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DENMARK: Happiest Place on Earth

PoeJoe
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4/6/2010 9:33:29 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/6/2010 4:50:05 AM, Scottt_Mann wrote:
More like the most complacent place on earth.

Why is progress always so highly valued?

Happiness is a warm guh-uh-un.
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Mirza
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4/6/2010 1:01:22 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Most families in Denmark are well-educated and (more of upper) middle class financially. People have lives of high quality due to these things, and also because they have lots of opportunities in life that they make use of.

I think Danes are very self-confident and have a high self-esteem/image, and that definitely plays a huge role in their happiness, too. They feel good about themselves (I believe because their parents teach them to value their personalities and appearance), and do not have much to fear in life. If they do bad financially, parents can help, universities are free, and that reduces stress, of course.

As for the 90% payment you get if you lose our job, I believe that it is only if you constantly look for another job and have some sort of evidence for that. It is not just getting a job, being fired, and getting 90% of the payment.

People also pay very high taxes in Denmark, but the results are good, since most people are able to get medical help for free, educational, and so forth.

All in all, I definitely say that high self-esteem/image and such appreciations to one's personality and appearance is what makes Danes very happy. Most will notice that they have very good feelings about themselves, and I believe that is due to the parents teachings their children to accept who they are.
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4/6/2010 1:25:41 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
That YouTube video hardly did Denmark justice - they showed it on a rainy day and the fine architecture, countryside and sophisticated cafés and bars we totally ignored.

Having said that, if going out drinking is what makes you happy, unless you are incredibly wealthy, you are likely to be very miserable there since the booze is so expensive!
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Mirza
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4/6/2010 1:52:10 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
The environmental factors here also play a role, actually. The climate is one of the best you can have, perhaps. The winter is, in general, not too cold, and the summer is not too hot. It is moderate throughout the year. It means that workers etc. do not find it as hard as in other countries to go to work, or work outdoors.

The countryside is flat (no mountains in Denmark) and relaxing, and the forests are very cozy. There is hardly any animal that can bring you harm, no matter where you are located geographically. This makes Denmark a very good and interesting country.
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4/7/2010 11:53:11 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Not only does it rank as #1 most happy, but here are some other things it ranked extremely high on.

Ranks #1 in worlds least corrupt country in 2008, #2 in 2009 after New Zealand.
http://en.wikipedia.org...

Ties for #2 as most peaceful country in the world with Norway and after New Zealand in 2009.
http://en.wikipedia.org...

Ranks #16 on the Human Development Index between Spain and Belgium in 2009. Norway is #1.
http://en.wikipedia.org...

Ranks #5 on Global Competitive Index between Sweden and Finland in 2010. Switzerland is #1.
http://en.wikipedia.org...

Ranks #1 in having the highest income equality in 2008.(meaning less of a gap between rich and poor)
http://en.wikipedia.org...

Ranks #16 in highest GDP per capita between Iceland and Sweden in 2009. #1 is Qatar.
http://en.wikipedia.org...(PPP)_per_capita

Ranks #5 in nominal GDP per capita Switzerland and Ireland in 2009. #1 is Luxembourg.
http://en.wikipedia.org...(nominal)_per_capita

Ranks #9 in highest export per capita between Switzerland and Kuwait in 2006. #1 is Singapore.
http://en.wikipedia.org...

Denmark is described as having the most flexible labor market in Europe.

Denmark has the fourth highest ratio of tertiary degree holders in the world.

According to rankings by OECD, Denmark has the most free financial markets in EU-15 and also one of the most free product markets.

Denmark is known for the Denmark Cooperative Movement.
http://en.wikipedia.org...

Denmark has the world's highest minimum wage.

As of June 2009 the unemployment rate is at 6.3%, which is below the EU average of 8.9%.

Denmark also has the highest income tax in the world. Go figure.
http://en.wikipedia.org...

Denmark rocks.
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4/8/2010 12:37:28 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
On this personality test thing I took called the big five it compares my results to all the other countries to see which countries got results most similar to mine and Denmark is the third most compatible with me. So if it's not your country it's still definitely the place for me.
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4/8/2010 4:25:09 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
"To each, his own."

It's just your opinion. I would say that Dubai is the happiest place on Earth.
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4/8/2010 4:38:11 AM
Posted: 6 years ago
Denmark is naturally going to be "more happy" because wealth is distributed more evenly. Lol when they gain a higher GDP PPP Per Capita then we can talk.
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4/8/2010 3:45:21 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/8/2010 4:38:11 AM, marcusbrutus wrote:
Denmark is naturally going to be "more happy" because wealth is distributed more evenly. Lol when they gain a higher GDP PPP Per Capita then we can talk.

It ranks 16th highest. And should not more happiness be the highest goal for a person? You saying "Because wealth is distributed more evenly" only proves my point that it's better.
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4/8/2010 3:59:44 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/8/2010 5:21:45 AM, Mirza wrote:
We are happy here.

As for learning Danish fluently, I say good luck.

I heard that 80% of them speak English. Does that seem accurate to you?
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4/8/2010 4:09:15 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
And lets take a look at the capital of Denmark: Copenhagen

It was ranked #1 as Most Livable City in the World by international lifestyle magazine Monocle on their Top 25 Most Livable Cities 2008 list.

World's Best Design City 2008 also by Monocle.

In 2008, Copenhagen was ranked #4 by Financial Times-owned FDi magazine on their list of Top50 European Cities of the Future after London, Paris and Berlin.

In 2006/07 FDi Magazine named Copenhagen Scandinavian City of the Future and in 2004/05 Copenhagen was named Northern European City of the Future ahead of other cities from Scandinavia, UK, Ireland and Benelux.

