Why Is Finland (And Lapland) So Happy?

The not-so-secret recipe for happiness

Picture this: it’s your seventh year running as the champion of happiness worldwide. What’s Finland’s secret for being happy? Well, it turns out it’s a combination of some pretty incredible ingredients.

Peace: The Finnish Way

First off, peace isn’t just a word in Finland; it’s a lifestyle. Imagine living in a place where the hustle and bustle of city life don’t mean blaring car horns and crowded sidewalks but rather a serene atmosphere where everyone respects each other’s space and well-being. In Finland, tranquility isn’t just found; it’s cultivated.

Lapland Tip:

Enjoy the peace of a traditional Lapland kota in the wilderness. The silence of snowy trees is a perfect backdrop for meditation & reflection.

Snowshoeing to a Lapland kota, just one of the reasons Finland is the happiest country in the world for the 7th year in a row!

Public Safety: Safe as House’s

Then there’s public safety. In Finland, you can leave your bike unlocked or your doors open. Okay, maybe not everywhere or all the time, but it’s the general sense of trust and security that envelops you. Knowing that you’re safe and sound, whether you’re out late at night under the Northern Lights or wandering a snowy park in the early morning, adds a whole lot of happiness to daily life.

Safe Lapland villages, just one of the reasons Finland is the happiest country in the world for the 7th year in a row!

Lapland Tip:

Explore the small, cozy villages of Lapland with ease. Here, you can enjoy evening walks under the Northern Lights without a worry.

Speaking of Northern Lights…

The Aurora Borealis isn’t just a bucket list item; it’s a regular show for the Finns, especially up north in Lapland. Imagine the sheer joy and awe of looking up to see the sky dance in vibrant colors. It’s not just a light show; it’s a reminder of the wonders our world holds.

Lapland Tip:

Book a stay in a glass igloo to watch Northern Lights from your bed. It’s a magical way to experience one of nature’s greatest shows.

Northern Lights and Lapland's world-famous glass igloos, just one of the reasons Finland is the happiest country in the world for the 7th year in a row!

And Then Comes the Midnight Sun

Forget about your regular day-night cycle. During summer in Lapland, the sun doesn’t set at all. Yes, 24 hours of daylight! It gives “nightlife” a whole new meaning. Whether it’s 2 p.m. or 2 a.m., you can be out hiking, fishing, or just enjoying a picnic under the sun that refuses to sleep.

Hiking under Lapland's Midnight Sun, just one of the reasons Finland is the happiest country in the world for the 7th year in a row!

Lapland Tip:

Take advantage of the Midnight Sun to go on a night hiking or kayaking. 24-hours of daylight in summer in the Arctic makes it possible.

Sauna: The Finnish Tradition

Sauna is to Finland what pizza is to Italy. It’s a sacred ritual, a communal experience that cleanses the body and soul. Nearly every Finnish home has one. After a dip in a cold lake, warming up in a sauna is not just relaxing; it’s a way to connect with yourself and others on a different level.

Lapland Tip:

Visit a sauna on the shores of a lake. The contrast between a hot sauna and a cold plunge is a thrilling and rejuvenating Finnish tradition.

Lapland's lakeside saunas, just one of the reasons Finland is the happiest country in the world for the 7th year in a row!

The Taste of Nature

The Finnish connection with nature goes beyond just enjoying the view. It’s about tasting it. Whether it’s foraging for berries in the forest, catching fish from a pristine lake, or enjoying freshly baked rye bread, the flavors of Finland are a direct pipeline to happiness.

Fresh Lapland cloudberries, just one of the reasons Finland is the happiest country in the world for the 7th year in a row!

Lapland Tip:

Forage for cloudberries in the wild during late summer. These rare berries are a delicacy, perfect for jams or simply enjoying fresh.

Local Connections

Finally, the cherry on top: the community. Despite the love for peace and quiet, Finns deeply value their local connections. Whether it’s a chat in the sauna, helping out a neighbor, or just sharing a silent moment of appreciation for the midnight sun, these moments of connection are what truly define Finnish happiness.

Lapland Tip:

Join a Sámi cultural experience. Discover indigenous traditions, reindeer herding, and savor a meal in a laavu for a deeper connection.

The reindeer of Lapland, just one of the reasons Finland is the happiest country in the world for the 7th year in a row!

So there you have it. Finland’s recipe for happiness isn’t just about one or two things; it’s a blend of peace, safety, nature, and community. It’s about living a life that’s connected to others and the world around us in the most beautiful ways. And honestly, who wouldn’t be happy with that?

Your Own Little Piece of Happiness

Here are some of our gifts and souvenirs that we hope will bring you a smile.

Northern Lights necklace – Dancer

Lapland Air Force T-shirt

Husky Soft Toy 27 cm

Lapland's northern lights on frosty winter nights, just one of the reasons Finland is the happiest country in the world for the 7th year in a row!
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