Safe, happy and free: does Finland have all answers?


‘It’s about co-operating. Everyone together, equally’: Helsinki, the Finnish capital. Western Europe’s last naturally caused famine ended 150 years ago this winter.
In a poor and backward part of the Russian empire called Finland, more than a quarter of a million people – nearly 10% of the population – starved to death.
Last year, on the centenary of its independence, Finland was ranked, by assorted international indices, the most stable, the safest and the best-governed country in the world.
It was also the third wealthiest, the third least corrupt, the second most socially progressive and the third most socially […]