World's happiest and most prosperous countries.

Started Jan 20, 2013 | Discussions thread
Bill Randall
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Re: World's happiest and most prosperous countries.

carlk wrote:

Bill Randall 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.

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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