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World Happiness Rankings
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The UN has released the results from the most recent global 'Happiness' survey (survey and data comes from Gallup Analytics).
Here is the link to the UN Gateway: http://worldhappiness.report/

Results:
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Norway 7.537
Denmark 7.522
Iceland 7.504
Switzerland 7.494
Finland 7.469
Netherlands 7.377
Canada 7.316
New Zealand 7.314
Australia 7.284
Sweden 7.284
Israel 7.213
Costa Rica 7.079
Austria 7.006
United States 6.993
Ireland 6.977
Germany 6.951
Belgium 6.891
Luxembourg 6.863
United Kingdom 6.714
Chile 6.652
United Arab Emirates 6.648
Brazil 6.635
Czech Republic 6.609
Argentina 6.599
Mexico 6.578
Singapore 6.572
Malta 6.527
Uruguay 6.454
Guatemala 6.454
Panama 6.452
France 6.442
Thailand 6.424
Taiwan 6.422
Spain 6.403
Qatar 6.375
Colombia 6.357
Saudi Arabia 6.344
Kuwait 6.105
Slovakia 6.098
Bahrain 6.087
Malaysia 6.084
Nicaragua 6.071
Ecuador 6.008
El Salvador 6.003
Poland 5.973
Uzbekistan 5.971
Italy 5.964
Russia 5.963
Belize 5.956
Japan 5.92
Lithuania 5.902
Algeria 5.872
Latvia 5.85
South Korea 5.838
Moldova 5.838
Romania 5.825
Bolivia 5.823
Turkmenistan 5.822
Kazakhstan 5.819
Northern Cyprus 5.81
Slovenia 5.758
Peru 5.715
Mauritius 5.629
Cyprus 5.621
Estonia 5.611
Belarus 5.569
Libya 5.525
Turkey 5.5
Paraguay 5.493
Hong Kong 5.472
Philippines 5.43
Serbia 5.395
Jordan 5.336
Hungary 5.324
Jamaica 5.311
Croatia 5.293
Kosovo 5.279
China 5.273
Pakistan 5.269
Indonesia 5.262
Venezuela 5.25
Montenegro 5.237
Morocco 5.235
Azerbaijan 5.234
Dominican Republic 5.23
Greece 5.227
Lebanon 5.225
Portugal 5.195
Bosnia and Herzegovina 5.182
Honduras 5.181
Macedonia 5.175
Somalia 5.151
Vietnam 5.074
Nigeria 5.074
Tajikistan 5.041
Bhutan 5.011
Kyrgyzstan 5.004
Nepal 4.962
Mongolia 4.955
South Africa 4.829
Tunisia 4.805
Palestinian Territories 4.775
Egypt 4.735
Bulgaria 4.714
Sierra Leone 4.709
Cameroon 4.695
Iran 4.692
Albania 4.644
Bangladesh 4.608
Namibia 4.574
Kenya 4.553
Mozambique 4.55
Myanmar 4.545
Senegal 4.535
Zambia 4.514
Iraq 4.497
Gabon 4.465
Ethiopia 4.46
Sri Lanka 4.44
Armenia 4.376
India 4.315
Mauritania 4.292
Congo (Brazzaville) 4.291
Georgia 4.286
Congo (Kinshasa) 4.28
Mali 4.19
Ivory Coast 4.18
Cambodia 4.168
Sudan 4.139
Ghana 4.12
Ukraine 4.096
Uganda 4.081
Burkina Faso 4.032
Niger 4.028
Malawi 3.97
Chad 3.936
Zimbabwe 3.875
Lesotho 3.808
Angola 3.795
Afghanistan 3.794
Botswana 3.766
Benin 3.657
Madagascar 3.644
Haiti 3.603
Yemen 3.593
South Sudan 3.591
Liberia 3.533
Guinea 3.507
Togo 3.495
Rwanda 3.471
Syria 3.462
Tanzania 3.349
Burundi 2.905
Central African Republic 2.693

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell
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Re: World Happiness Rankings [Guffaw] [ In reply to ]
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Did this one actually measure happiness? Seems like a lot of these things measure things that do or should correlate with happiness, but don't actually assess if people are happy or not.
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Re: World Happiness Rankings [Guffaw] [ In reply to ]
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Norway?

