Congratulations Switzerland

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  1. Shithead

    Shithead Well-Known Member

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    What i find interesting is what, for the most part is missing from the happiest countries?....Anybody?

    Switzerland is the happiest country in the world; U.S. is 15th: study
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    Want to be happy? Move to Switzerland.
    Switzerland is the happiest country in the world, closely followed by Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Canada, according to a global ranking of happiness unveiled in New York on Thursday.

    The 2015 World Happiness Report is the third annual report seeking to quantify happiness as a means of influencing government policy. The United Nations published the first study in 2012.

    Finland, the Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand and Australia round out the top 10, making small or medium-sized countries in Western Europe seven of the top 10 happiest countries.

    Academics identified the variables as real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption and generosity.

    Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and one of the editors, said the top 13 countries were the same a second year running although their order had shifted.

    They combined affluence with strong social support, and relatively honest and accountable governments, he told a news conference.

    "Countries below that top group fall short, either in income or in social support or in both," Sachs explained.

    The United States trails in 15th place, behind Israel and Mexico, with Britain at 21, pipped by Belgium and the United Arab Emirates. France ranks number 29, behind Germany in 26th place.

    Afghanistan and war-torn Syria joined eight sub-Saharan countries in Africa — Togo, Burundi, Benin, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Guinea and Chad — as the 10 least happy of 158 countries.

    Despite the conflict raging in Iraq, that country was ranked 112, ahead of South Africa, India, Kenya and Bulgaria.

    The 166-page report was edited by Sachs, John Helliwell of the University of British Columbia in Canada and Richard Layard from the London School of Economics.

    "One of our very strong recommendations is that we should be using measurements of happiness... to help guide the world during this period of the new sustainable development goals," Sachs said.

    Iceland, Ireland and Japan resilient
    The report would be distributed widely at the United Nations and closely read by governments around the world, he said.

    "We want this to have an impact, to put it straight forwardly, on the deliberations on sustainable development because we think this really matters," Sachs said.

    Besides money, the report emphasized fairness, honesty, trust and good health as determinants, saying that economic crisis or natural disaster themselves did not necessarily crush happiness.

    Iceland and Ireland were the best examples, the report found, of how to maintain happiness through resilient social support despite the severity of banking collapses during the financial crisis.

    The Fukushima region of Japan also saw "increased trust and happiness" after the 2011 earthquake by allowing people to build their mutual dependence and cooperative capacities, it said.

    On the other hand, recession-hit Greece was the "biggest happiness loser," down almost 1.5 points from 2005-2007 to 2012-2014, and where data points to the erosion of trust, it said.

    They said more and more governments are listening and responding with policies that put well-being first.

    Political consensus in Britain, Layard said, had fueled "a major transformation" in mental health services to give evidence-based treatment to 500,000 people with 50 percent recovery rates.

    But he singled out German Chancellor Angela Merkel as "the most interesting world leader" in responding to happiness data.

    He praised her for initiating a grass roots project "of very great importance" that seeks to find out "what people want to see changing in order that their well-being might change."

    A positive outlook during childhood also lays the foundation for greater happiness during adulthood, the report found.

    "We must invest early on in the lives of our children so that they grow to become independent, productive and happy adults, contributing both socially and economically," Layard said.
     
  2. Snotty

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    There must not be any mooooooslims in Switzerland.......
     
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    They put Mexico above the US. I don't see anyone running across the border to get into Mexico.
     
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    in all fairness
    the british fell to 21 because of the scots
    they really can be quite fucking miserable
     
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    A fair point.

    Then again, if we could take tens of millions of our poorest, most dependent, least educated and most violent citizens and ship them off to some other country full of suckers stupid enough to take them, wouldn't we be a lot happier? :dontknow:
     
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    People in Iraq are happier than people in India ... ha!

    I think expectations play heavily into this. People in Iraq ... happy to be alive. People in India ... "Where is that stink coming from? Oh, its me!"

    People in the US, if don't have your own TV show and regularly attend vacuous award shows then you must consider yourself some kind of loser. That and our "News" sows constantly pimp fear, unrest, and discord to further the agendas and ambitions of their political allies.
     
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    or blacks
     
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    :winner:
     
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    We would have been #1, but we have Florida. :(
     
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    How is it possible to be happy with such little diversity??
     
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    That's not making living conditions in that hellhole any better.
     
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    Something tells be that they didn't talk to too many of this type of US citizen.
    They would have thought that we are waaay unhappier if they had.
     
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    Or assholes.
     
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    Got cliff notes?
     
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    Mexicans are happier than Americans.
     
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    or any other minorities? maybe that's the reason
     
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    Then how do you explain Sweden, the Netherlands, or Norway? Don't know if you're aware, but the UAE is full of "mooooooslims."
     
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    Oh please. The Swiss are like 100% asshole.
     
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    Wasn't referring to them.
     
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    I like their attitude in that part of the world, no coddling and patting on the head...You do what's expected and move on

    Countrymen not impressed by Swedish cops’ subway heroics
    By Kathianne Boniello, Natasha Velez and Natalie O'Neill

    April 24, 2015 | 12:06am

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    Swedish police officers (from left) Erik Naslund, Samuel Kvarzell, Markus Asberg and Eric Jansberger return Thursday to the Bleecker Street station, where they stopped an assault on a subway train and held the suspect for the NYPD. Photo: Stefan Jeremiah
    Everyone is gushing about the Swedish cops who stopped a Manhattan subway beatdown — except their compatriots back home.

    The vacationing Scandinavian dream team — Samuel Kvarzell, Markus Asberg, Eric Jansberger and Erik Naslund — broke up a vicious brawl between homeless men while riding an uptown No. 6 train to see the Broadway show “Les Miserables” on Wednesday.

    But while the off-duty out-of-towners were heralded by everyone from NYPD brass to Gotham straphangers, their heroic move barely garnered a kudo in Sweden.



    “When somebody does something good here, we give them cake and a medal. But it’s not really a big deal,” said Swedish officer Kia Samrell, who works at the Stockholm Police Department with Kvarzell.

    “In Sweden, if you see something bad, you just do something to help . . . It’s ordinary, what they did.”

    Even Kvarzell’s boss was so underwhelmed that he refused to take calls from the press about it, Samrell said.

    “[The story] is bigger there than here,’’ she explained.

    The four officers appeared to agree with their fellow cops’ assessment of their deed.

    They declined to talk about their heroics Thursday, other than Asberg saying, “It was no big deal.”

    Instead, he wanted to talk about the play, at which they arrived on time after their dramatic digression.

    “It was awesome — really, really good,” he said of the show.

    A rep for “Les Miz” praised the Swedish cops — who are staying at a budget hotel in Midtown — and offered them a backstage tour.


    An NYPD officer also contacted the foursome, saying that “a commissioner” wants to meet them and present them with a gift to honor their deed, a police source said.

    Meanwhile, straphangers gushed that they’re cuter than a boy band.

    “They’re pretty fine. Brave and blond!” said Janice Brown, 37, who was riding an uptown No. 6 train Thursday.

    Justice LeBoy, 24, a student, added, “That’s a really brave thing to do. Especially because they are tourists — tourists are usually just in the way.”
     
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