Finland & Iceland named as 'happiest countries' in the world thanks to 'universal' benefit

Healthcare is a hot topic at the moment amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. In a ranking of the happiest countries in the world, experts have concluded there is a significant link between the access to universal healthcare and overall happiness.

For Britons looking to embark on expat life, this overall happiness could be a driving factor in deciding where to relocate.

According to data from the World Happiness Report, Finland ranks as the country whose citizens are the “happiest”.

The nation has a happiness ranking of 7.8, marking it as the “happiest country in the world”.

This is down to a number of factors including life expectancy, freedom, financial aspects and levels of corruption.

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In terms of overall happiness, Denmark came in second place, achieving a score of 7.6.

For healthcare access and quality, the nation achieved a score of 85.7

It was joined by Switzerland, which also scored a Happiness Index score of 7.6.

Other nations to feature in the top 10 happiest countries include Norway, Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand, Austria and Canada.

However, experts from Lenstore also highlighted Spain, Luxembourg and Japan for their high levels of healthcare access.

Furthermore, it was commended by the Lenstore global healthcare report for its “accessibility to healthcare.”

The nation was also cited as having a high life expectancy.

The Lenstore report states: “Our study shows that healthcare in the United Kingdom is one of the most accessible in the world, as well as being one of the highest in terms of quality.

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“With the overall happiness of Brits at 7.2, an excellent healthcare system, and a high life expectancy (72.5 years), it’s easy to see how health has a positive impact on happiness.”

Top 10 happiest countries in the world:

1. Finland

2. Denmark

3. Switzerland

4. Iceland

5. Norway

6. Netherlands

7. Sweden

8. New Zealand

9. Austria

10. Canada


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