World's happiest and most prosperous countries.

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RossAndrew Veteran Member • Posts: 3,544
Re: World's happiest and most prosperous countries.

Bill Randall wrote:

RossAndrew 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.

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.


Exactly. How do you measure happiness? There are villages where people cannot read or write but they are happy. Happiness is based upon many different things within any given society. When comparing one society to another, the things that make people happy within each society changes.

I hope you don't mind if I but in here Bill. I use You and Don D, Lyle and people like you on this site as a yardstick to measure how I feel about life. You and the naysayers here just make me feel so happy. I often wonder why you guys are so unwilling to try to broaden your outlook on a range of subjects and how you got so set in your ways.


Look, you can go through life fat dumb and happy and so can many others. Certainly politicians will for the most part tell you what you want to hear. I am not running for office. Eventually the hard reality will set in.

The hard reality... Bill most these country's have been this way for a hundred years. This fluctuates a bit with the change of governments, but in general follows the same line of social harmony. The spread of wealth is a lot more even here than America. We put rich tax dodgers and dole cheats in the same basket, there are all bums but they even each other out, and get caught out in the end and pay it back to the country.

So I need to broaden my outlook. Fine. Please tell me how you measure and compare happiness from one country to another.

I visit a lot of them, Most of the South East Asian country's are incredibly happy places and people, The average Chinese on the street in China are very happy people.

I do realize these country's don't have the same social structure as we are talking about but they have a far better family structure than any western country and this gives probably a grater sense of happiness.

When I look at some of the statements that are made here about medicare and a living wage I truly shudder, and can't believe that a western country such as America can be so divided on so many issues to the point that you people are. Our living wage came in 1909.


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