Happy Danes

Whatever happened to the theory that people in poorer, simpler cultures are the happiest people on Earth? Maybe it’s the Carlberg that makes the Danes happy.

Or is it, as the reports said, that the world is becoming a happier place and that the danes are just ahead?

Survey finds Denmark world’s happiest country | Top News | Reuters: “Survey finds Denmark world’s happiest country
Tue Jul 1, 2008 6:10am BST  Email | Print | Share | Single Page| Recommend (0) [-] Text [+]

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Denmark, with its democracy, social equality and peaceful atmosphere, is the happiest country in the world, researchers said on Monday.

Zimbabwe, torn by political and social strife, is the least happy, while the world’s richest nation, the United States, ranks 16th.

Overall, the world is getting happier, according to the U.S. government-funded World Values Survey, done regularly by a global network of social scientists.

It found increased happiness from 1981 to 2007 in 45 of 52 countries analyzed.

‘I strongly suspect that there is a strong correlation between peace and happiness,’ said Ronald Inglehart, a political scientist at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research, who directed the study.

And, said Ingelhart, there is a strong correlation between happiness and democracy.”

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  1. Scandinavian countries – Denmark included – with the Vikings, were not the most peaceful race many, many years ago. The warlords and stories of the barbaric battles the “dragon people” started around the world still makes my hair curls.

    That’s a long way that they have come to now.


  2. Correlation of happiness, rather than with democracy, I think it’s more with the feeling of being heard – whether it’s actually heard or not. Or perhaps that’s what is called democracy…


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