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The city is also known as "the mother of Israel", due to the once flourishing Jewish community here, which existed from the Roman period and grew substantially after the Ottoman Empire took in Jewish refugees expelled Spain, Portugal, and Spanish territories in Italy; these Jews are known as "Sephardim". Sephardi Jews formed a significant percentage of the city's population and infrastructure until World War II, when, in spring 1943, almost all were deported by the Nazis to the extermination camp at Auschwitz, never to return. However, there are still two Synagogues, and you can see the Jewish Museum.

Also interesting are the Turkish public baths Bey Hamam , the Bezesteni (Ottoman closed market for jewellery and precious materials) the Alatza Imaret (Ottoman poorhouse) and Hamza Bey Camii (both restored and used for exhibitions).

Visit the upper town for its traditional old houses, small cobbled streets, Byzantine citadel, the Eptapyrgion fort. Next to the Rotunda, see the Arch of Triumph of Galerius and the ruins of his palace .

The Agia Sofia church

On no account should you miss the Byzantine churches built between the 5th and 14th centuries, some of which are on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

The Ancient Forum

Thessaloniki is home to many museums, mostly archaeological and ethnographic. The two big archaeological museums are in the city centre, under the OTE Tower at the CHANTH Square . It is possible to obtain a pass for €15 which allows entry into five museums (valid for three days): Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum, Museum of Byzantine Culture, White Tower, Archaeological Site and Museum of the Roman Agora, and Galerian Complex. Note that Winter opening times are shorter than Summer opening times.

Thessaloniki's 'Ano Poli' (Old City)

Thermaikos Gulf is a challenging place for yachting and sailing . Many days there are strong North winds but with low waves making sailing a fun and joy for all sailors. There are three sailing clubs in Thessaloniki and world championships take place here every year. Thessaloniki has several marinas with a new one containing 182 mooring places under construction in the centre of the city and next to Aistotelous square. There are many yacht charter companies renting sailing yachts.

For fashion, Proxenou Koromila, Mitropoleos and Tsimiski. You won't find many bargains, but the shopping area is conveniently small and full of cafes when you get too tired. For cheaper clothing, check out Egnatia street.

Books and maps in various languages can be bought in stores such as:

Also in the 9th International Book Fair , that is held annually in late spring.

You can buy local food products, such as olive oil, sometimes at significally lower prices than in nearby countries.

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Picture this. You’re blindfolded. Walking on a frayed tightrope above a choppy ocean. The water is filled with hungry sharks, mouths open with rows of sharp teeth just waiting for you to lose your footing. The wind is blowing sideways as rain pelts you and lightening strikes all around. Oh, and you are carrying a large boulder as you wobble ahead.

Is your organization walking the tightrope, or living in fear?

While there are some within the healthcare space that are walking along the tightrope oblivious to the danger that awaits, most are gripped with fear. Medical ID theft, cyber attacks and missteps by employees (both intentional and unintentional) place their sensitive data in constant jeopardy. Neither is a healthy response.

Your organization is wrestling with new and emerging threats, enhanced obligations to protect sensitive information, intensifying scrutiny and increased enforcement from federal and state agencies. In the 360 degree, risk-filled reality of today’s environment, how is your organization responding?

Historically, risk has been regarded solely as a negative concept (i.e., something bad may happen) that organizations typically tried to ignore, avoid or transfer to others. Increasingly, information risk is recognized as a fact of life that must be “owned” and dealt with based on informed decision-making.

If we understand this risk and how it is caused and influenced, we can change its composition so that we are more likely to achieve our organization’s objectives – maybe even faster, better, cheaper and with improved outcomes. Understanding risk and taking action to change its composition is called “risk response.” Good risk response and overall risk management can occur only when organizations recognize that risk management is an important business process that requires our ongoing attention.

While all industries have, or are, undergoing enormous change due to market, technology, regulatory and other variables, nowhere are these changes more significant and sweeping than in healthcare. That’s precisely why information risk management should be at the top of your priority list.

While we have long been concerned with the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information, we have entered an unprecedented era of cyber security where attacks are becoming more frequent and more sophisticated with every passing day. The simple truth is that as information risks are growing faster than our ability to manage them.

