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Tuesday, August 01, 2006

world map of happiness

In a survey that rated 178 countries on their populations' overall sense of well-being, Denmark and Canada scored high on the "world map of happiness", according to this article. Using the criteria of health, wealth, and access to education as measures of happiness, Canada scored 10th overall, while Denmark was at the very top. Interesting.


Blogger country dweller said...

I think the reason is that any kind of medical treatment you need is free for all in Denmark, and education is also free. You even get paid enough to survive while you study. About wealth, well, most pay more than half of what they earn in taxes, but the minimum wage is around 15 US dollars an hour, so you can live with it. Denmark is the country in the world with the least difference between rich and poor peoples' earnings (including those on 'welfare'), which make up for much of our social stability, I think. Many studies show that it's the difference in wealth that make people unhappy more than the lack of wealth.

August 01, 2006 6:29 p.m.

Blogger KJ's muse said...

Sounds like a good set-up, country dweller. And yeah, lack of an income gap is probably key. Thanks for providing some more detail.

August 03, 2006 10:35 p.m.


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