You might not know much about Finland, but you have probably already heard that it’s one of the best places in the world to live. This is measured by the happiness index, quality of living, employment rates, and the general feeling of the Finnish population.
But what makes Finland the happiest country in the world? What is the Finnish lifestyle like? What are the habits of the Finnish contribute to their happiness? We’re going to cover a few of these below.
Relaxing (especially in a sauna!)
The Finnish love a sauna. We’re not talking about visiting the spa every now and again for a soak in the sauna, we’re talking about having one at home. In fact, it’s very common in Finland to have an at-home sauna, and it’s very common to spend a lot of time there.
If you had access to a sauna at home, it’s hard to imagine being stressed. It’s also a family-orientated activity and so it’s a great chance for the Finns to bond with their nearest and dearest.
Music and Entertainment
Some of the biggest and best rock bands in the world come from Finland, including HIM, The Rasmus, and of course, Lordi. Music, especially rock, forms part of the Finnish culture, and attending concerts is a favorite past-time.
According to NettikasinotKuninkaat.com, online casinos are another thing that Finnish people enjoy. A relaxed gambling industry and high incomes mean that casino sites are easily accessed in Finland and it’s growing to become one of the biggest markets in the world.
Finland is known for being cold. In winter, it’s freezing, but the Finnish are well prepared. Imagine pristine snow and beautiful wildlife every winter, just the thought is idyllic. However, Finland is also a very pleasant place in the summer.
Spring and summer temperatures are very pleasant, making Helsinki a hot spot for tourism, beers, and alfresco dining from April until September. The Finnish spend a lot of time outside in all seasons, and the low pollution levels make it a great experience year-round. On average, people in Finland spend 30% more time outside than those in the UK, for example.
It’s very common in Finland to have a second home, known as a summer home. This means taking a break from work and your hometown and escaping to somewhere much more beautiful, usually on a lake.
Finnish people also travel a lot outside of the country, and Finland’s ideal location makes this easy to do. It’s within a 3-4 hour flight from everywhere in Europe, including popular summer locations like Spain and Portugal.
Sure, living in Finland isn’t perfect, but it’s clear why the country tops the best places to live list every single year. The Finnish are the happiest population in the world, and the rest of the world has some work to do if they want to catch up. The closest country is the Netherlands, which is also often tipped as one of the best places to live, raise children and retire.