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Happy?

Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:29 pm
by Lance Kennedy
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/n ... aland-rank

Norway now ranks the happiest country on Earth, according to the latest survey. The top ten are :

Norway
Denmark
Iceland
Switzerland
Finland
Netherlands
Canada
New Zealand
Australia
Sweden

The USA comes in at 14th.

It cannot be money, since Norway has risen in the happiness scale while its income has dropped, due to a drop in oil price. What makes a happy country?

Re: Happy?

Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:39 pm
by Monster
Low expectations. :)

Re: Happy?

Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:55 pm
by Paul Anthony
A lack of war?

Trust in one's government (whether founded or unfounded)?

Individual freedom?

Stupidity?

Re: Happy?

Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:03 pm
by Poodle
Bribery.

Re: Happy?

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:18 am
by Gord
Lack of desire.

Re: Happy?

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:41 am
by Lance Kennedy
My own feeling is that security ranks high. Not a guarantee of happiness, of course. But it is hard to be happy if you are under some kind of threat. Certainly, the top nations in that list are very secure places.

Looking at the bottom placed nations is also revealing. We see places like Yemen, Sudan, Somalia. Places with poverty and civil war.

Re: Happy?

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 1:54 am
by TJrandom
A reasonable expectation for a non-declining future...

Re: Happy?

Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2017 4:33 am
by Matthew Ellard
Lance Kennedy wrote: Norway now ranks the happiest country on Earth, according to the latest survey. The top ten are :

Norway (beer)
Denmark (beer)
Iceland (beer)
Switzerland (beer)
Finland (beer)
Netherlands (beer)
Canada (beer)
New Zealand (beer)
Australia (beer)
Sweden (beer)

The USA comes in at 14th. (Budweiser)

What makes a happy country?


Real Beer :D