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Despite COVID, Finland Still the Happiest Country

Resiliency and mutual trust affected nations' scores

Scoring high in fields like mutual trust, equality, and well-being, Finland was ranked as the happiest country for the fourth year in a row, using data from the Gallup World Poll. The results are published through the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

Surprisingly, most countries did not show greatly diminished scores despite the hardships of the past year due to COVID. Researchers speculate that overall resiliency kept scores from dropping, though tracking of daily emotional stress did show a drop in overall mental well-being, especially in the beginning of the pandemic.

Denmark, Switzerland, Iceland, and the Netherlands rounded out the top five. For more, head over to NBC News.