Skip to comments.Denmark's quality of life cracks Top Ten-Denmark placed a respectable ninth place on The Economist's
Posted on 12/02/2006 12:38:38 PM PST by Lorianne
British magazine The Economist has rated Denmark as the ninth-best country in which to live for its 'World 2005' survey.
The survey is a quality of life study that takes such factors into consideration as income, health, levels of freedom, unemployment, climate, security and equal opportunity.
Ireland topped the list, and all countries in the top 10 are European, with the exception of Australia at number six.
Denmark lagged behind its Scandinavian neighbours Norway at number three and Sweden at number five. Icelanders were also content at number seven, while the Germans, French and Brits found more fault with their countries, placing them further down in the list's 20s.
The US and Canada were rated 13 and 14 respectively, while our other neighbours Holland and Poland were numbers 16 and 48.
The study stated that Ireland's position at the top of the list was due to its having a good balance between recent economic progress and old-fashioned values such as stability in family life and community, a combination which benefited citizens' well-being and lifestyle.
This ranking is biased towards socialist countries with lots of "social services" for free loaders.
US is #1 in large countries. Norway only has a population of what, about 5,000,000 people. It is unfair to compare large countries to small ones.
Denmark? Isn't Denmark the country where it's not against the law to practice bestiality?
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Nations at the top of that list are relatively small and not as culturally diverse.
Remembering Anthropology 101, small monocultures can better distribute social services without it being abused, relying on cultural norms to police freeloaders
Oh, you mean the boring countries with boring white people populating them?
Ireland??? Then why do they always want to drink themselves to death?
Norway also has enough oil money that they can afford annual paid vacations for the unemployed . . . but I noticed this nanny-state loving rag ranked us ahead of Canada. How could this happen when they have fully socialized medicine and we don't?
It appears from this article that the rankings are based on how surveyed people felt about their own country.
Not all Europeans are near-sighted.
Democracy is the road to socialism. Karl Marx
Democracy is indispensable to socialism. The goal of socialism is communism. V.I. Lenin
The U.S. is a republic NOT a democracy.. for good reason..
It would be interesting to know if you have ever lived in Europe, or anywhere outside the US.
It would also be interesting to learn how you know the bias of this survey.
A lot of other places with social services are far down the list, too. So I doubt that explains the rankings.
The number one ranking of Ireland is due in large part to their economic success, due in large part to low taxes.
Of course you know, the US has a lot of social services, just like Europe.
I lived in Europe, and really liked it. That was over 30 years ago, so it may have changed so much I would not like it now.
For example, I sure liked the libertarian approach to driving on autobahns and autostrada. And at that time I liked the conservative bier, too.
Why? If a small country has an advantage in quality of life, this is something I want to know about. Not many countries are big like the US. Many countries are small. If the idea behind such a list is to give me a good idea for a place to live (which is a big topic on my mind lately as I prepare to leave the UK) then it is useful to compare all countries, regardless of size. I don't necessarily want to accept lower quality of life with the excuse 'but I live in a big country so that's ok'.
Maybe we should withdraw from the Olympics and World Cup Tournament if small and big countries shouldn't be compared?
Bragh to the top of the list!
Yep. Socialist(communist lite) free health care/entitlements. Crappy economy and military goes along with it. Sorry I would rather be capitalist anyday.That type of system is a shyte magnet for muslims and other assorted 3rd worlders.
IMO, the US military allows the choice of the "the most desirable place to live".
Yes, but the U.S.'s score of 7.615 was quite close to Denmark's score of 7.796.
The full report from The Economist can be found here.
People - including my liberal friends think the Economist is some sort of right leaning periodical. However the following might help place it in the political spectrum...
Excellent point. That system works in Denmark because, when you think of it, the entire country can be compared to a tribe of a few million Vikings. Awesome!!!!
Yeah, but go to anywhere in the world and see what country people want to emigrate to? The USA.
And I thought it was EU hand-outs! < /very big sarc >
Thanks for the ping, aculeus!
Ireland is pretty awesome. Lowering taxes has brought lots of business to the island and the country is booming.
Yes, but I'm a bit worried about the economy - a lot of property developement, but not much else happening.
I was told that virtually everyone is employed who wants to be and that the computer industry had lots going on there. Tourism is booming. Not much agriculture though.
It's hard to explain.. a lot of borrowed money floating around when it comes to housing - which wouldn't be bad, only people are living beyond their means.
WHAT THE HELL IS YOUR PROBLEM? ARE YOU RACIST IDIOT?
Now that I think of it... he has bashed our nation before!
Climate? Like in weather conditions? Are these folks nuts?
Take away their carbon and they freeze.
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