Why is Finland the Happiest Country in the World? Exploring the Role of Education

by Eleni Chioti

In recent years, Finland has consistently held the title of the happiest country in the world according to various global happiness indexes. This Scandinavian nation has captured international attention for its exceptional quality of life, high levels of well-being, and overall happiness of its citizens. But what exactly makes Finland stand out as the happiest country on Earth?

One of the key factors contributing to Finland’s happiness is its unique approach to education. Why education in Finland is the best? What different in education system in Finland vs other educational systems?

The Finnish education system has garnered widespread acclaim for its progressive and inclusive practices, which prioritize individualized learning, student well-being, and overall holistic development.
At the heart of Finland’s education system is the principle of equity. Unlike many other countries, Finland has a highly equitable education system where all students, regardless of socio-economic background, have access to high-quality education. There are no standardized tests or excessive competition among students. Instead, the focus is on fostering a supportive and collaborative learning environment where every student can thrive.
Another distinctive feature of Finnish education is its emphasis on play-based learning and outdoor activities. Finland recognizes the importance of allowing children to learn through exploration, creativity, and physical activity. Outdoor play is integrated into the curriculum, providing students with opportunities to connect with nature and develop essential social and problem-solving skills.
Furthermore, Finland places a strong emphasis on teacher training and professional development. Teachers in Finland are highly respected professionals who undergo rigorous training and continuous professional development throughout their careers. This ensures that educators are well-equipped to meet the diverse needs of their students and create engaging learning experiences.
Additionally, Finland’s education system values student well-being as a fundamental component of academic success. Schools prioritize fostering positive relationships, promoting mental health awareness, and providing comprehensive support services to students. This holistic approach to education helps create a supportive and nurturing environment where students feel valued and empowered to reach their full potential.

In conclusion, Finland’s status as the happiest country in the world can be attributed in part to its exemplary education system. By prioritizing equity, play-based learning, teacher professionalism, and student well-being, Finland has created an educational framework that fosters happiness, resilience, and success among its citizens. As other countries strive to improve their own education systems, they can undoubtedly learn valuable lessons from Finland’s approach to education and well-being.

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Melina Rauhala

Ms. Rauhala (B.A.) is an educational sciences student at the University of Turku with studies also in the fields of psychology, business and HR, and sociology. As an education major, she is passionate about lifelong learning and the Finnish education system. She believes in change through education. In addition, Ms. Rauhala loves to learn new languages.  She completed an Erasmus + university exchange in Spain as a part of her studies and wants to work toward everyone getting international learning opportunities. Ms. Rauhala is working for VisitEDUfinn part-time while finishing her studies. 


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