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Real Danes – The World Happiness Report

I’ve been dancing around Real Dane Issues, for a while now, and that is clearly seen by the lack of Danish Flags on my Statistics Page.

Who are they, you might ask? What do they think? What are their dreams and fears in life?

Well the latest report: The World Happiness Report 2016 Update, which ranks 156 countries by their happiness levels, was released in Rome in advance of UN World Happiness Day, March 20th.

The report’s conclusions are base on various factors such as: Health, and Medical Care, as well as, Family, Job Security, Political Freedom and Degree of Corruption.

Danes can once again brag about being number 1, but they probably won’t mention how after being on top for a number of years, fell to 3rd place in 2015.

Something called “The Law of Jante” is the idea that there is a pattern of group behavior towards individuals within Scandinavian communities that negatively portrays and criticizes individual success and achievement as unworthy and inappropriate. (source Wikipedia).

That just means that the success of this report will be well-known, but not bragged about, as “Danes wouldn’t like to speak publicly about being better than anyone else”. It might also be known as, “Knowing your place”. Don’t get me wrong, it is a modest way of looking at things, and has probably kept them on top of the Happiness reports because of it, but it is also a good thing to think good of your accomplishments, and give yourself a pat on the back every now and again. I would probably be accused as “Thinking like an American”, but since that is what I am, then I don’t need to think like everyone else, and just be proud of who I am.

I don’t know if you’ve gotten a better understanding of being a Dane, but until you come here and visit the Country for yourself, then I can tell you whatever I think about it, without you really understanding how Danes really are!

The report can be downloaded here: http://worldhappiness.report/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2016/03/HR-V1_web.pdf

If you want to fast-forward to the good stuff, then check out page 22, Ranking of Happiness 2013-2015 (Part 1)

The top 23:

1.
Denmark (7.526)
2.
Switzerland (7.509)
3.
Iceland (7.501)
4.
Norway (7.498)
5.
Finland (7.413)
6.
Canada (7.404)
7.
Netherlands (7.339)
8.
New Zealand (7.334)
9.
Australia (7.313)
10.
Sweden (7.291)
11.
Israel (7.267)
12.
Austria (7.119)
13.
United States (7.104)
14.
Costa Rica (7.087)
15.
Puerto Rico (7.039)
16.
Germany (6.994)
17.
Brazil (6.952)
18.
Belgium (6.929)
19.
Ireland (6.907)
20.
Luxembourg (6.871)
21.
Mexico (6.778)
22.
Singapore (6.739)
23.
United Kingdom (6.725)

 

The bottom 8:

150.
Liberia (3.622)
151.
Guinea (3.607)
152.
Rwanda (3.515)
153.
Benin (3.484)
154.
Afghanistan (3.360)
155.
Togo (3.303)
156.
Syria (3.069)
157.
Burundi (2.905)
Source:
worldhappiness.report;

 

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