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Denmark's quality of life cracks Top Ten-Denmark placed a respectable ninth place on The Economist's
The Copenhagen Post ^ | 01.12.2006

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.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: denmark

1 posted on 12/02/2006 12:38:42 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

This ranking is biased towards socialist countries with lots of "social services" for free loaders.


2 posted on 12/02/2006 12:42:45 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Karl Rove isn't magnificent.)
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To: Lorianne

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.


3 posted on 12/02/2006 12:45:14 PM PST by mjp
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To: Lorianne
The Economist has rated Denmark as the ninth-best country in which to live for its 'World 2005' survey.

Denmark? Isn't Denmark the country where it's not against the law to practice bestiality?

4 posted on 12/02/2006 12:45:37 PM PST by processing please hold
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To: Lorianne

The title you created has been changed to the published title.

Please help us reduce duplicate threads by not paraphrasing a published title. Just use the title at the source of the article.

Thanks.


5 posted on 12/02/2006 12:46:07 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: Lorianne

Nations at the top of that list are relatively small and not as culturally diverse.


6 posted on 12/02/2006 12:47:13 PM PST by elfman2 (An army of amateurs doing the media's job.)
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To: Paleo Conservative
" This ranking is biased towards socialist countries with lots of "social services" for free loaders."

Remembering Anthropology 101, small monocultures can better distribute social services without it being abused, relying on cultural norms to police freeloaders

7 posted on 12/02/2006 12:50:51 PM PST by elfman2 (An army of amateurs doing the media's job.)
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To: elfman2
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?

8 posted on 12/02/2006 12:54:01 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Karl Rove isn't magnificent.)
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To: Lorianne

Ireland??? Then why do they always want to drink themselves to death?


9 posted on 12/02/2006 1:01:12 PM PST by Chi-townChief
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To: mjp

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?


10 posted on 12/02/2006 1:08:45 PM PST by Vigilanteman (Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud)
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To: Vigilanteman

It appears from this article that the rankings are based on how surveyed people felt about their own country.


11 posted on 12/02/2006 1:53:31 PM PST by Omega Man II
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To: Lorianne

Not all Europeans are near-sighted.


12 posted on 12/02/2006 1:58:33 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: Lorianne
The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.- Karl Marx

Democracy is the road to socialism. Karl Marx

Democracy is indispensable to socialism. The goal of socialism is communism. V.I. Lenin
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The U.S. is a republic NOT a democracy.. for good reason..

13 posted on 12/02/2006 2:05:45 PM PST by hosepipe (CAUTION: This propaganda is laced with hyperbole)
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To: Paleo Conservative
This ranking is biased towards socialist countries with lots of "social services" for free loaders.

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.

14 posted on 12/02/2006 2:16:57 PM PST by truth_seeker
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To: mjp
It is unfair to compare large countries to small ones.

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?

15 posted on 12/02/2006 2:22:28 PM PST by Prodigal Son
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To: Irish_Thatcherite
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.

Erin go Bragh to the top of the list!

16 posted on 12/02/2006 2:27:05 PM PST by aculeus
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To: Paleo Conservative

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.


17 posted on 12/02/2006 2:36:47 PM PST by MARKUSPRIME
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To: processing please hold
There isn't any need for bestiality laws in Denmark or Norway...

Oslo has some of the best looking woman anywhere.
18 posted on 12/02/2006 2:42:22 PM PST by Blackirish
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To: Lorianne

IMO, the US military allows the choice of the "the most desirable place to live".


19 posted on 12/02/2006 2:49:06 PM PST by Tripleplay
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To: Lorianne
The US and Canada were rated 13 and 14 respectively, while our other neighbours Holland and Poland were numbers 16 and 48.

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.