The country that brought us Norwegian Death Metal is ranked happiest?

Another UN failure.

"What are words for,
When no one listens anymore?"
-Dale Bozzio-
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Re: World Happiness Rankings [ThisIsIt] [ In reply to ]
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ThisIsIt wrote:
Did this one actually measure happiness? Seems like a lot of these things measure things that do or should correlate with happiness, but don't actually assess if people are happy or not.

Apparently. Gallup Analytics did surveys asking people how they felt. Its interesting that there are some rather happy places that are not necessary wealthy. i.e. Costa Rica. Uruguay, etc.

"The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, and wiser people so full of doubts." - Bertrand Russell
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Re: World Happiness Rankings [Guffaw] [ In reply to ]
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Maybe the conservatives should tell us once again how democratic socialism doesn't work.
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Re: World Happiness Rankings [Guffaw] [ In reply to ]
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Guffaw wrote:
ThisIsIt wrote:
Did this one actually measure happiness? Seems like a lot of these things measure things that do or should correlate with happiness, but don't actually assess if people are happy or not.


Apparently. Gallup Analytics did surveys asking people how they felt. Its interesting that there are some rather happy places that are not necessary wealthy. i.e. Costa Rica. Uruguay, etc.

Good, always bugs me when they do these things but don't actually measure happiness.
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Re: World Happiness Rankings [Duffy] [ In reply to ]
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Duffy wrote:
Norway?

The country that brought us Norwegian Death Metal is ranked happiest?

Another UN failure.

x2

My first thought upon reviewing the list was "this maps pretty well to countries having the most death metal bands per capital."
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Re: World Happiness Rankings [cerveloguy] [ In reply to ]
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Maybe the conservatives should tell us once again how democratic socialism doesn't work.

It's a "poll" - therefore it's got to be #fakenews! :)


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Re: World Happiness Rankings [TropicPlace] [ In reply to ]
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The Finns have the most heavy metal per capita. Who knew heavy metal was so associated with happiness.
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Re: World Happiness Rankings [TropicPlace] [ In reply to ]
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TropicPlace wrote:
My first thought upon reviewing the list was "this maps pretty well to countries having the most death metal bands per capital."

if memory serves each of those countries has only one capital

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Re: World Happiness Rankings [Duffy] [ In reply to ]
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Duffy wrote:
Norway?

The country that brought us Norwegian Death Metal is ranked happiest?

Another UN failure.

There's no way a country that doesn't see the sun for a few months a year is that happy, I don't care how much oil money they have!!

My cousin married a Norwegian chick and lives over there. It does actually seem as though they are living the dream. I think he would like to come home because its home, but he concedes that Norway is a far better country to raise his family in.
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Re: World Happiness Rankings [Guffaw] [ In reply to ]
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these lists always make for a good parlour game.

i'm definitely most curious about places like costa rica and chile - obviously the other countries get 'happy' by throwing a lot of money at their problems, which isn't exactly rocket science. would it be easy to be happy in norway? switzerland? canada? yes.

but how does a country like costa rica or chile achieve such good results despite apparently having less cash to throw around? that's interesting to me.

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Re: World Happiness Rankings [BCtriguy1] [ In reply to ]
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I once fooled around with a Norwegian fitness model. Never banged her but did pretty much everything else. She was 5'2 and about 95-100 lbs.

She seemed happy when I was done with her. I certainly was.

"What are words for,
When no one listens anymore?"
-Dale Bozzio-
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Re: World Happiness Rankings [iron_mike] [ In reply to ]
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All I know is it seems residents of the central African republic are a real bunch of whiners.
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Re: World Happiness Rankings [cerveloguy] [ In reply to ]
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cerveloguy wrote:
Maybe the conservatives should tell us once again how democratic socialism doesn't work.

