There are many questions about our world that we have answered in the last century. But the thing about questions is that there will always be few of them left to be answered. And the hardest ones aren’t about the universe or mathematics, but about the human nature. Why do we feel the way we do when we look at certain things? What makes us fall in love and what makes us hate people and things? Is there a reason behind all of our actions or do we act without thinking sometimes? The questions about humans are endless and most of them will never be answered because we are complex creatures and the working of our brains cannot be deciphered easily.
However, the impossible has never stopped humans from trying. So, we keep on looking for answers about ourselves. We think that if we figure out the things that make us tick, it will be easier to see the full picture and understand the most complex creatures on earth. But figuring out humans isn’t as easy as finding out the answer to two plus two. When it comes to humans, two plus two can be five or three, but it will never be four.
The biggest question about ourselves that we have been unable to find the answer of is what makes humans happy. All of us will have a different answer to this question and therefore, happiness may mean one thing to one person and a completely different thing to another person. There is no single criteria that can work for all humans in order to provide them with happiness. However, that hasn’t stopped all of us in our pursuit of happiness because it is the only thing we want in life. For some, that means earning as much money as they can, while for others, it could mean building relationships and raising children to be the best version of themselves.
There is no denying the fact that happiness is very important for us, even if we don’t admit it straightaway. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be happy and enjoying life as much as one can. But again, not knowing how to be happy can be a big problem. However, the factors used to create World Happiness Report can give us a small glimpse into the human mind and help us understand what being happy means for different nations.
In order to make the report, citizens of countries are asked to rate their lives, but the answers are also measured against various factors to make the final results more valid. Many countries have been ranked highly on the report over the years. But in the past few years, the situation of our world has gotten worse. Many areas of the world have become warzones. Political corruption and racist leaders have made the lives of people a lot more difficult than it used to be. In such a world, attaining happiness sounds like a dream. However, for one country, that dream has been a reality in both 2018 and 2019. Finland was declared the world’s happiest country twice in a row and that sounds like it has uncovered the secret of happiness.
Happiness isn’t the only thing Finland is known for. The country also made it to the second position on the Global Gender Gap Report. Individual freedoms are also offered to every citizen. Finland has also been the world’s most stable country from 2011 to 2016. Press in the country enjoys complete freedom. Citizens have plenty of opportunities at their disposal and education is also made available for everyone.
Is English Widely Spoken in Finland?
Being a Nordic country, Finland has close ties with Sweden and its language. This is why both Finnish and Swedish are the official languages of the country. Four minority languages are also officially recognized. But there are also plenty of tongues that were brought into the country by immigrants and became a part of the natives’ lifestyle. Foreign languages like German and French are also spoken by a considerable number of people. But it is English that enjoys the status of the most spoken foreign language in Finland.
There are only a little over twenty thousand native speakers of English in Finland, but due to being a competitive and educated nations, the majority of Finns speak it as their second language. 70% of the population can speak English fluently. The younger generations are better at reading and speaking English than their ancestors. However, there is no shortage of English speakers in the country.
Anyone who is traveling to Finland and wants to communicate with the local population can do so by talking in English. They don’t have to learn Finnish or Swedish, even though the two are pretty interesting tongues. The Finns know the importance of English in today’s world and therefore keep themselves ready to talk to any foreign national whenever need be. Knowing English also helps shops and businesses market and sell their products to tourists. Restaurants can also explain the menu to their guests if they know the language.
There are plenty of other reasons as to why the Finns are so good at a foreign language. But the fact that they are should be good enough for a traveler who won’t need the help of an interpreter during their trip. A traveler can engage in conversations with the Finns easily as long as they can speak English.