Thursday, July 29, 2010

Some people don't give a fratteratterpeggaloomer

Forbes, a magazine popular with business people, ranks the happiest countries in the world:
"The five happiest countries in the world--Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands--are all clustered in the same region, and all enjoy high levels of prosperity.

"The Scandinavian countries do really well," says Jim Harter, a chief scientist at Gallup, which developed the poll. "One theory why is that they have their basic needs taken care of to a higher degree than other countries. When we look at all the data, those basic needs explain the relationship between income and well-being."

Interesting. Canada's ruling political parties, mainstream media and business supported think tanks all claim that the way to a better society is less government, lower wages and reduced taxation. What are those Scandinavian countries doing wrong? Or, could it be that the higher purpose people in the North American ruling class don't give a fratteratterpeggaloomer about happy citizens.

Europe
  1. Denmark
  2. Finland
  3. Norway
Americas
  1. Costa Rica
  2. Canada
  3. Panama
Africa
  1. Malawi
  2. Libya
  3. Botswana
Asia
  1. New Zealand
  2. Israel
  3. Australia
Forbes also provides Mercer's list of the World's 10 Best Places to Live:
  • 1.  Vienna
  • 2.  Zurich
  • 3.  Geneva
  • 4.  Auckland (tie)
  • 4.  Vancouver (tie)
  • 6.  Düsseldorf
  • 7.  Munich (tie)
  • 7.  Frankfurt (tie)
  • 9.  Bern
  • 10. Syndey
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