According to a new survey by the Finnish Business and Policy Forum (EVA), a growing number of Finns consider themselves unhappy. While Finland topped the list of happiest countries for the fourth time in a row this year, happiness levels in the country have reportedly fallen slightly since 2016.
As per the survey, 20 per cent of Finns are unhappy, compared to 17 per cent in 2016. In a press release, Research Manager at EVA Ilkka Haavisto stated that the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic have likely contributed to the declining mental health and wellbeing of the country’s population.
The study found that Finland’s workforce, particularly those aged 26–55, have experienced a significant drop in happiness levels. Entrepreneurs, people in leadership positions and academics also reported a considerable decline in wellbeing.
While 76 per cent of Finns felt that they were relatively content and satisfied with their lives, the figure was 80 per cent in 2016. Additionally, health, livelihood and fulfilling relationships were considered essential factors for happiness. The survey, which was conducted last October, had over 2,000 respondents between the ages of 18 and 79.