The Secret to Why Finland Is the Happiest Country in the World

Finland, known as the happiest country in the world, has a secret that the rest of the globe has neglected to discover and eagerly pursue. It’s a staple of Finnish culture – a way of being – and it’s incorporated into everyday life in unique ways. So, what’s this hidden gem?

The Finnish sauna.

“The sauna is the best place to relax, relieve stress, and heal – the perfect way to slow down,” says Sari Hey, public relations and media manager for Visit Finland. “Combined with proximity to nature, as Finns love to take a refreshing dip in the lake or sea after the sauna year-round, saunas are an integral part of the secret to Finnish happiness.”

With a population of 5.5 million, Finland is home to 3.3 million saunas. It’s estimated that one-third of the world’s saunas are located in Finland. You can find sauna cars on Ferris wheels, saunas in conference rooms.