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Happiest countries in the world

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Icelandic horse in the snow
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The U of Leicester in the UK has published an article that includes this interesting map:

Happiness
First Ever World Map of Happiness Produced

And here is the list of the “happiest countries”

Top index marks

273 –  Denmark – Switzerland

260 – Austria – Iceland

257 – The Bahamas – Finland – Sweden

253 – Bhutan – Brunei – Canada – Ireland

The three least happy countries were:

110 – Democratic Republic of the Congo

110 – Zimbabwe

100 – Burundi

Source: University of Leicester

This raises the question for me: Would I rather live in a country in the top 10 of this list, or in the richest most powerful nation in the world?

Those Brits are something though! They will look into anything and everything and look at it unblinkingly. Could this kind of research have been published in the US?

Looking at this list again I am amazed that Malaysia, a Muslim country with strong Islamist elements, is in the top 20 and perplexed that Japan scores so low, #90! But I am not surprised that a survey done by a middle rank UK University rates the US towards the end of the top 40 countries.

A broader conception of happy lives is offered in this Wikipedia post!

It is noteworthy that Denmark is at the top of this list. It has been at the top of most Euro-based surveys of happiest countries/people for the last 30some years. It was suggested in an NY Times article that Danes do a better job of managing their own expectations from life in Denmark than most other peoples do. Americans and Canadians come to mind here!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2006/07/29 at 05:23

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  1. why is it Philippines…not included in the list?

    Jas

    2006/12/02 at 05:46

  2. yeah, i agree, why is it philippines not included..?

    yen

    2006/12/02 at 08:13

  3. The Philippines should included in TOP THREE POSITION…

    Josh

    2007/01/26 at 10:36

  4. What about Ghana? Ghana is beast

    Russell

    2007/05/23 at 18:54


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