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Old 08-30-2011, 03:10 PM
 
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I have read somewhere that Estonia is where nearly 80% of the population is Atheist/Agnostic.
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Old 08-30-2011, 03:23 PM
 
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I don't think Estonia is a particularly ideal country to live in though. I mean it's better than many/most of the former Soviets, but I think there's probably reasons none of the atheists here have said much about it as "ideal."
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Old 08-31-2011, 04:28 AM
 
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I don't think Estonia is a particularly ideal country to live in though. I mean it's better than many/most of the former Soviets, but I think there's probably reasons none of the atheists here have said much about it as "ideal."
My reason is that I know almost nothing about it. I didn't even know about the high incidence of atheism. You are perhaps a bit quick to impute the hiding of embarrassing secrets to atheists.
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Old 08-31-2011, 07:35 AM
 
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Thailand. No one cares.
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:40 AM
 
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Thailand. No one cares.
I liked Thailand and Cambodia and the Burmese people (not their Fascist government, though). But the fact is that, I just don't see myself living anywhere else than here.
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:19 AM
 
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My reason is that I know almost nothing about it. I didn't even know about the high incidence of atheism. You are perhaps a bit quick to impute the hiding of embarrassing secrets to atheists.
Oh maybe.

Estonia is a relatively small country that was in the Soviet Union. Former Soviets are sometimes intentionally ignored in studies because their situation, with regard to religion or societal structure, is a tad unique. Estonia is loved by many libertarians as they practice a flat tax and had fairly good development after their independence. They're also one of the freest nations on Earth. So it being that embarrassing could be rather arguable.

I was just thinking of it as a bit negative in terms of homicide, suicide, and generally life-dissatisfaction rates. Still this can be chalked up to just widespread dissatisfaction in many of the former Soviets.

If it makes you feel better when I tried to do a version of this thread on the Christian forum I got no responses, or at least last I checked I didn't. Even the more modern nations that come up fairly high in "importance of religion" (Cyprus, Malta, the US, Greece after a fashion) got no takers. Although possibly that's because I couldn't think of a highly religious Protestant country in the first world, except the US, and said as such.
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Old 09-02-2011, 05:34 AM
 
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It's like this. I've been here and there and some places I liked more than others. There was no-where that didn't have some good aspects and also some bad and for different reasons. The UK is far from ideal and not getting noticeably better. It's hard to say why this is and probably wrong to blame it any one aspect.

Any problems with Estonia could be because of a number of reasons and I'd be wary of leaping on a high incidence of atheism as a correlation just as I ought to be wary of pointing up a correlation between a high incidence of Catholicism in the Philippines and some of the problems it has there. They are the same sort of problem we find in Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia - Buddhist, Capitalist with a communist government hanging onto power and Muslim...sorta.
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Old 09-02-2011, 12:11 PM
 
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Thailand is a religious society, buddhism. But it still sounds good.

I think Switzerland sounds pretty good.
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