In the 2008 Worldwide Centers of Commerce Index, published by MasterCard, Copenhagen was ranked 14th in the world and 1st in Scandinavia.

In the The 2008 Global Cities Index, Copenhagen was ranked 36th in the world, 15th in Europe, and 2nd in Scandinavia.

Copenhagen ranks 3rd in Western Europe and 1st in the Nordic countries for attracting head offices.

Copenhagen #1 out of 254 locations in the Location Ranking Survey performed by ECA International that has asked European experts where they prefer to be stationed worldwide.

It was ranked #6 in Grist Magazine's "15 Green Cities" list in 2007 making Copenhagen the greenest capital of Scandinavia according to Grist Magazine.

It is the capital in the world where organic food has the largest market share. One in every ten purchases is organic in Copenhagen.

The Copenhagen Metro has been named the Best Metro in the World by industry experts.

It is ranked #7 as Preferred City For Investment Projects.

It ranked 3rd in Western Europe in terms of attracting regional headquarters and distribution centres, only surpassed by London and Paris.

It ranks #1 in the Global Earning Ranking.

The city ranks as the 5th most popular city in the world for international meetings and conferences.

It ranks as one of the most attractive cities to live and work in Europe.

It is ranked 11th in Mercer's Quality of Living global city rankings 2009.

Lonely Planet ranks Copenhagen as Scandinavia's ' coolest ' capital .

Travellers have voted Copenhagen the cleanest city in Europe.

http://en.wikipedia.org...
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4/8/2010 4:13:07 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/7/2010 11:53:11 PM, FREEDO wrote:

Ranks #5 on Global Competitive Index between Sweden and Finland in 2010. Switzerland is #1.
http://en.wikipedia.org...

Ranks #16 in highest GDP per capita between Iceland and Sweden in 2009. #1 is Qatar.
http://en.wikipedia.org...(PPP)_per_capita

Ranks #5 in nominal GDP per capita Switzerland and Ireland in 2009. #1 is Luxembourg.
http://en.wikipedia.org...(nominal)_per_capita

Ranks #9 in highest export per capita between Switzerland and Kuwait in 2006. #1 is Singapore.
http://en.wikipedia.org...

Denmark is described as having the most flexible labor market in Europe.

Denmark has the fourth highest ratio of tertiary degree holders in the world.


Denmark has the world's highest minimum wage.


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Lol minium wage is teh devil countries with minimum wage are evil...! Minimum wage is bad economics countries with minimum wage dont have gud economeis...!
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4/8/2010 4:13:14 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/7/2010 11:53:11 PM, FREEDO wrote:
Ties for #2 as most peaceful country in the world with Norway and after New Zealand in 2009.
http://en.wikipedia.org...

Why are the involvement in the weapons industry and the number of weapons per capita considered as a factor?
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FREEDO
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4/8/2010 4:27:49 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/8/2010 4:13:14 PM, wjmelements wrote:
At 4/7/2010 11:53:11 PM, FREEDO wrote:
Ties for #2 as most peaceful country in the world with Norway and after New Zealand in 2009.
http://en.wikipedia.org...

Why are the involvement in the weapons industry and the number of weapons per capita considered as a factor?

Hmm, good point. But there are so many other factors this shouldn't have too much affect on the outcome.

All Factors:

1 Number of external and internal wars fought
2 Estimated deaths due to external wars
3 Estimated deaths due to internal wars
4 Level of organized internal conflict
5 Relations with neighbouring countries
6 Level of distrust in other citizens
7 Number of displaced persons as percentage of population
8 Political instability
9 Level of respect for human rights (political terror scale)
10 Potential for terrorist acts
11 Number of homicides
12 Level of violent crime
13 Likelihood of violent demonstrations
14 Number of jailed persons
15 Number of police and security officers
16 Military expenditure as a percentage of GDP
17 Number of armed services personnel
18 Imports of major conventional weapons
19 Exports of major conventional weapons
20 United Nations deployments
21 Non-United Nations deployments
22 Number of heavy weapons
23 Ease of access to small arms and light weapons
24 Military capability or sophistication
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4/8/2010 4:49:53 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/6/2010 1:52:10 PM, Mirza wrote:
The environmental factors here also play a role, actually. The climate is one of the best you can have, perhaps. The winter is, in general, not too cold, and the summer is not too hot. It is moderate throughout the year. It means that workers etc. do not find it as hard as in other countries to go to work, or work outdoors.

Wait, what? Aren't they in constant danger of flooding?
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4/8/2010 6:25:12 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
Forbes Magazine recently named Cleveland (OH) America's most miserable city in which to live. But most Clevelanders probably are just as happy here as the Danish are in their homeland.

Go Cavs.
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4/8/2010 6:32:55 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/8/2010 4:49:53 PM, popculturepooka wrote:
Wait, what? Aren't they in constant danger of flooding?

That's the Dutch. The Danish are relatively safe from flooding. The Dutch are always in danger of flooding.
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4/8/2010 6:48:05 PM
Posted: 6 years ago
At 4/8/2010 6:32:55 PM, Volkov wrote:
At 4/8/2010 4:49:53 PM, popculturepooka wrote:
Wait, what? Aren't they in constant danger of flooding?

That's the Dutch. The Danish are relatively safe from flooding. The Dutch are always in danger of flooding.

Oh, that's right! >.> I confuse the Dutch and the Danish all the time for some reason.

I think I just confirmed the stereotype of the American ignorant of the rest of the world's geography. (-_-)
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