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Nordic neighbour overtakes Norway as happiest nation on earth

Famous for skiing, snowmen, Santa Claus and the Northern Lights, Finland is now home to the happiest people on earth.

The nordic nation has topped this year’s UN World Happiness Report, which ranks 156 countries by happiness levels, based on factors such as life expectancy, social support and corruption.

Finland nudged Norway into second place and Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Sweden and Australia round out the top 10.

Jori Tossavainen, president of the Finnish Society of Melbourne, told Ross and John what makes the Finnish such a happy people.

“It’s hard to say but it’s a nice lifestyle,” Jori said.

“We are a happy people.

“We have beautiful lakes and beautiful forest.”

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Bob Tarlau, visiting the 3AW studios today said he thought Australia is the happiest country on earth, but we just didn’t know it yet!

Burnso said he thought Cuba had to be up there.

“Music, rum and cigars!”

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Photo: AAP – The sky over Kuusamo in Lappland, Finland.