One happy country

There are a lot of topics that could be covered when asked the question of what it means to be a Finn. I believe everyone has their own perception of it from the background and experiences they have.  The first things that come to my mind are nature, trust, sisu, and humbleness. Also, the stereotypical, less glamorous, Finnish traits such as being introverted or having heavy drinking habits.

By the time I’m writing this Finland has been voted the happiest country for the seventh time in a row now. Everyone can judge on their own how accurate this report may be, but this raises a common question asking how we achieve being the happiest country or if this is accurate. Often at first, this title is taken quite skeptically. It’s certainly common among Finnish people to discuss the faults or developing points we think there are in Finnish society. This bubble of focusing on the faults we have can make us forget the real qualities we still have with our nature, education, and trustworthy people. In conclusion, in Finnishness, it’s rare to praise ourselves or the state of our society among other Finnish people but to others we present our culture with pride.


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