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Where Are the World’s Happiest Countries?
time.com ^ | April 6 2012 | Sonia van Gilder Cooke

Posted on 04/06/2012 9:22:38 PM PDT by NoLibZone

If you’re happy and you know it, you probably live in one of these countries. The U.N. has released a new list ranking countries in terms of happiness, based on Gallup polls taken from 2005-2011.

The top 5 are:

  1. Denmark
  2. Finland
  3. Norway
  4. Netherlands

  5. Canada

There’s definitely a pattern here.

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To: llandres
"Wonder if people from any of these “happiest” countries were offered instant, automatic U.S. citizenship - think they’d turn it down?"

Are you serious? Maybe 20 years ago, not now.

Do you actually think that government organizations like ATF, DHS, DEA, IRS, FBI, EPA exist in other countries in the form they do in yours? You might think you have more freedom than citizens in other countries. What makes you so sure?

51 posted on 04/07/2012 6:01:12 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: NoLibZone

Why are there no Middle Eastern of African countries on the happy list?


52 posted on 04/07/2012 6:04:44 AM PDT by rfreedom4u (Just because someone thinks it's a good idea doesn't make it legal.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian
Agree that there are too many Socialist programs here. But how much of your taxes do you think go to fund your Nationalized healthcare? I worked in the NHS in Britain. I wasn't registered there (but they let me work) and I made peanuts. My tax bite was 50%. People do work harder here but are allowed to have the rewards for that hard work. I would like to scale down the Socialist programs here but Obama has injected them with cocaine and they are now monstrosities. When the Republicans took control of Congress in the 90s, Clinton triangulated and worked with them. The Socialist programs were scaled down and the country was more prosperous. One question: when something goes wrong medically, can Canadians sue the Doctor? Malpractice is way too easy here for the complainants to score big, with a hefty percentage going to the lawyers. I have read that Obamacare reduces the Doctor's income but still allows for big malpractice suits. How many Doctors do you think will retire? How many will go into medicine with no protection from frivolous lawsuits? We are heading for a disaster unless the SCOTUS strikes down the whole law. All 2,700 pages of it.
53 posted on 04/07/2012 6:50:42 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: originalbuckeye
Agree that there are too many Socialist programs here. But how much of your taxes do you think go to fund your Nationalized healthcare?

Lots, never denied it. Too much, as a matter of fact. Since healthcare is "free" it is overused. Personally, I have had real medical doctors remove small wood slivers and stitches, no waiting by the way. To me, this is a great waste of talent. Health care in Canada needs to be reworked to make it more efficient and cheaper.

One question: when something goes wrong medically, can Canadians sue the Doctor?

Umm, yes. However this is a much less litigious society. If you sue someone and lose, you will probably have to pay their legal bills. Lawyers don't like to take on frivolous cases either.

54 posted on 04/07/2012 7:06:54 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (Obamanomics-We don't need your stinking tar sands oil, we'll just grow algae.)
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To: re_nortex

Yes, that stood out to me as well when I saw the list - socialist and.....rapidly being overtaken by Muslims in most cases. They’re examples of where we’re headed, particularly under the Wan.

And, as I said, this utopian list is from the UN which means the U.S. no good. It’s kinda like the global ranking of health care and longevity that showed America WAY down on the list - it was put out by the World Health Org, another NWO group.


55 posted on 04/07/2012 7:41:15 AM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: Aria

I can relate - my brother in law gets his “news” from MSNBC, Jon Stewart and loves Rachel Maddow. He blasts conservatives and FNC but would never try watching it himself. Unfortunately, he’s brainwashed my sister who should know better (we come from generations of small business owners and farmers). And he retired from Coca Cola, his dad from Procter and Gamble (both were executives and have very nice stock portfolios).

He and she have become millionaires thanks to corporate America, he is very materialistic yet blasts “big business” every chance he gets. A very hypocritical Limousine Liberal. It’s beyond frustrating to even try discussing reality with them. Sad.


56 posted on 04/07/2012 8:09:12 AM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Thanks. Once when living in Britain, I slammed my thumb in a car door. Went to the Emergency room where they used a hot paper clip to puncture the nail and let out the blood. No one was in the waiting room. I suspect, if Obamacare continues, that spoiled Americans will flood the offices and Emergency rooms for any little thing. And will be really angry to have to wait hours because we have been used to a reasonable wait time. Americans have had it good for decades. They have NO IDEA what’s coming. Brits and Canadians are more stoic. Not Americans. With no private money in Research (when you are paying taxes at 50% in the lowest tax bracket you don’t think you should have to put any more money into medicine )there won’t be the breakthroughs in medicine like we have had in past years. And in the end, you don’t really believe that the Government (especially when dominated by Liberals) wants to spend 17% of the American economy on our Healthcare, do you? And ‘elective’ surgery? My husband’s cousin had to wait 2 years to get an appointment with the NHS to have her gall bladder removed.


57 posted on 04/07/2012 8:41:06 AM PDT by originalbuckeye
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To: llandres

Your brother in law sounds like a good example of “liberalism is a mental disorder”.

I work in tax accounting dept of a Fortune 500 company with some very smart people and I’m shocked at how many are way liberal. They discuss the previous night’s Maddow and Stewart in the morning. (Haven’t heard anything about Olbermann lately...he he) I suspect if pressed they’d have to admit that wanting to appear cool is part of their motivation because it sure isn’t logic.


58 posted on 04/07/2012 8:47:32 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 wasn't an election - it was a coup d'etat.)
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To: NoLibZone
Happiness is a subjective thing, no? And hard to measure. But they are trying to measure it in terms of objective statistics, like GDP. And some very unobjective numbers they've generated themselves to "measure" things like "responsibility towards the environment", "cultural participation" and "spirituality" -- along with answers to the "are you happy" question.

What they're doing is combining wealth with security and some very trendy social values to produce a ranking that may not accurately reflect how happy people actually feel. You could say that in the UN's eyes zoo animals, well-fed and cared for, would be happier than those on the open range, but what's really behind this is the attempt to replace GNP or GDP with a manipulable number based on "politically correct" social policies.

59 posted on 04/07/2012 9:03:00 AM PDT by x
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They have Finland at #2, but I have read that Finland has an unusually high suicide rate. Maybe the people who killed themselves had become more depressed because everyone else was so happy?

Sweden's not in the top 5. Too many immigrants?

60 posted on 04/07/2012 10:02:27 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Alberta's Child

I found Singapore depressing. I found the people depressed.


61 posted on 04/07/2012 12:44:08 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

Hey, I for one fully recognize that we are have been a fully Socialist nation with the election of our radical communist Muslim Socialist president. He even nationalized banks, insurers, and auto manufacturers, among others.

With the creme de la creme being our newly passed programme of Socialized Medicine, (programme spelled that way for emphasis).

We are awash in “social justice” and green socialism.

You bet your sweet bippy the USA is a Socialist nation. Darn tootin. And if Obama is re-elected, it will be codified as hard Socialism and there will be no turning back from it.

Kiss this nation good bye, and good luck China as the new leader of the free world. Enjoy enslaving it.


62 posted on 04/07/2012 6:00:59 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (REPEAL OBAMACARE. Nothing else matters.)
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