Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Finland is #1 four times in a row


Did you know that every year in March the UN releases a World Happiness Report of 100 Countries and in 2021 Finland came in first for the fourth year in a row. As a matter of fact all the Nordic countries were in the top ten.

While researching this I came across a 1987 stamp printed in Finland that seems to demonstrate that they are joyous people.

Finland folks don‘t shy from heavy lifting and their work ethic is high. In many ways Finland seems the last place that would win the Happiest Country award. It is a land of extremes with cold, dark winters that alternate with warm and light-filled summers and they are not ruled by the almighty dollar as we seem to be here in the US. They have no desire to build gaudy and expensive places where visitors will overpay to visit them.

They, very simply, have the ability to accept life as it is and that rules their lives and makes them #1.  They take each day as it comes and I think their quirky sense of humor tells it all. 

Even the pandemic is not a "downer" to them.  When advised to "wear masks and be sure to stand 2 meters apart" their answer was,   

"2 meters! Why do we need to be so close?"


Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

Sounds terrific. And with a sense of humor--what's not to love?

6:07 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Hah! Good one. They make good hockey players too.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Marie Smith said...

Yay, Finland. Scandinavia has gotten a lot of things right!

6:01 AM  
Blogger Bonnie Jacobs said...

Even the stamp's colors seem joyful.

8:09 AM  
Blogger Terra said...

That stamp looks very cheery. I read a book a while ago about the world's happiest countries, it was fascinating and I am sure Finland was up at the top.

9:36 PM  

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