Sunday, September 03, 2006

Happiness is found in Denmark

Happiness is found in Denmark
From Sydsvenskan.se, September 2, 2006
Translation from Swedish: Zonka


If you want to be happier. Move to Denmark ? it's the place where people are most happy in the whole world.

[Happiness World Map]

What makes people happy?
The Socialphychologist Adrian White from the university of Leicester have compiled hundreds of surveys, which together contains what 80,000 people around the world have answered on questions about they feeling of happiness and unhappiness.

Nowhere in the world do people feel more happy than in Denmark. The nordic countries are seen as a whole the happiness center of the world: Iceland is 4th, Finland 6th and Sweden 7th on the list.
  • Health, prosperity and education is the three factors that people mostly associate with happiness, says Adrian White.
  • There is a conception that capitalism creates unhappy people. However, when people are asked whether they feel happy and satisfied with their life, then it is those that lives in countries with a good health care, good mean income and access to education that mostly answers yes.
Several studies ave earlier shown that when people reach a level where they can satisfy their basic needs, then the connection between money and happiness is lessened.

Christian Bjørnskov who is a national economist, teacher and researcher at Handelshøjskolen (Business School -- ed) in Aarhus, proclaims that peoples trust as the decisive factor in why Denmark is at the top of the happiness list. In the small and homogeneous Danish society the inhabitants largely believes the best about their fellow people. They feel save and the social stability is solid.

Among the 178 countries that are in Adrian White's study it is countries that are plagued by oppression, war and/or civil war where people find themselves least happy. On the last seven places on the list is Armenia, Sudan, Ukraine, Moldavia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zimbabwe and lastly Burundi in Central Africa.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Voyager said...

Most people in Denmark work for The State...............

03 September, 2006 12:06  
Blogger Zonka said...

Voyager, unfortunately that is a myth that keeps being perpetuated... The numbers tells otherwise, from the Danish Statistics 2005 numbers 37% of the workforce is employed by the state and local/regional authorities, while 63% is employed in the private sector. A break-down of the numbers:

Public: 176,539
Social security funds: 2,559
Counties: 192,172
Municipalities: 472,781
Public corporations: 85,507
Private: 1,584,451
The foreign sector: 12


(A pie chart of the numbers can be found here)
Source: Danmarks Statistik

03 September, 2006 13:04  

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