The World Economic Forum World Happiness Report 2018 rated Finland as the Happiest Country in the World. This accolade comes as no surprise to anyone who has spent time in this clean, green, safe country with a high quality of life.
Finland, is commonly referred to as the Land of a Thousand Lakes, (although, in reality there are more than 188,000 Lakes). It is also a Land of Thousands of Forests, covering over 70% of the Country and resulting in an area larger than the United Kingdom or Italy.
These lakes and forests are looked on for both recreation and relaxation. Couple this with the cosmopolitan lifestyle in cities such as Helsinki, Turku and Tampere, where it is possible to shop in internationally known stores, dine anywhere from a Michelin Star restaurant to a burger van, visit museums and art galleries, attend the theatre, opera or ballet, chill out at a pavement café with a coffee and watch the world go by or merely stroll through the many parks and open spaces. It becomes obvious why Finland is seen as the happiest place in the world.
This does not mean that the residents walk around with grins on their faces. In reality it manifests itself as inner contentment and satisfaction, further enhanced by the high standard of education and healthcare, with low levels of crime and discrimination of any type.
The result is that a student can take advantage of receiving a world class level of education in a beautiful, clean, and relaxed environment. And their parents can be assured that their children will be safe and secure whilst away from the protection of their friends and family.