The world's happiest countries

These nations rate the highest in 11 factors that contribute to a high quality of life, including income, education, housing, health, safety and life satisfaction.

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May 13, 2014 7:34PM
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A few years ago when Denmark was number one a journalist went over to ask people why they were so happy for their taxes were incredibly high.  They said yes taxes are high but medical is paid, education is paid, no one goes bankrupt because they got sick, no one loses their house, and the beer is good. 
May 13, 2014 7:24PM
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Those countries who are least apt to be sending troops to other countries to fight useless wars are the ones on top of the list.
May 13, 2014 7:24PM
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And all of them have universal healthcare. 
May 13, 2014 7:45PM
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There are smart enough to stay neutral,don't get involved in wasteful wars,have good social programs.we should learn from them. Good day
May 14, 2014 10:40AM
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My wife is German, so we go over there frequently to visit family. The transportation over there is fantastic. You can get virtually anywhere you need by S-Bahn or U-Bahn trains (even good bus service).

They have a no homeless policy to where they'll provide you with housing, food money, and money for other essentials. This requirement is that the person goes to school or attends a job center (contributes to society in some way, which is something we could learn here). To avoid every single person trying to get a university education, the German school system also has different levels of school that is determined based on early educational achievement. If a student is doing very well, they'll go to the upper tier of school. If not, they'll go to another school that aims to eventually get them into trade type jobs. Their healthcare is definitely different than in the US where they won't baby people and over prescribe, but they do a good job of keeping people healthy overall (and it's free for everyone). 

May 18, 2014 10:18AM
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Problem in this country is it seems we are just here to be tools of the boss. Our life is defined by working hard and long and having little life. Like we are a machine for the wealthy to be discarded and junked if it doesn't perform. Even so called successful people often must work 60-70 hours a week plus answer emails and work on projects when away from the office, they are well paid but have little time for a real life. In these other countries work isn't the purpose of life, they work less hours, have state mandated 4-6 weeks of vacation and universal health care. Yes they still work but not work themselves to death like in the CORPORATE STATES OF AMERICA!!!
May 13, 2014 11:37PM
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 That would change real quick if their governments began lining their own pockets while wasting

billions of dollars a month on third world $hit holes.

 

May 13, 2014 7:27PM
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We don't send money to Switzerland, or Norway or Denmakr or Canada and they do not feel like we are defending them for they do not feel a need to be defended.  It is us that feel that need to lord over others. 
May 14, 2014 10:41AM
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The whole health care system in the US is corrupt in every facet. To become a doctor you must "hock your soul" to the tune of 2 or 3 hundred THOUSANDS of dollars in debt. Therefore the doctors jump on the "gravy train" of high fees when they start practicing and never get "off at their stop" when the debt is paid.  Attorneys literally "attack" doctors with malpractice claims, driving up insurance costs, while lining their greedy pockets in the process-- all under the guise of "protecting" the little guy, with a protection only afforded if they can make a good buck at it.  Insurance companies gird up against what they feel is an unfair legal system, over reacting and overcharging to make irresponsibly large returns for their company.  Pharmaceutical companies literally commit the legal equivalent of grand larceny, holding people hostage from affordable drug availability by making small, meaningless changes to their products, furthering their manufacturing control of those products.  Meanwhile hospitals are in the middle, paying higher wages and costs; scrambling to become, needlessly, the biggest and best medical center in their area by inflating the cost of all that they provide- from a $15 aspirin to a $75,000+ hip replacement charge ( surgeon's fee NOT included).


While the ACA is an attempt to control this spiral of ludicrous cost structure, it is a haphazard attempt--it only "squeezes" parts of this equation-- doctors and hospitals-- and not the main "generators" of the reasons for high costs-- Pharmaceutical companies, Insurance companies, plaintiff awards in law suits, and the  "specialized costs" of diagnostic procedures that are prescribed by doctors as either income generators or protection against potential lawsuits!! 


No other civilized country permits such price gouging and misuse of medical aid.  They have, as the article states, equal, and many times better, results of health and longevity of their citizens, than we have.  Unfortunately, most often our government is an impediment to health care cost reduction here at home.  Many people would love to buy their prescription needs from foreign country sources, the same foreign countries that have better health results than we do; but legally they are denied such access because the FDA has not approved those sources.  This same FDA that only tests a fraction of the multitude of "new and enhanced" drugs by pharmaceutical companies that are the means for a drug company to perpetuate their hold onto the drug's brand name manufacture.  This is nothing more than a "bone thrown" to the pharmaceutical companies doing business in the US.  It is also the FDA that has been ineffective at doing its job in protecting Americans from food bore illnesses like e coli and salmonella.  But they sure want to deny Americans drugs from foreign sources-- drugs differing from those available in the US in only one significant way-- COST!!!.  Thus, ensuring higher costs of health care for Americans.  Pathetic!!  And evidence of our government "giving lip service" only to America's health care cost crisis!

May 14, 2014 9:21AM
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The USA is forever a conservative Christian country that is more interested in war and profit than the happiness of the majority of its citizens. When was the last time Rush Limbaugh sounded happy. we have long had this Puritanical strain in our culture that equates happiness with sinfulness. Our music, film and literature promotes conflict, strife, depression and misery.
May 17, 2014 10:42AM
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IMHO these countries illustrate the advantages of a better educated, hard working citizenry. They enjoy life and take care of their own. Europeans in general are far more informed and sophisticated than their American counterparts. In general, the citizens work to affect programs that benefit their countrymen overall, instead of specific special-interest groups.
May 14, 2014 8:27AM
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the snow is`nt the only thing mostly white about those countries ...
May 18, 2014 9:11AM
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These countries haven't forgotten the reason a sovereign nation is formed. They look out after one another they don't compete fanatically for the opportunity to kiss the feet of the top .1 percent and they don't let the top .1 percent rule the country like in the U.S.

May 14, 2014 8:13AM
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Did you notice the happiest countries in the world are all in colder climates? I guess they all enjoy snuggling close together with a fire going their fireplaces.
May 18, 2014 6:35AM
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These countries aren't owned by the 1%. 
May 13, 2014 7:41PM
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I'm glad they didn't put the United States in there, though I figured they would.  We need the army back home to try to control Chicago and Atlanta.  When three are killed in Afghanistan, it makes world news in this rathole.  But, Chicago seems to have four or five killed every weekend with 10 to 20, or more, shot.  Atlanta today had 4 shot near a school.  And, the clowns in washington still try to "wawn" the world and try to police all of it except Russia, it seems to me.  The clowns in washington seem to know when to shut up!  When Mr.Putin speaks!!!
May 14, 2014 12:03AM
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the common factor seems to be, none are committed to being the unpaid policeman of the world, unlike the US.
I'm surprised the study didn't include Asian countries, like Japan.
May 13, 2014 6:53PM
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The USA fell from 14th to 17th...hmm...when the Golden Calf first ran for office in 2008, I thought it was supposed to be all about "hope and change" and making Americans feel good about themselves??? What went wrong?????
May 14, 2014 10:02AM
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White countries. That's why the people there are happy. We are planning to leave and move to a White country soon, either Ireland  or (because of family ties) Switzerland. We are now of an age that we can afford to do so. We are excited about leaving the US. (The last White person out should turn off the lights.)
May 18, 2014 10:54AM
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These countries haven't had to deal with a concerted effort by Corporate America to outsource their jobs to China and drive their wages down to poverty levels. 
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