The world’s happiest country to launch a unique online masterclass in happiness 


Feeling down? Now you can learn how to cheer yourself up from experts in feeling jolly: The world’s happiest country to launch a unique online masterclass in happiness

If you need cheering up, help is at hand from experts in feeling jovial – Finnish people.

Finland is the world’s happiest country and is revealing its ‘secret happiness skills’ through a unique online ‘Masterclass of Happiness’ later this summer, teaching people about ‘Finnish happiness’ so they can ‘find their inner Finn’.  

The Scandinavian country took the title of world’s happiest country for the sixth year in a row in the recent World Happiness Report, which is based on people’s own assessment of their happiness, as well as economic and social data. 

Coaching in the unique masterclass will cover four key themes – nature and lifestyle; health and balance; design and every day; and food and wellbeing.

Throughout the course, the masterclasses’ experts will ‘guide participants toward a balanced way of life, achieving happiness the Finnish way’.

Finland is the world’s happiest country – and now the nation is revealing its ‘secret happiness skills’ with a new masterclass (stock photo)

Finland is the world’s happiest country – and now the nation is revealing its ‘secret happiness skills’ with a new masterclass (stock photo) 

Fourteen people are receiving happiness tuition in person for free, following Finland’s ‘worldwide call-out’ for participants, which selected candidates from 150,000 applicants from 190 countries.

The in-person, four-day masterclass, organised by the Finnish tourist board, is currently taking place at the luxurious Kuru Resort in Finnish Lakeland.

The resort is ‘surrounded by fragrant pine forests and breath-taking views’, housing ‘luxurious’ villas that are ‘designed from the ground up with natural connections in mind’. As a perk, each villa also has its own spa and sauna.

Fourteen people are receiving happiness tuition in person for free at a luxury resort in the Finnish Lakeland district, pictured

Fourteen people are receiving happiness tuition in person for free at a luxury resort in the Finnish Lakeland district, pictured

The World Happiness Report is based on people's own assessment of their happiness, as well as economic and social data

The World Happiness Report is based on people’s own assessment of their happiness, as well as economic and social data

Commenting on the Masterclass in Happiness, Heli Jimenez Senior Director, International Marketing at Business Finland, said: ‘As the world’s happiest nation, we are keen to share our special keys to happiness that make the Finnish lifestyle so unique.

‘We feel that our style of happiness stems from a down-to-earth lifestyle and close relationship with nature. 

‘And more importantly, we feel that happiness is a skill that can be learned and shared, rather than some sort of mystic state – which is why we’re [happy to welcome] our masterclass participants to beautiful Finnish Lakeland to get in touch with their inner happiness.’

For more information, go to visitfinland.com

Full rankings: The 2023 World Happiness Report
Ranking Country name Ladder score
1 Finland 7.804
2 Denmark 7.586
3 Iceland 7.530
4 Israel 7.473
5 Netherlands 7.403
6 Sweden 7.395
7 Norway 7.315
8 Switzerland 7.240
9 Luxembourg 7.228
10 New Zealand 7.123
11 Austria 7.097
12 Australia 7.095
13 Canada 6.961
14 Ireland 6.911
15 United States 6.894
16 Germany 6.892
17 Belgium 6.859
18 Czechia 6.845
19 United Kingdom 6.796
20 Lithuania 6.763
21 France 6.661
22 Slovenia 6.650
23 Costa Rica 6.609
24 Romania 6.589
25 Singapore 6.587
26 United Arab Emirates 6.571
27 Taiwan Province of China 6.535
28 Uruguay 6.494
29 Slovakia 6.469
30 Saudi Arabia 6.463
31 Estonia 6.455
32 Spain 6.436
33 Italy 6.405
34 Kosovo 6.368
35 Chile 6.334
36 Mexico 6.330
37 Malta 6.300
38 Panama 6.265
39 Poland 6.260
40 Nicaragua 6.259
41 Latvia 6.213
42 Bahrain 6.173
43 Guatemala 6.150
44 Kazakhstan 6.144
45 Serbia 6.144
46 Cyprus 6.130
47 Japan 6.129
48 Croatia 6.125
49 Brazil 6.125
50 El Salvador 6.122
51 Hungary 6.041
52 Argentina 6.024
53 Honduras 6.023
54 Uzbekistan 6.014
55 Malaysia 6.012
56 Portugal 5.968
57 South Korea 5.951
58 Greece 5.931
59 Mauritius 5.902
60 Thailand 5.843
61 Mongolia 5.840
62 Kyrgyzstan 5.825
63 Moldova 5.819
64 China 5.818
65 Vietnam 5.763
66 Paraguay 5.738
67 Montenegro 5.722
68 Jamaica 5.703
69 Bolivia 5.684
70 Russia 5.661
71 Bosnia and Herzegovina 5.633
72 Colombia 5.630
73 Dominican Republic 5.569
74 Ecuador 5.559
75 Peru 5.526
76 Philippines 5.523
77 Bulgaria 5.466
78 Nepal 5.360
79 Armenia 5.342
80 Tajikistan 5.330
81 Algeria 5.329
82 Hong Kong S.A.R. of China 5.308
83 Albania 5.277
84 Indonesia 5.277
85 South Africa 5.275
86 Congo (Brazzaville) 5.267
87 North Macedonia 5.254
88 Venezuela 5.211
89 Laos 5.111
90 Georgia 5.109
91 Guinea 5.072
92 Ukraine 5.071
93 Ivory Coast 5.053
94 Gabon 5.035
95 Nigeria 4.981
96 Cameroon 4.973
97 Mozambique 4.954
98 Iraq 4.941
99 State of Palestine 4.908
100 Morocco 4.903
101 Iran 4.876
102 Senegal 4.855
103 Mauritania 4.724
104 Burkina Faso 4.638
105 Namibia 4.631
106 Turkiye 4.614
107 Ghana 4.605
108 Pakistan 4.555
109 Niger 4.501
110 Tunisia 4.497
111 Kenya 4.487
112 Sri Lanka 4.442
113 Uganda 4.432
114 Chad 4.397
115 Cambodia 4.393
116 Benin 4.374
117 Myanmar 4.372
118 Bangladesh 4.282
119 Gambia 4.279
120 Mali 4.198
121 Egypt 4.170
122 Togo 4.137
123 Jordan 4.120
124 Ethiopia 4.091
125 Liberia 4.042
126 India 4.036
127 Madagascar 4.019
128 Zambia 3.982
129 Tanzania 3.694
130 Comoros 3.545
131 Malawi 3.495
132 Botswana 3.435
133 Congo (Kinshasa) 3.207
134 Zimbabwe 3.204
135 Sierra Leone 3.138
136 Lebanon 2.392
137 Afghanistan 1.859



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