Finland Current Affairs - 2020

United Nations launches World Happiness Report, 2020: India ranks 144

On March 20, 2020 United Nations released the World Happiness Report on the International Day of Happiness, 2020. Finland ranked first in the report and India ranked 144. Around 156 countries were assessed under the ranking. This is the eighth World Happiness Report prepared by the organization.

This year the report has given a special role for environments and has linked people’s happiness to their environment. Apart from environment, the report also considers urban, social and other natural factors in framing the index for a country.


Following Finland, Denmark and Switzerland ranked second and third positions respectively. Finland ranked topmost for the third consecutive time. Afghanistan ranked the least. The United States moves by one place and was at 18th position. The United Kingdom was at 13th position.

India was ranked among the least happy nations.


According to the index, the urban-rural difference in India was high. Also, the report noticed that in India, the peri-urban population was happier than urban population.


Sanna Marin becomes World’s Youngest-Serving Prime Minister

The 34-year-old Sanna Marin, was selected by her Social Democratic party of Finland to become the country’s youngest prime minister ever, taking over after resignation of outgoing leader Antti Rinne. Sanna who will now be youngest head of government in the country’s history, has earlier served as transport minister of Finland.

Key Highlights

At 34, Sanna Marin also becomes world’s youngest serving prime minister once takes office in the coming days. Finland’s Parliament is expected to formally swear in the new prime minister on 10 December 2019. She is now ahead of Ukraine’s prime minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, who is currently 35.

She narrowly won the vote to replace Antti Rinne, who resigned after losing the confidence of coalition partner Centre Party over his handling of a postal strike. Sanna’s party is the largest in a five-member governing coalition.

NOTE: In Indian, Rajiv Gandhi was the youngest person to become Prime Minister. He became PM at 40 years of age.