FINLAND - The World’s Happiest People

Arno Froese

Finland topped the ranking of the world’s happiest countries for the second year in a row, with the Nordic countries taking the leading spots, an annual survey showed.

South Sudan came last in the U.N. Sustainable Development Solutions Network’s 2019 World Happiness Report.

It ranked 156 countries according to things such as GDP per capita, social support, healthy life expectancy, social freedom, generosity and absence of corruption.

Taking the harsh, dark winters in their stride, Finns’ happiness is boosted by access to nature, safety, affordable childcare, free education and heavily subsidized healthcare.

The top 10 was again dominated by the Nordics, with Denmark, Norway and Iceland taking the other leading spots followed by Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, New Zealand, Canada and Austria. The United States dropped one place to 19th.

Among the 20 top gainers since the 2005-2008 average ranking were 10 countries in Central and Eastern Europe, five in sub-Saharan Africa and three in Latin America, while the five that fell the most were Yemen, India, Syria, Botswana and Venezuela.

-www.reuters.com, 20 March 2019

Arno's commentary

Finland, with a population of a little over 5.5 million, has an excellent report card when it comes to quality of life. Life expectancy is 81.1 years, with $44,500 per capita GDP. On international crime rate statistics, Finland places 174; the worst country is Burundi in place 1, with the United States in place 94. Like most European countries, there is a strong emphasis by the government to assure the well-being of its citizens, regardless of income.

What this ranking report shows is that there is no place to hide. Whether it’s the United Nations or one of many other movements and organizations, facts on the ground are being tested, tabulated, and presented to the world. That, quite naturally, is just another avenue to unite planet earth.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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