For many, if not most organizations, information risk management is little more than ‘arts and crafts’ executed at a very basic level. Far too few organizations take a science and engineering-based approach to comprehensively manage their risks. That is a recipe for missed opportunities and adverse events.

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, we Finns reacted the same way as we have reacted to other top rankings in various international comparisons: we criticized the methodology of the study, questioned its conclusions and pointed to the shortcomings of Finnish society.

It’s not the first time something like this has happened. When the World Economic Forum ranked Finland as the most competitive economy in Europe in 2014, the chief executive of the Finnish Chamber of Commerce, Risto Penttilä, felt obliged to write an opinion piece for the where he tried to prove that the results couldn’t be right.

This time it is my duty, as a Finnish expert on well-being research, to explain why the happiness of the Finns has been greatly exaggerated.

More particularly, I’ll argue that there are four separate ways to measure happiness—and depending on which one we choose, we get completely different countries at the top of the rankings. I’ll also argue that Finnish people’s aversion to happiness might paradoxically make them happier.

So, how did the measure happiness? The study asked people in 156 countries to “value their lives today on a 0 to 10 scale, with the worst possible life as a 0 and the best possible life as a 10.” This is a widely used measure of general life satisfaction. And we know that societal factors such as gross domestic product per capita,extensiveness of social services,freedom from oppression, and trust in government and fellow citizenscan explain a significant proportion of people’s average life satisfaction in a country.

In these measures the Nordic countries—Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland—tend to score highest in the world. Accordingly, it is no surprise that every time we measure life satisfaction, these countries are consistently in the top 10.

But when you look at how much positive emotion people experience, the top of the world looks very different . Suddenly, Latin American countries such as Paraguay, Guatemala and Costa Rica are the happiest countries on earth. Finland is far from the top, which should not surprise anybody who is aware of the reputation of Finns as people who don’t display their emotions.

Things get even more complicated when we look at the prevalence of depression in different countries. In one comparison made by the World Health Organization, the per capita prevalence of unipolar depressive disorders is highest in the world in the United States. Among Western countries, Finland is number two. Paradoxically then, the same country can be high on both life satisfaction and depression. While there are significant shortcomings in international comparisons of depression and while other research has estimated that the depression rates of Finland would be closer to the global average, what is clear is that Finland is far from the top of the world inpreventing depression.

So while Finland might be good at keeping the average life satisfaction levels high, those at risk for depression might not get enough social support to cope with their low mood. Maybe that’s why Finland has the highest number of heavy metal bands per capita in the world .

Finally, some people might argue that neither life satisfaction, positive emotions nor absence of depression are enough for happiness. Instead, something more is required: One has to experience one’s life as meaningful. But when Shigehiro Oishi, of the University of Virginia, and Ed Diener, of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, compared 132 different countries based on whether people felt that their life has an important purpose or meaning, African countries including Togo and Senegal were at the top of the ranking , while the U.S. and Finland were far behind. Here, religiosity might play a role: The wealthier countries tend to be less religious on average, and this might be the reason why people in these countries report less meaningfulness.

What I’m trying to say is that, regarding happiness, it’s complicated. Different people define happiness very differently. And the same person or country can be high on one dimension of happiness while being low on another dimension of happiness. Maybe there is no such thing as happiness as such. Instead we should look at these dimensions separately and examine how well various nations are able to support each of them.

Luckily, Finnish people might have one asset regarding happiness: The Finnish tendency to downplay one’s own happiness and the norm against too much public display of joy might actually make Finns happier. This is because social comparison seems to play a significant role in people’s life satisfaction . If everybody else is doing better than you, it is hard to be satisfied with your life conditions, no matter how good they objectively are.

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that social media, where people are constantly exposed to idealized versions of other people’s lives, might make people more depressed. By not displaying, let alone exaggerating, their own happiness, Finns might help each other to make more realistic comparisons, which benefits everybody’s happiness.

So, when all is said, is Finland the happiest country in the world or not?

If happiness is the prevalence of positive emotions (let alone the displaying of them), Finland is not the happiest country. If happiness is the absence of depression, Finland is not the happiest country. But if happiness is about a quiet satisfaction with one’s life conditions, then Finland, along with other Nordic countries, might very well be the best place to live.

If you prefer to be happy in your own, understated way, then welcome to Finland!

The views expressed are those of the author(s) and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

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