Each year the UN releases a World Happiness Report showing which are the best countries to live in the world. 2020's version has seen Finland come out in the top spot again – that is for the fourth year running! Pipping countries like Denmark, Switzerland, and Iceland to the post, Finland has emerged triumphant once more. This is naturally an excellent result for the country and shows just what a great place it is to live.
A survey commissioned by Pohjola Insurance indicates that people in Finland are currently dreaming of everyday things. In addition to spring cleaning, they have set their sights on a holiday at a cabin and doing something concrete with friends and family.
Pohjola Insurance commissioned a survey on the bucket lists people in Finland currently have. More than 70 per cent of their dreams this year have to do with wellbeing and a better life.
For Finland, winter is the longest season, lasting for roughly one hundred days in the southwestern region of the country and roughly two hundred days in Lapland. Close to the Arctic Circle, there are also of course polar nights which involve days of complete darkness.
As a result of these cold and dark nights, Finns have adapted to indoor leisure over the centuries.
Although much of the discussion about how we are spending our time in the digital age revolves around how we can harness technology to get closer to friends and loved ones, comparatively less focus has been placed on how technology is enabling us to spend time alone.
With its vegan and organic ingredients, HairLust is becoming one of the most popular hair care brands in Finland. The haircare brand offers everything you need to tame your tresses and protect against damaged and split ends.
As the coronavirus scourge continues to wreak havoc all over the world, millions of Finns have been forced to stay at home. As much fun as suddenly finding ourselves thrust into the apocalypse is, it stands to reason that we may need a little bit of inspiration regarding what to do with all our new-found free time, as with all these precautionary measures comes boredom.
Finland is known for its long, cold winters, its beautiful landscape and its extensive welfare system. Furthermore, low corruption, high-levels of trust and an exemplary education system has led to what many now refer to as the roots of Finnish contentment.
It will come as no surprise that Finland has once again topped the UN's 2020 World Happiness Report. At this point, the shock will arrive once it does not feature at the top of the list. The UN World Happiness Report is based on a variety of factors, including autonomy, equality, life expectancy and mental health.
According to a study conducted by the Finnish Institute of Health and Welfare (THL), 3 per cent of Finns are facing gambling-related problems. The amount of players with a gambling problem has stayed the same over the past few years. However, during that same time playing at a high-risk level has been decreasing within both women and men. How will the Coronavirus pandemic affect these numbers, remains to be seen, but for now the numbers are looking surprisingly good. What are the factors that could explain these changes?
Fifty-five per cent of Finnish citizens play mobile, console or PC video games according to analytical firm Statista. This translates to over €2.5 billion added to the country’s economy through in-game purchases and taxes.
But similar to many countries, Finland’s gaming sector is immensely diverse. It’s also a fast-growing industry thanks to snowballing gaming culture, adequately equipped studios and a supportive government.
One of the most common stereotypes that I confront in Finland as a foreigner, and man of color, is that men like me moved to Finland to take Finnish women. First of all, this stereotype forces every foreign man and Finnish woman into a narrow stereotype that ignores the more positive story. Many of us just want to be productive members of Finnish society who want to work, fall in love, and maybe raise a family. Second, the notion of taking a Finnish woman, or any woman for that matter, renders that woman voiceless and incapable of making independent romantic choices.