfect place to meet friends. There are saunas in almost every city in Finland. One city is notable to highlight: Tampere (two hours on the train from Helsinki). In 2019 Tampere earned the title of “sauna capital of the world”.

Public saunas such as the Rajaportti Sauna (the oldest in the country) or the Löyly Design Sauna (open since 2016 in Helsinki) can be found across the entire country.

Spectacular landscapes

Santa Claus Village

Have you ever dreamt of meeting Santa Claus? Well, for that to happen you need to travel to Finland. More precisely to the city of Rovaniemi, the capital of the Finnish Lapland. There you will have the opportunity to visit Santa Claus’ office. In a nutshell, Rovaniemi is a dream destination regardless of the season. There is no time for boredom when you visit Rovaniemi in the winter. You can participate in many winter activities such as safaris on snowmobiles or sledding with reindeer. In the summer you can enjoy a river cruise and discover secret places in the city…

Sounds wonderful, no?

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Aurora borealis

In addition, you can see the northern lights on approximately 200 nights a year. The lights are best to view between September and March. In the Finnish Lapland, many hotels offer an unforgettable night of seeing the northern lights. Arctic Treehouse, the Snowman World Igloo and the Seaside Glass Villas are among some of the best hotels.

Ecofriendly

In a study by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2018, it was established that the air in Finland ranked as the purest in the world. In a world in which our health and environment are continuously damaged through pollution, people are constantly seeking healthier ways of living.

Finland has a large land area. The population density is relatively low and there are not many large cities in the country. Finland is one of the most scarcely settled countries in Europe. The country has a large share of protected green spaces. The numbers speak for themselves: 75% of the Finnish land area is forest area and there are around 188.000 lakes as well as 39 national parks.

Furthermore, the European Union appointed Lahti as the “green capital of Europe 2021”. Lahti strives to be the model city by contributing to the preservation of the environment through environmental initiatives. The most important measures are the abandonment of coal use and the fundamental cleaning of lakes.

So: prepare yourself, buy your tickets and make your way to Finland – the happiest country in the world.

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Evan