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The Happiest Place on Earth? - January 16th 2010, 04:54 AM

This news article is a little old, but really interesting. And it's a happy story. About happy places. Woo!

Where's the Happiest Place on Earth? Denmark, apparently.

I think Americans would have the government's proverbial head if they had to pay taxes that high, but it seems like it works. Maybe I'll be moving to Denmark.



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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth? - January 16th 2010, 06:03 AM

I read about this the other day. I was like wow, I wonder what makes it so happy? I want to go there now and find out.


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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth? - January 16th 2010, 06:13 AM

gah, it's not places that make you happy.. it's the people that you're with.

interesting though. kinda random country to come out on top, but i guess all you Danish folk are happy!


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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth? - January 16th 2010, 09:40 AM

That makes me smile...




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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth? - January 16th 2010, 09:49 AM

I've been to Denmark, it is a really nice country
   
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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth? - January 16th 2010, 02:48 PM

Makes a lot of sense really, if the government are spending that much on children and health care, just about every person in Denmark will be able to access it. I think it sets a good example to other countries. I'm quite surprised that china was low in that list (see below), I guess the economic highs of the last 15 years have left a few people behind or some bitter. Apart from the fact the government is a little oppressive and restrictive.

High taxes provide governments with much needed money for infrastructure, education, health care, social security, defence and some on international development. That's a lot to have to provide to millions of people, 307M in the US, 198M in Brazil, 127M in Japan. That's a lot of people to have to provide services too and provide infrastructure for, especially considering the national average to send ONE student/pupil to school for a year is $9,866 - then how many 5-18 year olds are there in a country.... Considering how much the government needs to spend to at least provide this to it's population, I'm surprised taxes are so low in some countries (GST is 5 or 6% across Canada, and in Alberta that's all they pay, others have another 5% PST (provincial sales tax) and HST is being introduced to to provinces soon).

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The 20 happiest nations in the World are:
1 - Denmark
2 - Switzerland
3 - Austria
4 - Iceland
5 - The Bahamas
6 - Finland
7 - Sweden
8 - Bhutan
9 - Brunei
10 - Canada
11 - Ireland
12 - Luxembourg
13 - Costa Rica
14 - Malta
15 - The Netherlands
16 - Antigua and Barbuda
17 - Malaysia
18 - New Zealand
19 - Norway
20 - The Seychelles
Other notable results include:
23 - USA
35 - Germany
41 - UK
62 - France
82 - China
90 - Japan
125 - India
167 - Russia
The three least happy countries were:
176 - Democratic Republic of the Congo
177 - Zimbabwe
178 - Burundi


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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth? - January 16th 2010, 04:57 PM

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gah, it's not places that make you happy.. it's the people that you're with.
I agree with this completely! I could be anywhere, and if I was with the right people I'd be happy! For me the happiest place on earth is anywhere I can be with the people I love. But then again, I've never been to Denmark, so maybe I should give it a try.





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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth? - January 16th 2010, 05:22 PM

The article does mention that they suspect it has a lot to do with the company they keep with one another.

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Hanging out with other Danes just may be their happiness secret. Ninety-two percent of Danes belong to some kind of social club, dancing, singing, even practicing laughing with other Danes. Get a few people together who enjoy model train building, for example, and the government will pay for it. In Denmark, even friendship is subsidized.



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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth? - January 16th 2010, 11:04 PM

My mum told me about this, and I think it's rather grand. Denmark sounds like a really cool place to be,


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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth? - January 17th 2010, 06:02 PM

1 - Denmark
4 - Iceland
6 - Finland
7 - Sweden
11 - Ireland

I have a theory that this is only because the low light conditions (which are well-known for contributing to a high suicide rate) forces people to spend lots of time socialising or, if that's not possible, drinking. So essentially the developed countries which have the most hostile climates develop massive drinking cultures which contributes to their citizens' feelings of happiness.

For happiest countries I'd actually vote Switzerland where there seems to be a good voter-government relationship - I heard they once voted to raise taxes because they knew they'd be put to good use. We need more of that.
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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth? - January 18th 2010, 02:56 PM

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1 - Denmark
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I have a theory that this is only because the low light conditions (which are well-known for contributing to a high suicide rate) forces people to spend lots of time socialising or, if that's not possible, drinking. So essentially the developed countries which have the most hostile climates develop massive drinking cultures which contributes to their citizens' feelings of happiness.

