Most Finns feel happy at least relatively often, indicates a survey by Alma Media.
The survey found that the happiest regions in Finland are Uusimaa and Lapland, with 90 per cent of respondents from Uusimaa and 89 per cent of respondents from Lapland indicating they feel happy at least relatively often.
In Pirkanmaa, 36 per cent of respondents said they feel generally happy and 48 per cent that they feel happy relatively often. The corresponding nationwide figures were 38 per cent and 47 per cent, suggesting there has been no notable change in the happiness of Finns since 2016, according to Alma Media.
The survey also found that under 35-year-olds are slightly happier than middle-aged Finns, with 87 per cent of under 35-year-old respondents saying they feel happy at least relatively often. Young age, however, did not correlate directly with happiness as also 87 per cent of over 65-year-old said they feel happy at least relatively often.
Timo Airaksinen, a professor of moral philosophy at the University of Helsinki, says the survey results should be taken with a grain of salt.
“People responding to these kinds of surveys tend to think that ‘I’m happy’ is the right answer. The human life isn’t that great in reality, but it’s also not like people start listing their troubles when asked,” he explained.
He also points out that factors such as contentment, health status, income level and interpersonal relationships contribute to the level of happiness.
His comments are corroborated by the survey results: high-income earners and people in relationships were happier than the average respondent, whereas people living alone and people earning less than 20,000 euros a year accounted for the largest share of respondents who indicated they only feel happy rarely.
Aleksi Teivainen – HT
Photo: Onni Ojala – Lehtikuva
Source: Uusi Suomi