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According to this year’s World Happiness Report, Finland overtakes Norway as the world’s happiest country.

The annual UN report measures “subjective well-being” – how happy people feel they are, and why.

According to the survey, Burundi was the least happy, taking over from the Central African Republic.

Burundi was thrown into crisis when President Pierre Nkurunziza’s bid for re-election to a third term in 2015 sparked protests by opposition supporters who said the move was unconstitutional.

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World Happiness Report 2017: Norway Overtakes Denmark as Happiest Country

World Happiness Report 2016: Denmark Is World’s Happiest Country

World Happiness Report 2015: Switzerland Is World’s Happiest Country

Nordic countries regularly appear in the top five, while war-hit countries and a number in sub-Saharan Africa regularly appear in the bottom five.

The 2018 report by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network also features data about the happiness of immigrants in their host countries, with Finland also coming top as home to the happiest immigrants.

The World Happiness Report ranks some 156 countries by their happiness levels, and 117 by the happiness of their immigrants.

Norway, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland are in the top five. The US came in at the 18th place.

Togo is seen to be this year’s biggest gainer, moving up 17 places, while the biggest loser is Venezuela, which dropped 20 places to 102nd.


Former head of Helsinki’s anti-drugs police Jari Aarnio has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for smuggling drugs into Finland.

Jari Aarnio, 59, was found to have helped a gang to import nearly 1,764lb of hashish from the Netherlands and sell it in Finland between 2011 and 2012.

He was found guilty of five drug crimes and 17 other offences.

These included trying to frame an innocent man for being in charge of the drug ring.

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An accomplice of Jari Aarnio, described as a top local criminal, was also sentenced to 10 years in prison.

He spent 30 years in the anti-drugs force and was arrested in 2013.

Jari Aarnio denied all the charges against him, claiming his actions were all legal and undertaken in a policing capacity.

According to his legal team, Jari Aarnio plans to appeal the district court’s sentence in the Helsinki Court of Appeal.

In a separate case in September, Jari Aarnio was sentenced to three years in jail for fraud.

Crime rates are relatively low in Finland compared with most other European countries.

Finland ranks as the second least-corrupt country, after Denmark, in the global index compiled by Transparency International.


PKN, a Finnish punk band made up of musicians with learning disabilities, is to represent Finland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

The quartet was chosen by Finnish viewers on February 28 and has now been ranked by bookmakers as among the favorites for the contest.

PKN, whose members have Down’s syndrome and autism, will perform their 85-second song Aina Mun Pitaa (I Always Have To) at the event in Vienna in May.

“Every person with a disability ought to be braver,” singer Kari Aalto said.

“He or she should themselves say what they want and do not want,” he told Finnish broadcaster YLE.PKN Finland Eurovision 2015

PKN – full name Pertti Kurikan Nimipaivat (Pertti Kurikka’s Nameday) – will also become the first punk band to compete at Eurovision.

They first got together during a charity workshop and appeared in an award-winning 2012 documentary called The Punk Syndrome.

The song deals with the frustration of the rules of daily life, like having to eat healthily and doing chores like cleaning and washing up.

“We are rebelling against society in different ways, but we are not political,” bassist Sami Helle told The Guardian.

“We are changing attitudes somewhat, a lot of people are coming to our gigs and we have a lot of fans.

“We don’t want people to vote for us to feel sorry for us, we are not that different from everybody else – just normal guys with a mental handicap.”

PKN is 5/1 to win the contest, according to Betfred, making them third favorites behind Italy and Estonia.

Heavy metal band Lordi gave Finland its only Eurovision win to date with Hard Rock Hallelujah in 2006.

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A gunman fired from the rooftop of a house in Hyvinkaa, a southern Finnish town, killing two people and injuring seven others, the authorities have said.

Police arrested an 18-year-old man suspected of the shootings in Hyvinkaa, 50 km (30 miles) north of Helsinki.

A man and a woman, both 18 years old, were killed in the incident. A police officer was among the wounded.

Some of the injured were said to be in a serious condition and have been taken to Helsinki for emergency treatment.

Local media reported that a man in combat fatigues opened fire on crowds in the early hours.

A gunman fired from the rooftop of a house in Hyvinka killing two people and injuring seven others

A gunman fired from the rooftop of a house in Hyvinka killing two people and injuring seven others

MTV3 channel said the man used a rifle and fled shortly after the incident.

Eyewitnesses spoke of panic as they were shut inside bars and clubs for hours while police searched the area.

Detective Chief Inspector Markku Tuominen said the suspect was arrested several hours later and offered no resistance.

“The man was found with two weapons… including a hunting rifle,” he said.

The police have not publicly commented on a possible motive for the crime.

Finland has one of the highest rates of gun ownership in Europe.

However, a series of mass shootings prompted the government to tighten the rules last June.

The police said the Hyvinkaa suspect had no license for his weapons.