Why isn't Cuba on the list?
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Re: World Happiness Rankings [windywave] [ In reply to ]
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put another way, who do you think are the 'top 3 stars' of world capitalism? i'd go USA, singapore, and switzerland. they fare well enough here. but if the top 3 stars of democratic socialism are, say, the nordics (or canada or germany), well, they fare better.

but anyway,
-mike

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Re: World Happiness Rankings [Duffy] [ In reply to ]
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Yes, that does seem like fun.
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Re: World Happiness Rankings [BCtriguy1] [ In reply to ]
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BCtriguy1 wrote:
Yes, that does seem like fun.

There's pics of her out on the webs. I'm still IG friends her. She's plump now.

"What are words for,
When no one listens anymore?"
-Dale Bozzio-
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Re: World Happiness Rankings [windywave] [ In reply to ]
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Where's Laos, Djibouti, Oman, Swaziland?
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Re: World Happiness Rankings [oldandslow] [ In reply to ]
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oldandslow wrote:
Where's Laos, Djibouti, Oman, Swaziland?


Djibouti is on the posterior side of a human, just below the natural waist. If Djibouti is particularly nice, it may make you say Oman.
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Re: World Happiness Rankings [iron_mike] [ In reply to ]
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iron_mike wrote:
TropicPlace wrote:
My first thought upon reviewing the list was "this maps pretty well to countries having the most death metal bands per capital."

if memory serves each of those countries has only one capital

Seriously? Capita isn't in the iPhone's vocabulary?

Apparently not. It corrected me 3 times while typing this.

Cheers!
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Re: World Happiness Rankings [Guffaw] [ In reply to ]
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And the demographics of the top 10?
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Re: World Happiness Rankings [iron_mike] [ In reply to ]
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iron_mike wrote:
put another way, who do you think are the 'top 3 stars' of world capitalism? i'd go USA, singapore, and switzerland. they fare well enough here. but if the top 3 stars of democratic socialism are, say, the nordics (or canada or germany), well, they fare better.

but anyway,
-mike


One theory would be that idealism (be it conservative or liberal idealism) is closely related to unhappiness.

Idealism is the belief that the world is NOT as it should be. That the world SHOULD be forced to conform to some vision or "ideal."

The vision could be that of a small business capitalist paradise. The vision could be that of a communist workers paradise.

The more passionately one believes in the vision, the less capable one is of seeing the problem that the "ideal" creates. And an idealist never sees the circumstances in which their ideals don't work.

Some free market idealist might look at Norway and see "socialism."
A communist idealist might look at Norway and see an evil capitalistic society with "a fake veneer of socialism."

But what these idealist should see is a pragmatic mix of capitalism and socialism.
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Re: World Happiness Rankings [Guffaw] [ In reply to ]
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I bicycled around the world and spent most of my time in the small villages. In my experience, the happiest people in the world live in poor countries, in the smaller communities outside of big cities. They have lots of children around, lots of neighbors, the father working and the mother at home with the kids. The family has shelter, even if very simple, enough to eat and the children are able to go to school. If the father doesn't work, it causes lots of problems.

If they are wealthier than being able to cover their basic needs, or poorer that they don't have the ability to provide food and clothing for their children, the happiness level falls. If they live in the cities, they tend to be less happy because of a smaller social support system of friends and neighbors and far more exposure to what other people have around the world. That makes them feel they are missing out and suddenly become less satisfied with their own lives. The more exposure they have to wealth or wealthy people, the more they want.

By far and away, the happiest people were in the small villages of Laos, Cambodia and the Philippines. The one big change I noticed since leaving there and returning to Canada is that people are locked away behind gates here. There are no playgrounds filled with laughing kids and the adults are so busy and stressed. It was far harder to adjust coming home than it was going there.

You're such a Trump ball washer! - Duffy - Feb 8, 17 13:18
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