20 posted on 12/02/2006 2:49:30 PM PST by snowsislander
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To: truth_seeker
The number one ranking of Ireland is due in large part to their economic success, due in large part to low taxes

I will agree that Ireland is in much better shape than they were in say the 1980's when I first visited. A big however, is that this view is relevant to themselves.
Speaking as someone who endures a family "invasion' every summer from the Old Sod, their vision of the good life is much different than mine. Seeing my old Vette in the garage for the 1st time, some of them have expressions on their face like I am harboring an Alien space ship. A 17' skiboat and a couple of 4x4's puts me in the realm of ordinary in my neck of the woods. We are well off to them.
Is having Hotrods a good indicator of quality of life? Maybe not in your book, but the point is that owning such toys is all but impossible to them if they wanted to. The tax structure often quoted does not include the absurd taxes you have to pay on any road vehicle with over a 2 liter engine. This is not including the price of gas, which is obscenely high again due to taxes. They also have the VAT tax thing that kills them further.
Also in this survey is the personal freedom category. You should see the relatives when I open the Gun safe. The quote most often heard is "they' don't let us have these. I often ask who is "they", and why do "they" not let you have a gun? --- On some of these posts I have lurked on for years, I have often heard that you can own guns in Ireland. For the most part,the truth is no. Absolutely no handguns, no highpowered rifles, or repeating shotguns. I consider this a paramount freedom.
21 posted on 12/02/2006 3:14:51 PM PST by nationalmatch
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To: All

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...




The new (2006) editor is Daniel Franklin, and he is a contributing editor to "Washington Monthly" - which is described as a "progressives" (code word for liberal) must-read by James Carville.

According to former editor Bill Emmott: "The Economist's philosophy has always been liberal, not conservative"[5]. However, the views taken by individual contributors are quite diverse.




....just put their philosophy in mind when reading the article... The above came from a response to my liberal friend who was in a "I told you so" mind when the Economist came out supporting efforts to curb Global Warming - thinking it was a right wing rag...


22 posted on 12/02/2006 3:49:51 PM PST by az_gila (AZ - need less democrats)
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To: snowsislander

Thanks!


23 posted on 12/02/2006 3:54:05 PM PST by Lorianne
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To: elfman2

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!!!!


24 posted on 12/02/2006 4:33:48 PM PST by frankiep (Beer - the cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems)
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To: Lorianne

Yeah, but go to anywhere in the world and see what country people want to emigrate to? The USA.


25 posted on 12/02/2006 5:45:45 PM PST by OldPossum
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To: Lorianne; aculeus; Colosis; Black Line; Cucullain; SomeguyfromIreland; Youngblood; Fergal; Cian; ...
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.

And I thought it was EU hand-outs! < /very big sarc >

Thanks for the ping, aculeus!

Ireland Ping!

26 posted on 12/03/2006 8:14:45 AM PST by Irish_Thatcherite (A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!|What if I lecture Americans about America?)
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To: Lorianne

Ireland is pretty awesome. Lowering taxes has brought lots of business to the island and the country is booming.


27 posted on 12/03/2006 8:18:00 AM PST by Mercat
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To: Mercat

Yes, but I'm a bit worried about the economy - a lot of property developement, but not much else happening.


28 posted on 12/03/2006 9:11:13 AM PST by Irish_Thatcherite (A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!|What if I lecture Americans about America?)
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To: Irish_Thatcherite

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.


29 posted on 12/03/2006 9:28:36 AM PST by Mercat
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To: Mercat

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.


30 posted on 12/03/2006 11:42:30 AM PST by Irish_Thatcherite (A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!|What if I lecture Americans about America?)
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To: Chi-townChief

WHAT THE HELL IS YOUR PROBLEM? ARE YOU RACIST IDIOT?


31 posted on 12/03/2006 2:53:31 PM PST by Murtyo
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To: Murtyo; Chi-townChief

Now that I think of it... he has bashed our nation before!


32 posted on 12/08/2006 10:16:21 AM PST by Irish_Thatcherite (A vote for Bertie Ahern is a vote for Gerry Adams!|What if I lecture Americans about America?)
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To: Lorianne

Climate? Like in weather conditions? Are these folks nuts?

Take away their carbon and they freeze.


33 posted on 12/08/2006 11:19:35 AM PST by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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