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Table 1 Average happinesses in France and Finland for the period 2000-2009

From: Freedom and happiness in nations: why the Finns are happier than the French

Nation Life satisfaction Mood Contentment
(Overall happiness) (Affective component) (Cognitive component)
Finland 7.9 54 7.6
France 6.6 42 7.0
Average rich countries 7.0 45 6.7
Difference
- in points on scale 1.3 12 0.6
-in % actual scale range in the world 26% 25% 12%
-n % actual range among the rich nations 40% 30% 21%