Determinants behind the happiness of residents in the Helsinki metropolitan area
Keywords:Helsinki metropolitan area, happiness, Maslow
This study examines the determinants behind the perceived happiness of residents in the five cities of the Helsinki metropolitan area. A set of variables based on Maslow’s hierarchy was chosen in order to explain the subjective perception of happiness. Maslow’s hierarchy as a theoretical framework worked relatively well. A great deal of the results were in line with expectations and there are structures that clearly distinguish the cities from each other. Some of these structures seem to be connected to stereotypes concerning the examined cities and actually affect happiness in a way that is contrary to these stereotypes. It can even be said that something that is taken for granted, does not actually affect happiness; but despite this, people consider these issues very important.
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