Reasons why Finnish citizens are the happiest in the world even though taxes are 60%

Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Finnish people are the happiest people in the world. This country in northern Europe, for the sixth consecutive year, ranks first in the happiness index summarized in World Happiness Report.

The recipe for Finnish happiness has long been researched by experts. They are curious, why is it that in a country that has a tax policy that reaches almost 60%, the population is actually the happiest in the world?

In fact, in many other countries, taxes are seen as a burden on life and many even run away from this obligation.

It turns out that the majority of taxpayers in Finland feel that they are getting value for the money they pay. In fact, this is believed to be the main reason why Finland is consistently ranked as the happiest country in the world.

Two pillars of happiness that are realized from taxes

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HELSINKI, UUSIMAA, FINLAND – 05/15/2022: People have a picnic in front of cherry blossoms during the Sakura festival. Every year in May, the Sakura festival of Japanese culture takes place in Helsinki at Roihuvuori Cherry Park. (Photo by Takimoto Marina/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Timo Viherkenttä, professor of law and tax from Aalto University, Finland, assesses that there are two factors that are the main contributors to the happiness of Finnish people: education and health. And these two things can be realized because of taxes.

“The consensus in society is that although residents pay higher taxes, they also get many social programs that promote health, happiness, and a better quality of life in return. These publicly funded social programs are available to everyone, regardless of whether you rich or poor,” he said, as quoted by CNBC Indonesia from the university's official website.

'I think health is a major factor in happiness. “In Finland there are always lively discussions about how to improve the healthcare and education systems – we prioritize these key initiatives so as not to be left behind,” explains Viherkentta.

Finland is superior in education compared to many other countries in the world. From elementary schools to colleges and universities, Finland's entire education system is one of the most heavily government-funded social structures, but remains largely free for its citizens.

Then there is universal healthcare, which is also government funded. In this country, every citizen has the right to get free health services, although there are also some paid health services for a number of special, more serious conditions, such as consultations with a heart doctor and so on.

In principle, Finnish residents do not have a problem with high tax policies because the money they pay can be enjoyed in the benefits of quality health and education services, even clearly measurable pensions. Taxes in Finland clearly contribute to creating a quality life that ultimately makes the population happy.

This condition may be difficult to find in countries with poor social security and high levels of corruption. In countries like that, residents tend to refuse to pay taxes because they are skeptical that the money will be stolen by corruptors.

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