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#1 Hum

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 16:38

Happiness means having opportunity – to get an education, to be an entrepreneur. What's more satisfying than having a big idea and turning it into a thriving business, knowing all the way that the harder you work, the more reward you can expect?

With this in mind, six years ago researchers at the Legatum Institute, a London-based nonpartisan think tank, set out to rank the happiest countries in the world. But because "happy" carries too much of a touchy-feely connotation, they call it "prosperity."

The objective of the institute's work (which is part of billionaire Christopher Chandler's Dubai-based Legatum Group) was to figure out what it is that makes happy countries happy – so that the less fortunate corners of the globe might have a benchmark to work toward.

The resulting Legatum Prosperity Index is based on a study of 142 countries comprising 96% of global population. Nations are analyzed and ranked on 89 indicators in eight categories, such as education, government and economics. The inputs for the index are both objective and subjective. It's not enough to just look at per capita GDP or unemployment rates. It also matters how hard people think it is to find jobs, or how convinced they are that hard work can bring success. :)

1. Norway

2. Denmark

3. Sweden

4. Australia

5. New Zealand

6. Canada

7. Finland

8. The Netherlands

9. Switzerland

10. Ireland

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 16:39

I like this.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 16:41

I'm happy but UK is not there on the list ? :p

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 17:46

Denmark and Sweden have a lot of free sex.

Switzerland has trillions of other people's money.

And the Netherlands are too high to care. :p

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 17:48

According to Legatum, the U.S. has slipped in the areas of governance, personal freedom, and most troubling, in entrepreneurship & opportunity. America is supposed to be the land of opportunity, but Legatum notes "a decline in citizens' perception that working hard gets you ahead."



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Posted 20 January 2013 - 22:54

Aus No. 4. Yay.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 23:00

Notice how almost all if not all of these countries deviate from the megalopolis model?

Cities are a logistical and psychical nightmare. We should start talking about hyper-towns.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 23:03

Maybe "socialism" isn't so bad after all...

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 23:14

Maybe "socialism" isn't so bad after all...


Socialism (the real thing, not the deformed abstract the media tries to sell) is great. But it's only effective in manageable communities. That's not a criticism to socialism rather than a jab against the US. THERE IS SUCH THING AS TOO MUCH.

Just as a physical structure can crush itself because of its own weight a country can become unstable to the point of no return if it grows too much.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 23:17

I'm happy but UK is not there on the list ? :p


You know much we as a people like to complain. Although we do have an almost unique gift to get genuinely excited by the smallest things, a hot drink, a chocolate offered from a box.

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Posted 20 January 2013 - 23:25

Canada would have moved up a few spots now that the NHL is back..

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 00:55

I'm glad some people somewhere in the world are happy. It must be nice.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 04:54

You know much we as a people like to complain. Although we do have an almost unique gift to get genuinely excited by the smallest things, a hot drink, a chocolate offered from a box.


I know, I have to put myself in check sometimes when I start complaining about trivial things like the net misbehaving or the tv signal being screwy, I remind myself of places or situations I would hate to be in, such as having to walk 10 miles for a drink etc

Puts things back in perspective

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:22

'MURICA!


Number 4. I'm pretty happy in Australia. People who haven't been here certainly need to give us a go.

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Posted 21 January 2013 - 05:57

They must have asked around some random ghetto in America. I guarantee those people are not happy with the loads of free money they get from the government. Yay, freebies!