World's happiest and most prosperous countries.

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Bill Randall
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Re: World's happiest and most prosperous countries.
In reply to carlk, Jan 21, 2013

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carlk wrote:

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The top ten list from nonpartision Legatum Institute.

1. Norway
2. Denmark
3. Sweden
4. Australia
5. New Zealand
6. Canada
7. Finland
8. The Netherlands
9. Switzerland
10. Ireland

I had a hard time to find one on the list that is NOT a "socialist", "income redistribute", "tax and spending" and "godless" country according to out right wing friends. Perhaps those are not bad things after all.

That list really tells me nothing. I have been to very poor - dirt poor - villages and towns and the people were very happy. For three months, around 1958, I lived in a small town in Puerto Rico. Few people had a car or tv, or an expensive home - but they were happy. Even I did not miss a car or TV and I was 18 years old at the time.

I would expect most of the "Happy" nations have few poor because tax money provides poor with enough money and fringe benefits to be happy. In those nations that only provide medical expenses for having children, medical expenses for the family, food for the family, telephones, clothing, education, meals at school, textbooks and school buses - yes, they will be more dissatisfied.

Nice spin but name of this list was changed to most prosperous countries from happiest countries before last year to eliminate this confusion. Countries on top of the list also have very high personal income, many higher than that of the US. Providing social safety net does not conflict with good business environment that generates wealth for everyone.

Tell me this in 100 years.

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WSSA Member #281 on 04-23-09

This is already happening. You have never heard happiest workers are the most productive ones? An (unexpected) consequnce of the extensive social safety net in these countries, according to anaysis of a Forbes article, is people are not afraid to change jobs. They don't have to worry about unemployement income or medical care when change/leave jobs. In the end workers will be more likely to find a job that can best utilize their talents than having to hang on to a job they don't like. Free market competition works not just for business but for the work force as well.

I must admit, you painted a rosy picture for the worker - much of which has some merit. And now for the rest of the story.

In a free country, people that do not want to work do not have to work. If they do not want an education they do not have to have one. If single women want to have many children they can. How does the government handle this situation?

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