On a midwinter afternoon in Finland, a Chinese ice hockey squad from Beijing, boys ages 14 to 15, bounded off the team bus and through shin-deep snow on their way to play their contemporaries from Helsinki.
First place in European Happiness Equality Index
Source: The Happiness Research Institute
of Finns belong to the Evangelical Lutheran Church
Source: Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland
A little more than a century ago, the newly independent nation of Finland experienced a short but brutal civil war. Though the conflict left deep scars, a culture of working together helped former enemies reconcile and allowed the country to progress relatively quickly in its nation-building process.
Members in Finland's Parliament