For a fifth consecutive year, Finland has been named the world’s happiest country, according to the World Happiness Report, co-authored by Vancouver School of Economics Professor Emeritus John Helliwell.
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the world saw an increase in three measures of benevolence – helping strangers, volunteering, and donations – in 2021.
“This surge of benevolence, which was especially great for the helping of strangers, provides powerful evidence that people respond to help others in need, creating in the process more happiness for the beneficiaries, good examples for others to follow, and better lives for themselves,” said Helliwell.
The report, which uses Gallop World Poll data, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Canada ranked 15th.
To learn more about the report and rankings, visit https://worldhappiness.report/