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There is nothing to tell about Finland in July.

We used to say that whole country is closed. Almost everybody has his or her vacation in July.

Fortunately there is always somebody somewhere who is still interested in this almost word´s northernmost country.  In British newspaper “The Independent” they ranked the countries according the highest standard of life.

Scandinavian nations scored highly in the “Social Progress Index”, but more surprising are the very large countries which came lower down the list — suggesting that a strong GDP per capita is not the only gauge for a high standard of living.

Despite this, all of the top 19 countries are developed nations — so having a strong economy has a clear impact.

The “Social Progress Index” collates the scores of three main indexes:

  1. Basic Human Needs, which includes medical care, sanitation, and shelter.
  2. Foundations of Wellbeing, which covers education, access to technology, and life expectancy.
  3. Opportunity, which looks at personal rights, freedom of choice, and general tolerance.

The index then adds the three different factors together, before giving each nation a score out of 100.

  1. Finland— 90.09. Everyone says Nordic nations have the highest standard of living, and now Finland has made it official. It scores highly on almost every index on the report, from basic needs, foundations of wellbeing and personal freedoms. If you move there just make sure to bring warm coat — temperatures can reach minus 50 celsius in the winter”


So it goes…While we are waiting the freeze we are having our long holidays.


Please read more about the survey here.

And if you fancy travelling to Finland yourself, we suggest to have a look at 50 travel tips for more than 100 countries – packed with practical tips and advice!