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The world's happiest nations do not include the United States

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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013

Nations are analyzed and ranked on 89 indicators in eight categories, such as education, government, and economics.

1. Norway
2. Denmark
3. Sweden
4. Australia
5. New Zealand
6. Canada
7. Finland
8. The Netherlands
9. Switzerland
10. Ireland


Scandinavian countries all placed in the top 10.


Luxembourg is the healthiest nation on Earth. Iceland is the safest. Switzerland has the world’s best economy and governance, according to Legatum.


All three nations have armed populations but with more restrictions than Ammurkah! But they have guns.

Funny how conspiracy nuts think the government is going to take 'all the guns' for how many decades now?
Yet three well-to-do "socialist" nations, and most of the top 10, allow private gun ownership and they all have far fewer gun related crimes and deaths than Uncle Sam's rowdy kids.


Most of the top 20 "happiest" countries according to the index are in western Europe. So what gives? What do these nations have in common that can somehow explain their prosperity?

Being an electoral democracy is virtually a given – of the top 20 most prosperous countries, only Singapore and Hong Kong aren't democracies. Being small also seems to help. Big countries with heterogeneous populations are more unwieldy; disparate groups make it harder for a society to build social cohesion and trust.

What else? They are all borderline socialist states, with generous welfare benefits and lots of redistribution of wealth. Yet they don't let that socialism cross the line into autocracy. Civil liberties are abundant (consider decriminalized drugs and prostitution in the Netherlands). There are few restrictions on the flow of capital or of labor.


Everyone shares, everyone gains. Everyone can see the doctor when they need to. Going to school won't put you in debt for 20 years.

Did I miss anything?

While I'm not sure Universal Education is do-able in the States, Universal Healthcare should be.

What else could the US do to make it into the top 5?
Why the top 5? Because we need to beat Canada! :iconcanadaplz:



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:icondefinedeviancydown:
DefineDeviancyDown Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good for them. May they all be fat, dumb and happy!
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Conspiracy!:shakefist:
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GalacticGoat Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay, we're number 6... which is honestly not bad considering there is a lot of nations in the world :#1:. Actually kinda funny that #5 is actually a country I've wanted to move to but wasn't aware was that happy. Really, New Zealand is such a pretty country ;n;
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
I hope you're a white christian. I forget where I read it, but NZ apparently has that quiet bigotry thing going on. Can't confirm it, don't care about it.

I agree, from what I've seen, the landscape is awesome.

I'm surprised Canadia got to 6 with all them mooses eating people and such
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GalacticGoat Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I'm one of those o.o I'm an atheist but not really an outspoken one by any stretch of the imagination. I mean if someone asked me religious question I will answer truthfully but otherwise you wouldn't know.

Also I not that surprised considering most complaints I hear about people living here are things they can get over easily and not like things that the country really needs to change in order to be functional ._.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
Yeah, mooses eating neighbors is easily gotten over:P
It means moar quiet!:w00t:
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GalacticGoat Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
moar quiet is always good. I enjoy quiet.
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HerbalDrink Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013
Well duh. If America was one of the happiest nations on earth, do you think people like Michael Moore or Ann Coulter would even be writing books complaining about everything? *rimshot*

okay okay, I figured this thread needed some light-hearted humour.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Rimjobs? Someone say rimjobs? :eager:

I think every nation on the list has whack jobs in dark corners mumbling about shit.

Michael Moore doesn't look like he's making money. He dresses like a homeless guy who visits well stocked dumpsters.
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DefineDeviancyDown Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't forget the retards who threaten to, but never do, leave the country if politicians not to their liking get elected.
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JackMolotov3 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
"All three nations have armed populations but with more restrictions than Ammurkah! But they have guns. "

mabey this has nothing to do with guns, at all.........

