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Old March 20th, 2017, 04:21 PM   #1
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Happy Land 2017: Norway!

Which country is the happiest in the world? NORWAY! After placing fourth last year, Norway is now the world’s happiest country, according to the 2017 World Happiness Report, released on Monday. The Central African Republic was the least happy of 155 countries.
The authors of the report found that a half-dozen socioeconomic factors explain much of the difference in happiness among countries, but that social factors play an underappreciated role. As evidence, they cite periods of substantial economic growth that were nonetheless matched by declining happiness in China and the United States, which ranked 14th.

Even in Norway and several other Nordic countries that dominated the top of the list, economics alone did not explain the high rates of happiness.

“It takes good social foundations and trust,” said John Helliwell, one of the report’s editors and a professor emeritus in the Vancouver School of Economics at the University of British Columbia.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/20/w...ries.html?_r=0
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The World Happiness Report needs to be taken with a pretty big grain of salt as it is based off of the Gini Coefficient.
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There's big part of the answer. A country that is basically racially the same. No large racial pressure groups.


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I've never met a Norwegian I didn't like, not once.
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I've never met a Norwegian I didn't like, not once.
There is a huge Norwegian influence in Minnesota, they are by nature a very friendly people.
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It just figures little jimmyb would disagree with you, the little boy probably doesn't agree with himself.
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There is a huge Norwegian influence in Minnesota, they are by nature a very friendly people.

AND Wisconsin! Mr. Clara is 100% Norwegian and we both grew up in a little farm town--almost all Norwegian. In fact, as a little girl I remember walking down Main St. and seeing the old guys sitting on benches outside the only cafe in town talking Norwegian. Our biggest rival was a town about 15 min away which was a Swiss town. My Aunt Eloise (Norwegian/Wales ancestry) married a Switzer and what a scandal THAT was. LOL!!
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Old March 21st, 2017, 04:35 AM   #10
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The World Happiness Report needs to be taken with a pretty big grain of salt as it is based off of the Gini Coefficient.


Right. Because what a frickin' NIGHTMARE it would be if everyone had enough money to live happily and healthfully. Go away!!
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