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entremet
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(03-20-2017, 04:22 PM)
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Norway is the happiest place on Earth, according to a United Nations agency report - toppling neighbour Denmark from the number one position.

The World Happiness Report measures "subjective well-being" - how happy the people are, and why.

Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland and and Finland round out the top five, while the Central African Republic came last.

Western Europe and North America dominated the top of table, with the US and UK at 14th and 19th, respectively.

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa and those hit by conflict have predictably low scores. Syria placed 152 of 155 countries - Yemen and South Sudan, which are facing impending famine, came in at 146 and 147.

The World Happiness Report was released to coincide with the United Nations' International Day of Happiness on 20 March.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-39325206

US>UK forever and always ;)

Canada beats us both, though.
MikeHattsu
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(03-20-2017, 04:22 PM)
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Woo
Flai
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Finland in the top five? I feel like that cant be right :P
zero_suit
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(03-20-2017, 04:24 PM)
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Northern Europe always dominates these types of lists.
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(03-20-2017, 04:25 PM)
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So...like...not Disney World then.

I mean, are you SURE though?
Laevateinn
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(03-20-2017, 04:25 PM)
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Originally Posted by Flai

Finland in the top five? I feel like that cant be right :P

Loss of happiness due to perpetual winter is offset by vodka and heavy metal.
Flai
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(03-20-2017, 04:27 PM)
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Originally Posted by Laevateinn

Loss of happiness due to perpetual winter is offset by vodka and heavy metal.

I'm not sure if either of those bring happiness in the long run :P
Majine
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(03-20-2017, 04:28 PM)
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Nordic countries with 5 out of the 10 top spots.
perfectchaos007
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(03-20-2017, 04:28 PM)
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How is this possible? They aren't even very religious
ReplacementPelican
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(03-20-2017, 04:30 PM)
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Originally Posted by entremet

US>UK forever and always ;)
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Aye, they always did say ignorance was bliss, didn't they?

Top 10 is very predictable these days, though, in the Gaf rankings I'm sure Australia would be dead last due to the scary creatures.

I know a lot of people who want to move to Canada actually, Brexit will probably help that along nicely.
MikeHattsu
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(03-20-2017, 04:30 PM)
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Originally Posted by Majine

Nordic countries with 5 out of the 10 top spots.

Sweden letting everybody else down though :P
Majine
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(03-20-2017, 04:31 PM)
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Originally Posted by MikeHattsu

Sweden letting everybody else down though :P

You need a realist in the gang to keep everyone sane :p

Så är det.
entremet
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(03-20-2017, 04:32 PM)
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Originally Posted by ReplacementPelican

Aye, they always did say ignorance was bliss, didn't they?

Top 10 is very predictable these days, though, in the Gaf rankings I'm sure Australia would be dead last due to the scary creatures.

I know a lot of people who want to move to Canada actually, Brexit will probably help that along nicely.

Who would've thought the land of Vikings would become this lol.
Aku-Audi
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This makes sense, the latest season of Paradise Hotel just started on TV3 so we have a lot to celebrate and be happy about.
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Originally Posted by perfectchaos007

How is this possible? They aren't even very religious

Based on their echo chamber and their standard of happiness is different from other countries

This book does a good deal speaking about the subject

entremet
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(03-20-2017, 04:37 PM)
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Originally Posted by Schattenjäger

Based on their echo chamber and their standard of happiness is different from other countries

This book does a good deal speaking about the subject

Thanks for the rec. Looks interesting.
Kayhan
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(03-20-2017, 04:39 PM)
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Originally Posted by Majine

Nordic countries with 5 out of the 10 top spots.

Rest of the world are you even trying?
entremet
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(03-20-2017, 04:40 PM)
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Originally Posted by perfectchaos007

How is this possible? They aren't even very religious

The embrace true capitalism along with strong social services.

Its possible and not a contradiction unlike the thought of some posters who think capitalism is the worse thing ever.
shira
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(03-20-2017, 04:41 PM)
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Canada 7th?

lul
RalchAC
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(03-20-2017, 04:43 PM)
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Originally Posted by Majine

Nordic countries with 5 out of the 10 top spots.

I mean, it makes sense. It's really sad going to class in April where I live, seeing how the grass is green, the sun is shining in the sky and it's like 25 degrees outside.

But you are stuck in a classroom, looking through the windows at the people that is hanging around and having fun while you are acting as if you listened to that day's lecture.
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Originally Posted by Kayhan

Rest of the world are you even trying?

To be fair, Norway has a population of 5 million people and nice fat oil reserves that help financially support their very progressive culture (they also are ok with high taxes which definitely helps, that is definitley something more unique to nordic countries). I'm very jealous of how Norwegian people get to live, but also understand it's not necessarily feasible in larger countries.
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I'm Finnish and I just wonder how the hell did we end up that high in this list. Everyone is miserable here during fall and winter seasons. :P It's funny seeing how so many of my friends change to totally different persons when the spring comes (me included). We also have high suicide numbers etc.

It's the alcohol consumption isn't it? We like to get fucked and party.
zeemumu
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(03-20-2017, 04:44 PM)
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Disney's gonna sue.
faridmon
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(03-20-2017, 04:45 PM)
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Its OK

Just wish it wasn't so expensive to live
RM8
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(03-20-2017, 04:46 PM)
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I can't find the full list >:(

And congrats to the Nordic countries for remaining happy as usual! :P
SillyEskimo
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(03-20-2017, 04:53 PM)
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Originally Posted by perfectchaos007

How is this possible? They aren't even very religious

You answered your own question
Zaru
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(03-20-2017, 04:54 PM)
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At this point I'm half convinced that nordics are genetically predisposed to easier happiness because how the fuck else would anyone live that close to the polar circle for that long
EGM1966
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Well done my crazy (but happy) Nordic friends. Just back from a few nights out in Copenhagen - terrific fun. Hoping to get back to Norway/Sweden later this year.

