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I stopped 10 people on the streets of Finland, the happiest country in the world, to find out what their secret is

INSIDER Logo By Rachel Hosie of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 11: 
  Finland was named the happiest country in the world in 2019
  for the second year running in the annual 
    World Happiness Report.
  
  I traveled to Finland to ask residents of all ages why they
  think the Nordic nation came out top, and whether Finns really
  are happy.
  
  While one person thought alcohol was the secret to happiness,
  most agreed that the welfare system, healthcare provision, and
  free education were key factors.
  
  I also learned that Finnish happiness isn't an outwardly
  exuberant zest for life, but more of a reserved contentedness and
  inner peace.
  
  
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  In 2019, Finland was ranked the happiest nation in the world for
  the second year running.

  The annual 
  World Happiness Report awarded the Nordic country the top
  spot after analyzing factors including GDP per capita, social
  support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity, and
  absence of corruption, 
  as per Reuters.

  The report also asked citizens of the 156 nations analyzed to
  rate their own happiness by evaluating their lives.

  Considering Finland is very dark and cold for much of the year,
  on paper it's surprising that its people are apparently so happy.

  In a bid to get to the bottom of the matter and find out just why
  the Finns are so happy - if indeed they really are - I traveled
  to Helsinki and then Lapland and asked residents of all ages what
  their secret is.

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  • Finland was named the happiest country in the world in 2019 for the second year running in the annual World Happiness Report.
  • I traveled to Finland to ask residents of all ages why they think the Nordic nation came out top, and whether Finns really are happy.
  • While one person thought alcohol was the secret to happiness, most agreed that the welfare system, healthcare provision, and free education were key factors.
  • I also learned that Finnish happiness isn't an outwardly exuberant zest for life, but more of a reserved contentedness and inner peace.

In 2019, Finland was ranked the happiest nation in the world for the second year running.

The annual World Happiness Report awarded the Nordic country the top spot after analyzing factors including GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity, and absence of corruption, as per Reuters.

The report also asked citizens of the 156 nations analyzed to rate their own happiness by evaluating their lives.

Considering Finland is very dark and cold for much of the year, on paper it's surprising that its people are apparently so happy.

In a bid to get to the bottom of the matter and find out just why the Finns are so happy - if indeed they really are - I traveled to Helsinki and then Lapland and asked residents of all ages what their secret is. Click through this gallery to continue reading. 

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