For happiest countries I'd actually vote Switzerland where there seems to be a good voter-government relationship - I heard they once voted to raise taxes because they knew they'd be put to good use. We need more of that.
I really didnt expect to see to many european countries at the top.
But I liked your theory explaining it
And youre right we definatly need some of that in the UK... using taxes to pay for moats makes me not want to part with my money...
   
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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth? - January 18th 2010, 04:10 PM

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1 - Denmark
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I have a theory that this is only because the low light conditions (which are well-known for contributing to a high suicide rate) forces people to spend lots of time socialising or, if that's not possible, drinking. So essentially the developed countries which have the most hostile climates develop massive drinking cultures which contributes to their citizens' feelings of happiness.

For happiest countries I'd actually vote Switzerland where there seems to be a good voter-government relationship - I heard they once voted to raise taxes because they knew they'd be put to good use. We need more of that.
Great theory, if alcohol wasn't a depressant.
   
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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth? - January 18th 2010, 05:34 PM

50% - 70% income taxes; happiest nation in the world.

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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth? - January 18th 2010, 07:40 PM

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Great theory, if alcohol wasn't a depressant.
Firstly a depressant is not exactly a drug which causes depression, the similarity only exists in the names. Depressants are drugs which basically slow down the body (ok ok not a great description, but good enough for me ).

What's interesting about alcohol is that a person's perception of what effect alcohol has on the body will determine what reaction he has to it - therefore in countries with established drinking cultures where drinking is associated with partying, people will use alcohol as a way to force themselves to enjoy themselves - thus with regular drinking routines comes a sense of regular enjoyment. It's only an illusion though, I wouldn't count it as lasting happiness.
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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth? - January 18th 2010, 09:15 PM

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Firstly a depressant is not exactly a drug which causes depression, the similarity only exists in the names. Depressants are drugs which basically slow down the body (ok ok not a great description, but good enough for me ).

What's interesting about alcohol is that a person's perception of what effect alcohol has on the body will determine what reaction he has to it - therefore in countries with established drinking cultures where drinking is associated with partying, people will use alcohol as a way to force themselves to enjoy themselves - thus with regular drinking routines comes a sense of regular enjoyment. It's only an illusion though, I wouldn't count it as lasting happiness.
If that were the case, wouldn't many of the people asked answer with low numbers? My understanding is that European culture is much more about community and company than North American, and that probably just extends to drinking habits.


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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth? - January 18th 2010, 11:09 PM

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Firstly a depressant is not exactly a drug which causes depression, the similarity only exists in the names. Depressants are drugs which basically slow down the body (ok ok not a great description, but good enough for me ).

What's interesting about alcohol is that a person's perception of what effect alcohol has on the body will determine what reaction he has to it - therefore in countries with established drinking cultures where drinking is associated with partying, people will use alcohol as a way to force themselves to enjoy themselves - thus with regular drinking routines comes a sense of regular enjoyment. It's only an illusion though, I wouldn't count it as lasting happiness.
Thank you, I know what a depressant is, and I do know the affects alcohol has. Your theory is illogical, and if I cared enough/had enough time, I'd argue why.

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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth? - January 20th 2010, 07:42 PM

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If that were the case, wouldn't many of the people asked answer with low numbers? My understanding is that European culture is much more about community and company than North American, and that probably just extends to drinking habits.
Mmmm I don't know how to answer. There isn't much in the way of community anywhere I've been, but there's more local identity if you get what I mean But the community spirit died with transport and globalisation - now every third person in Ireland seems to be middle eastern...

No, I think they would reply well as they have routine enjoyment. Routine enjoyment equates to happiness.
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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth? - January 20th 2010, 07:49 PM

The happiest place on earth is wherever you find a happy place

But I may have to go to Denmark to see if i come out happier


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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth? - January 22nd 2010, 07:16 AM

srry i dont think uss is one of the happiest country speacially here in cali usa


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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth? - January 22nd 2010, 03:57 PM

Disney land is the happiest place on earth. Duh!!
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I didn't know that about denmark. Cool


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