I remember the first time I took my (at the time very young) kids to Norway and Finland. I asked them what they thought afterwards and they said "very clean and everything works". What more could you want?
CoolOff
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(03-20-2017, 04:54 PM)
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Originally Posted by zero_suit

Northern Europe always dominates these types of lists.

And that's in spite us just coming out of 6 months of permanent darkness.
Autumn Wind
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(03-20-2017, 04:54 PM)
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Sweden at number 10 surprises me. They used to be higher.
RM8
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(03-20-2017, 04:55 PM)
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Originally Posted by Zaru

At this point I'm half convinced that nordics are genetically predisposed to easier happiness because how the fuck else would anyone live that close to the polar circle for that long

Cold weather > hot weather. Sorry, it's true, and I'll use nordic people's eternal happiness as living proof of this.
LJ11
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(03-20-2017, 04:55 PM)
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Slightly OT, best weeks/months for a vacation in Norway? Don't want to do Summer, how's the fall/spring?
ahoyhoy
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(03-20-2017, 04:57 PM)
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The cold must have just frozen their faces into a smile.
El Topo
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(03-20-2017, 04:58 PM)
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Originally Posted by RM8

I can't find the full list >:(

http://worldhappiness.report/ed/2017/
Specifically Chapter 2.
CoolOff
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(03-20-2017, 04:59 PM)
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Originally Posted by LJ11

Slightly OT, best weeks/months for a vacation in Norway? Don't want to do Summer, how's the fall/spring?

Depends on how far north you're going, but late spring should be good. It's always a crapshoot with the weather though, but at least it'll be bright.
Last edited by CoolOff; 03-20-2017 at 05:03 PM.
capitalCORN
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(03-20-2017, 05:00 PM)
Canada! Canada! Canada!
RM8
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Originally Posted by El Topo

http://worldhappiness.report/ed/2017/
Specifically Chapter 2.

Thanks!

Eh, Mexico not doing too bad :) We're a happy bunch.
daCuk
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(03-20-2017, 05:05 PM)
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Costa Rica is in 12th place, even with our awful highways system.
Tart Toter 9k
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Originally Posted by LJ11

Slightly OT, best weeks/months for a vacation in Norway? Don't want to do Summer, how's the fall/spring?

i'd say winter > summer > spring > fall but it all depends on where you are going.
Fall is usually plauged by rain so if you plan to go outside you should keep that in mind. I think bergen had 280+ rainy days in 2016 and there are places with more rain than that.
Alessandro
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(03-20-2017, 05:12 PM)
Happiness is eating snowflakes.
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(03-20-2017, 05:13 PM)
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Part of this is culturally subjective, to be fair. You could put the average Briton into the exact same lifestyle and conditions as the average Norwegian and we'd still be sod miserable. It'd be terrible if we didn't have anything to complain about, I don't even know what I'd do with my spare time.
Kotetsu534
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(03-20-2017, 05:20 PM)
I feel like a survey that looked at separate demographics within countries would be interesting: i.e. where in the world are pensioners happiest? mothers of children under 5? young men? children? the rich? the poor?
entremet
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(03-20-2017, 05:21 PM)
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Originally Posted by Crab

Part of this is culturally subjective, to be fair. You could put the average Briton into the exact same lifestyle and conditions as the average Norwegian and we'd still be sod miserable. It'd be terrible if we didn't have anything to complain about, I don't even know what I'd do with my spare time.

lol.
KillerMan91
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Originally Posted by ahoyhoy

The cold must have just frozen their faces into a smile.

I feel people overstate how cold it's in Nordics. it's not nearly as cold here as the latitude would indicate (far warmer than in somewhere like Alaska or north Siberia that share the same latitude). Especially in southern Norway, Finland and Sweden. For example this winter there was maybe something like 3 weeks in total that you had enough snow to cross ski here in southern Finland (I love cross country skiing so this winter sucked)
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Mr.Pig
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Nooo! I demand a recount.
Being presented with lists where we are not number one makes Danes sad. :-(
Zaru
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Originally Posted by RM8

Cold weather > hot weather. Sorry, it's true, and I'll use nordic people's eternal happiness as living proof of this.

Mild weather > both though
I live in one of those crazy countries where both body temperature and 10 degrees below the freezing point are regular weather occurences, and the inbetween is what really feels best

Originally Posted by Crab

Part of this is culturally subjective, to be fair. You could put the average Briton into the exact same lifestyle and conditions as the average Norwegian and we'd still be sod miserable. It'd be terrible if we didn't have anything to complain about, I don't even know what I'd do with my spare time.

Australians are just Brits with significantly more sun exposure
MaxDOL
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(03-20-2017, 05:41 PM)
Cold place is not happy place.
I prefer weather that are over 20 Celsius.

And I hate high tax.
Snaku
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Bullshit, Walt Disney World is.
LJ11
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(03-20-2017, 05:46 PM)
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Thanks for the replies, guess I'll make Summer an option, could pair it with another beach destination.
AndersK
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(03-20-2017, 05:48 PM)
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Firstt our Oil, now our happiness... DENMARK IS COMING FOR YOUUUUUUUU

j/k. Grats Scandinavbros

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