World's happiest and most prosperous countries.

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World's happiest and most prosperous countries.
Jan 20, 2013

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.

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carlk wrote:

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.

...really?

What a clown.

By the way...what is a "out right wing friend"?

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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.

Any statistic that does not list the USA as top dog must be flawed . . 

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carlk wrote:

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.

So do you plan to move to one of those utopian nations or will you tough it out here in the horrible USA - eventually dying a poor, unhappy soul?

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carlk wrote:

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.

...really?

What a clown.

By the way...what is a "out right wing friend"?

It's a one letter typo. Test your skills and see if you can figure it out.

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carlk wrote:

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.

So do you plan to move to one of those utopian nations or will you tough it out here in the horrible USA - eventually dying a poor, unhappy soul?

Don't you mean, "Move to Dubai" where all the patriotic American Corporations are going?

Just out of curiosity, why is it that pointing out that some countries manage their systems better than we do, means that that person is going to leave America? Leaving your home country to avoid taxes, etc, etc, seems to be a monopoly of the rich.

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carlk wrote:

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.

So do you plan to move to one of those utopian nations or will you tough it out here in the horrible USA - eventually dying a poor, unhappy soul?

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US is fine. Dropped from #10 last year to #12 this year. A lot of it I guess was due to many unhappy Republicans listening to the groom and doom stories all day long.

I'm perfectly happy to be in California but I wouldn't mind to live in most of the countries on the list, making a lot of money and paying a lot tax.

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carlk wrote:

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.

This data has been around a while, some countries have figured out the proper balances .

...I am surprised to see Ireland on it as it doesn't seem to being doing that well economically....but no one can deny that the typical Irishman is a happy fellow.

What is more interesting is to see the reactions of our forum members....very revealing yet predictable.

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carlk wrote:

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.

This data has been around a while, some countries have figured out the proper balances .

...I am surprised to see Ireland on it as it doesn't seem to being doing that well economically....but no one can deny that the typical Irishman is a happy fellow.

What is more interesting is to see the reactions of our forum members....very revealing yet predictable.

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Maybe it means that money does not always bring happiness ?

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carlk wrote:

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.

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Don_D wrote:

carlk wrote:

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.

This data has been around a while, some countries have figured out the proper balances .

...I am surprised to see Ireland on it as it doesn't seem to being doing that well economically....but no one can deny that the typical Irishman is a happy fellow.

What is more interesting is to see the reactions of our forum members....very revealing yet predictable.

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Maybe it means that money does not always bring happiness ?

If everyone but a few in your society get nothing but crumbs, and you don't know what people in other countries have, yes you can be happy with crumbs. If you have been convinced that you can rely upon others to provide your needs, yes you can be happy.

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Don_D wrote:

carlk wrote:

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.

This data has been around a while, some countries have figured out the proper balances .

...I am surprised to see Ireland on it as it doesn't seem to being doing that well economically....but no one can deny that the typical Irishman is a happy fellow.

What is more interesting is to see the reactions of our forum members....very revealing yet predictable.

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Maybe it means that money does not always bring happiness ?

Money is actually an important factor.  Countries on top of the list all have very high per captial GDP although they also pay very high taxes.  Social safty net supported by the taxes is a factor for the happiness though.

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carlk wrote:

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.

I would not disagree with that listing in a general sense.

Altho, these kind of rankings seldom take into account the smaller nations...which also may be 'happy' places to reside.

For example, a place like Malta could be an example.

I would also think that Malaysia and Singapore would be pretty high up on any list like this today.

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What is more interesting is to see the reactions of our forum members....very revealing yet predictable.

no kidding

the lefties will scramble around ANYTHING they can throw in someone's face to gloat and insult about

it's almost like they're unsure what to think until there's some band wagon, THEN they're on it ...

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carlk wrote:

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.

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nevada5 wrote:

carlk wrote:

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.

So do you plan to move to one of those utopian nations or will you tough it out here in the horrible USA - eventually dying a poor, unhappy soul?

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carlk wrote:

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.

This data has been around a while, some countries have figured out the proper balances .

...I am surprised to see Ireland on it as it doesn't seem to being doing that well economically....but no one can deny that the typical Irishman is a happy fellow.

What is more interesting is to see the reactions of our forum members....very revealing yet predictable.

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Give us a chance Bill were just getting out of bed.

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Don_D wrote:

carlk wrote:

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.

This data has been around a while, some countries have figured out the proper balances .

...I am surprised to see Ireland on it as it doesn't seem to being doing that well economically....but no one can deny that the typical Irishman is a happy fellow.

What is more interesting is to see the reactions of our forum members....very revealing yet predictable.

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Give us a chance Bill were just getting out of bed.

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Sorry Don.

I meant Don not Bill, haven't dad a shower yet. 

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carlk wrote:

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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carlk wrote:

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.

I would not disagree with that listing in a general sense.

Altho, these kind of rankings seldom take into account the smaller nations...which also may be 'happy' places to reside.

For example, a place like Malta could be an example.

I would also think that Malaysia and Singapore would be pretty high up on any list like this today.

KEV

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Not Singapore anymore Kev, To many people on a small island, not enough houses, not enough jobs, their overflow is heading to Australia. Their employment rate is static because of the people leaving, but they are nice people and were happy to have them.

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