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The Happiest Place on Earth (Switzerland No.2)

Three page article on ABC News-

Denmark: The Happiest Place on Earth


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Despite High Taxes, Danes Rank Themselves as Happy and Content
Not that happiness can be measured but are you all feeling happy?

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
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Old 14.01.2008, 08:33
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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth (Switzerland No.2)

´hmmmm, wouldnt mind testing out some of these places for myself... seychelles, mmmm.
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Old 14.01.2008, 08:33
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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth (Switzerland No.2)

England nowhere to be seen, Now I know why I left.
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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth (Switzerland No.2)

Sweden ? I thought they had the highest suicide rate .... Maybe this survey was done in summer .....
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Sweden ? I thought they had the highest suicide rate .... Maybe this survey was done in summer .....

Uhm its ABC News - that should tell you how likely it is to be believable

Generally speaking places with more sunlight have happier people... Switzerland must be really happy in summer to make up for the rest of the year.
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Old 14.01.2008, 10:06
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Uhm its ABC News - that should tell you how likely it is to be believable

Generally speaking places with more sunlight have happier people... Switzerland must be really happy in summer to make up for the rest of the year.

seems more like some combination of money, sun and employment stability.
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Generally speaking places with more sunlight have happier people...
Recently read a book about happiness which had a section on happiness of nations as well. It included a fairly scientific survey according to which Iceland is the happiest nation (NO sunlight) with CH very close to the top as well.

Also within CH the happiest people do live in the canton Zug and not in Ticino. So sunlight probably has a small influence compared to other factors. Apparently, social security, small income variations, and a feeling of being in control of your life (direct democracy) have the biggest influence on how happy people are.
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Sweden ? I thought they had the highest suicide rate .... Maybe this survey was done in summer .....
The Swedes are pretty happy. They think they're the cats' whiskers of Scandinavia. In Winter and Summer they are happy. They do know how to enjoy themselves. Even though the *entire* country plunges into a national depression in Winter (svartmod) they drink their grogg (paint can moonshine) to make up for it, both depression and elation are resultant of a combined national effort, in true socialist form

There are some casualties, but I'm sure they die comfortably.

In Summer though, there's no place like Sweden. Walk down the Avenue in Göteborg in Summer and you'll have to wear a neckbrace.
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Sweden ? I thought they had the highest suicide rate .... Maybe this survey was done in summer .....
Actually I think Finland has the highest suicide rate and they rate above Sweden in the happeness stakes
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Actually I think Finland has the highest suicide rate and they rate above Sweden in the happeness stakes
Funny that, the Swedes spend a lot of time thanking Thor and Odin that they are not Finnish or Norwegian (even though Finland and Norway are rolling in money now). For some reason they leave the Danes alone (perhaps because they know on some sub-conscious level that the Danes actually got it right, that the Danes are actually happy. While Scandinavia take the piss out of each other, the Danes sit back and chuckle about them)

Amazing how much self-bestowed kudos can come from the safety match, tetrapak and flatpack furniture.
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"Further analysis showed that a nation's level of happiness was most closely associated with health levels (correlation of .62), followed by wealth (.52), and then provision of education (.51).

So that would explained why the UK are down at 41st place given the state of the NHS and the Education system
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2 - Switzerland +
3 - Austria
Seems like I took a good decision to move from 3 to 2... but there ain't much left to go from here.
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I hear Copenhagen is nice this time of year...
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Just because several people are depressed and off themselves doesn't mean the rest of the population is unhappy (or happy, for that matter), too.
Statistics are statistics. You can't read more into it than face value -- one can only make a few correlations here and there.
No Islamic nation is on the 'unhappy' list probably because suicide is such a taboo there. But that doesn't mean most of the people there (especially many women who don't enjoy the rights and egalitarian standing you and I take for granted) are 'happiest'.

On a lighter note, I think Malaysia is on the 'happy' list (despite the alarmingly rising violent-crime rate and need for political reform) because people there are generally easy-going, family-oriented, have lots of friends and like to eat a lot (eating out is relatively cheap) and chat a lot. Medical care is also quite affordable and education (no matter how erratic its quality is) is free until age 19. Mothers who choose to work outside their homes can quite easily get affordable childcare (the quality of which is sometimes questionable though).
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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth (Switzerland No.2)

Britain is definitely not in general a happy place at all. It's too crowded, too many foreign people not well integrated, infrastructure below par and the weather is famously crap. I'm glad to find Switzerland one of the happiest places on earth because that's where we're moving!

I can't vouch for the suicide rate. Because the numbers are small for suicide, it's difficult to correlate that to a certain set of factors. Also, the margin of error would be quite big for such small numbers. I don't think it's therefore a very good guide to the overall unhappiness of a place.
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Has the suicide rate, been adjusted by the Dignitas assisted-suicide cases that we here about?
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Re: The Happiest Place on Earth (Switzerland No.2)

So we can say, the happy people are happier, and the unhappy people are more suicidle in CH.

I think the suicide rate is more accurate than the figures which are trying to show how happy people are. How do you measure that accurately, you cant!
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So we can say, the happy people are happier, and the unhappy people are more suicidle in CH.

I think the suicide rate is more accurate than the figures which are trying to show how happy people are. How do you measure that accurately, you cant!
You can quantify everything. While happiness in itself is subjective, that does not present a problem for quantification because it's that subjective sense of happiness that you're trying to measure per capita to begin with. So per capita, if more people say they are happy, then they are. If you have a big enough sample size, you can extrapolate accurately how widespread that happiness is.

The question I have with suicide rate, especially in Switzerland where they allow assisted suicide is that there will be quite a few terminal patients who prefer a comfortable death. It doesn't mean they didn't live a happy life but they want a comfortable death as well which adds to happiness score.
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The grass is greener in Denmark!
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Not sure if this is in the correct area or not. Sorry if I am in error.

Just read an article on Forbes.com http://www.forbes.com/opinions/2008/04/23/happiest-places-world-oped-cx_ewe_0423happiest.html
that listed the top ten happiest places on the planet. Switzerland came in second with a happiness level of 8.1, just behind Denmark with a level of 8.2.
How does that score compare with your experience living here?
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