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Finland tops quality of life poll

The index was based on factors such as income equality, economic stability and development of the public health system.

Kuvassa on yötön yö Tornionjoella Pellossa kesäkuussa 2020.
File photo of the midnight sun in Finnish Lapland. Image: Vesa Vaarama / Yle

Finland has ranked top of CEO World magazine's 2021 'Quality of Life' report, ahead of Nordic neighbours Denmark in second and Norway in third.

"Being safe, politically stable, and having a well-developed public health system drove Finland's quality of life ranking to the top of the Best Countries 2021 list," the magazine wrote.

The report was based on evaluations provided by more than 258,000 people in 165 countries around the world, and focused on 10 key categories: affordability, economic stability, family-friendly, job market, income equality, political neutrality and stability, safety, cultural influence, well-developed public education system and well-developed public health system.

Finland, Denmark and Norway were joined in the top five countries by Belgium and Sweden, while Syria came in last place just behind Sudan, Montserrat and North Korea.

Every year CEO World ranks countries of the world based on various categories, such as best countries for a child to be born in or best countries to be an entrepreneur.

Earlier this month Finland ranked first ahead of 160 other nations in the UN's sustainable development league table, while in March the Nordic nation retained its title as the happiest country in the world.

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