17 May '18, 12pm

Why Finland is so ho-hum about being the best

Why Finland is so ho-hum about being the best

Whether it's for overall happiness or the best place to live, Finland often earns high marks. But such accolades aren't always greeted with cheers and high-fives like they are in other places. The Finnish response is more muted, more pragmatic, more focused on the big picture. To understand why, you have to dig a little deeper into the culture. When Finland was named the happiest country in the world, "Finns reacted the same way as we have reacted to other top rankings in various international comparisons: we criticized the methodology of the study, questioned its conclusions and pointed to the shortcomings of Finnish society," Finnish photographer and researcher Frank Martela explains to Scientific American . This isn't the first time something like this has happened, either. Martela cites an op-ed written by the CEO Finnish Chamber of Commerce in 2014 after the country w...

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