also vermont has no gun laws at all. They are socialist. They have 5.5% unemployment.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Vermont has 15 people.
I used to be in Vermont a lot. It's great. Mountains and valleys, mountains and valleys.
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meanus Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
actually gun violence among white people in the USA is one of the lowest in the world
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TheNecco Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Student General Artist
Only the most obvious study in the world
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:iconebolabearvomit:
EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Indeed
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WiffleBall Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Fuck Canada.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Ha!
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Jeysie Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No, it's Blame Canada. There's a difference.
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AvSkyggene Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
We value our right to be miserable bastards you goddamn commie!
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
Seems that way
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meanus Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
the message here is mostly white nations are much happier nations
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
I guess you could say that and then point and laugh at the DRC, Sierra Leone, Somalia, and Yemen.
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TheLightsWentOutIn99 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Student Writer
We took your minerals and exchanged them for MISERY!
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:iconebolabearvomit:
EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Fair trade
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Ragerancher Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Pah 12 is still good. Us poor Brits are nowhere to be seen.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I do not know Britain's spot on the list. Probably top 25.
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Debit Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Among other things, the US is much tooooooooo huge and much tooooooooo diverse. It would be a miracle from hell to crawl anywhere even close to #10.

How about turn United States of America into Divorced States of America?

After all, when in question, simplify.
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puddelbal Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
We have the first amendment to thank for that. :hmm:
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Debit Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Unfortunately, those who generates revenues from politics of hate and paranoia seem to have gotten the most out of the First Amendment nowdays ...
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
The US ranked 12th I think. But that's a far cry from 5th when you look at the list and all the nations with universal health care, access to education, economic freedom, and civil liberty.
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meanus Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
One third of all our welfare dollars goes to California and their illegals...not much left for the rest of us
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
Mass deportations!:shakefist:
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meanus Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2013
no, just make california part of Mexico again and let the mexicans pay for their welfare
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Debit Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow ... 12th? Quite a bit of accomplishment in spite of lack of universal health coverage, and not so spectacular performance in other departments like education, and so on.

On the other hand, there are a plenty of Americans here and there who still cling to the belief that the US is the best place in the world, even though this applies if and only if one belongs to the establishment.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Yes on all points
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Debit Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now that I am thinking about it, this 12th place has been landed into by accident. If we were to take the logic of CREMF (conservative-right-evangelical-moronic flatulence) to its logical extremes, ranking higher in indices associated with general well-being and human-development is an abomination. This abomination cannot stand! :D
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013
Yeah, the Evangelicals would have the nation set on fire and then the Mormons would have their Council of 12 try to take over.
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Debit Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
FBI should put them under their watch list. Be very very weary of strongly religiously or ideologically bent groups. 'True believers' are on a 'mission' from 'God' or 'Whomever' and thus capable of causing quite a bit of mess if they go unchecked.
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Being an electoral democracy is virtually a given – of the top 20 most prosperous countries, only Singapore and Hong Kong aren't democracies. Being small also seems to help. Big countries with heterogeneous populations are more unwieldy; disparate groups make it harder for a society to build social cohesion and trust.

What else? They are all borderline socialist states, with generous welfare benefits and lots of redistribution of wealth. Yet they don't let that socialism cross the line into autocracy. Civil liberties are abundant (consider decriminalized drugs and prostitution in the Netherlands). There are few restrictions on the flow of capital or of labor.

Everyone shares, everyone gains. Everyone can see the doctor when they need to. Going to school won't put you in debt for 20 years.

Did I miss anything?


Try pulling that off in a country with nearly 315 million people. Not 31 million (a little less than Canada's), but 315 million.

Furthermore, ignorant, pathetic comments like these aren't improving my mood. [link] [link] [link] [link] [link]
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Your mood shouldn't be affected by a forum :hug:

315 million people, with 250 million of them contributing to universal health care is probably do-able. It's even more do-able if there are proactive measures taken to directly affect the epidemics of obesity and diabetes.
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ugh, but they're just annoying...

Anyway, I'm still very skeptical about universal health care coming to fruition in the U.S. I really don't see how that can get done. And I'm not happy with some aspects of Obamacare (they sound inefficient).

Can't people who are already able to afford health insurance stick with their original provider instead of being forced to enroll in a government plan? My family's insurance is fine.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
ObamaCare is not Universal and your family is not being forced to do anything.
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Cosmic--Chaos Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ok.
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
That's 4 Americans and one Austrailian bitching about America. I believe it's justified.
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
These countries had years to improve themselves.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
The US can cheat and skip a few years
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
Trying to find the cheat sheet here.
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
It's probably online somewhere:P
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kitsumekat Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2013
I need a link!
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EbolaBearVomit Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013
Too.Much.Work.
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