10 Happiest Countries (06/2013)

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  1. Huntn, Jun 1, 2013
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    Interesting article in USA Today: USA not one of 10 happiest countries in world. The factors seem to be employment, health, and benefits, which I imagine are perks and social safety nets.

    Despite having the highest income, the U.S. ranks 14. (I could not pull up the link with all of the countries listed this morning.) My perception is one of the ranking factors for the U.S. and other countries not mentioned is political turmoil. I believe if our leaders are not happy, we will not be happy. Also a good opportunity to discuss the merits of socialism. Look at the list and the countries with "socialistic" tendencies. ;)

    Why have conservatives turned socialism into a dirty word? I presume it's because "I am paying something for someone else", however if you look at us as a group, we want our social security and our medicare. The key is to construct programs that can remain fiscally viable.

    I have a hard time believing Mexico made it into the top 10. Of course maybe I'm viewing it through the media lens of drug wars, corruption, kidnappings, and watching "Man on Fire" too many times. ;)

    1. Switzerland
    2. Norway
    3. Iceland
    4. Sweden
    5. Denmark
    6. Netherlands
    7. Austia
    8. Canada
    9. Finland
    10. Mexico

    Quality of life factors:
    • Employment
    • Health
    • Benefits directed at Residents


     
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    No problem believing any of those except Mexico. Its like Detroit except a country.

    "Mexico received a high life satisfaction score despite receiving low scores in a number of categories that make up the OECD's Better Life Index. No nation rated worse than Mexico in safety — the nation's murder rate of 23.7 murders per 100,000 residents in 2011 was the highest of any OECD nation and more than 10 times the OECD average that year. Additionally, 13.1% of residents had been assaulted or mugged in 2012, also the highest of any nation considered. Mexico also ranked as one of the worst nations for both work-life balance and income. The nation had one of the lowest averages for household disposable income in the OECD, at just $12,732 as of 2010. This is less than a third of the average disposable income in the United States. However, none of these factors have prevented Mexicans from being satisfied with their lives"

    What a ********.
     
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    yep... In that country, data was provided by the ruling junta/drug lord consortium. ;)
     
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    Yeah makes no sense that Mexico is up there, good to see Canada in the top the 10 though :)
     
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    Actually, they thought everyone was smiling in Canada when, in fact, their faces were frozen by the cold.

    I kid...I joke...I come from love...:p

    I'm so surprised that the US was 14th...

    I'm happy!

    I'm deliriously happy!

    Happy...happy...happy!




    Please help me!!
     
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    I find it interesting the prominent U.S. conservatives who like to point North when they want to high lite the dangers of socialism, hah! I'd like to see them put some effort into explaining this poll and Canada's prominent location on it. There's just no explaining (from their perspective) why they are so happy up there? Maybe because they can go to Texas and Florida in the winter? ;)
     
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    Here is another "Happiest countries" index.

    This one makes a bit more sense although it really is not a "happy country" index, but more based on various economic and social criteria.

    The World's Happiest Countries

    Australia
    Sweden
    Canada
    Norway
    Switzerland
    United States
    Denmark
    The Netherlands
    Iceland
    United Kingdom

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-22685260
     
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    there's been rioting and social unrest in Sweden over the last several weeks so "happiest" may not be all it's cranked up to be

    [​IMG]
     
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    Hrm yes, bad things happen in countries with high aggregate levels of happiness, guess we can dismiss the study then.
     
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    They probably looked at Vancouver only lol, I freeze my buttocks here in Montreal when it reaches -40 degrees during winter. :p

    What I find funny is that the ''happier'' a country is, the higher the suicide rate.
     
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    To be honest, I go to Mexico, and it's like, why DON'T people want to live here?! Nice weather, you can buy food and drinks all over the place, and the scenery is pretty nice. Especially when you drive in because of the nice few hours of just mountains.

    You shouldn't base your opinions of things from just news stories. It's a huge country too.
     
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    I agree, most of these countries are more "socialist", but then again, we need to consider another very important factor, which is the size of the countries. Taking out Mexico and Canada, all of these countries are very small. Their average population is 5-6 million people, populations which are very slowly increasing, if not already decreasing in size.

    I think these type of countries have a much easier way implementing a socialist style of government and economy.

    Mexico is quite a unique case. If you ever visit Mexico you'll notice that most people you talk to are truly happy. Specially the ones in the rural areas of Mexico, or outside the big cities. The drug war is a disaster, but what you see in the news is very far from what most of the country is like.

    Mexico has a very big poverty problem, but in difference with other countries, these people have their own farms, so even if they don't have houses with water and drain system, they do have always something to eat, they almost always have access to health facilities and also almost always have access to primary education.

    I think the difference lies that living in poverty within a city is very different from living in poverty in rural areas, were you know that whatever happens you'll always have access to food and basic health and education needs.
     
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    drug wars, corruption, kidnappings, and watching "Man on Fire" too many times... Seriously, although it's been many years since I've visited a border town, there seems to be very serious issues regarding drug lords and wars in those areas. Recently read an excellent article by a Mexican reporter in the vicinity of Laredo speaking of gangs and corruption, a reign of terror for everyday citizens.

    I can see that.
     
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    I see Australia does not even enter the top 10 of the first list. Makes no sense. Beautiful country with a great climate, good economy, good social benefits, low unemployment (much less than Canada and the US for example) etc, etc.
     
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    They probably didn't make the top 10 due to the fact that the flora and fauna is actively trying to maim and murder everyone who lives there.
     
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    Hehe :)
     
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    Sweeds have been quick to point out that the riots have been grossly overblown.
     
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    Laugh while you can...

    [​IMG]
     
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    Is that Fora on the left and Fauna on the right or vice versa? ;)
     
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    I'm sure the Swedes been happy to point that out! :p

    But do the rioters agree?

    edit;
    anyway, who's rioting?

    unemployed young immigrants? no wonder some Swedes are saying the whole thing is grossly overblown and was widely ignored by western media :rolleyes:
     
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    Fauna's the bigger one. It's also the most feared of the two because it spits box jellyfish at people before attacking.
     
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    Mehico. The country is so happy and prosperous, the entire population is running north to take a "permanent luxury vacation" in the impoverished Estados Unidos.
     
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    No, look at them as missionaries, bringing you the secret of true happiness.
     
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    Mexican food. [​IMG]
     

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