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Old 08-07-2014, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Loidis
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Oslo is a capital city though, Leeds is not, and Oslo is the only large city in Norway. Leeds is nothing special, but there are numerous other large cities to choose from. In Norway, it's Oslo or nothing, unless you count Bergen as a large city, which it clearly is not.
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:23 AM
 
Location: Turku, Finland
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Norway wins this year: Happiness report: Norway is the happiest place on Earth - BBC News

Happy happiness day Norway!
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:37 AM
 
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Ah. The annual happiness-can-be-measured-totally-credible report again.
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Old 03-20-2017, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Turku, Finland
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Ah. The annual happiness-can-be-measured-totally-credible report again.
Part of it is self-reported, and of the more important metrics are: work-life balance, good governance, equality, low corruption... pretty much all those who you are most unhappy about in Taiwan? Coincidence?

Climate mediterraneo, 1000 castels medievales, UNESCO heritage sites and fresh fish weren't in the metrics .- ja ja
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Old 03-25-2017, 11:09 PM
 
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The Scandinavian countries along with the USA has the highest % of people on anti-depressants in the world. Doesn't seem very "happy" to me.

There is no doubt in my mind that South American and South East Asian along with Oceanic countries would top these lists.

These lists are just propaganda by the way. Most probably made by Bernie Sanders supporters.
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Old 03-26-2017, 03:11 AM
 
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Part of it is self-reported, and of the more important metrics are: work-life balance, good governance, equality, low corruption... pretty much all those who you are most unhappy about in Taiwan? Coincidence?

Climate mediterraneo, 1000 castels medievales, UNESCO heritage sites and fresh fish weren't in the metrics .- ja ja
Other than GNI per capita and life expectancy the whole thing is self-reported, which makes the credibility really low.
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Old 03-26-2017, 04:26 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pennsylvania / Dull Germany
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I prefer individual freedom before collective "happiness". How happy you are with the given circumstances in your country, rather depends on yourself. Those lists are often used as a method of propaganda from those, who aren't very happy with their life in their country, while others who are do not really care.
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Old 03-26-2017, 05:05 AM
 
Location: NO
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The Scandinavian countries along with the USA has the highest % of people on anti-depressants in the world. Doesn't seem very "happy" to me.

There is no doubt in my mind that South American and South East Asian along with Oceanic countries would top these lists.

These lists are just propaganda by the way. Most probably made by Bernie Sanders supporters.
Bernie Sanders supporters? Stop being so US-centric.

Australia is sunny. The same goes for Spain and Portugal. I guess that hypothesis failed.

The top countries for antidepressant use - Business Insider

"Antidepressant use is not an accurate window into rates of depression. Instead, the popularity of antidepressants in a given country is the result of a complicated mix of depression rates, stigma, wealth, health coverage, and availability of treatment.

In the United States, for example, only about a third of people with severe depression take an antidepressant. In South Korea, where antidepressant use is the lowest among the countries analyzed, the suicide rate is the highest in the developed world. Koreans are much likelier than Americans to see mental illness as a personal weakness, research has shown, which means many never seek treatment.

According to a review of the research on depression in Nordic countries, Iceland's unusually high antidepressant use is "a result of their perceived effectiveness by users, but also an effect of limited access to alternative treatment like psychotherapy." The rising rate of antidepressant usage there, however, has not been tied to any decrease in suicide rate or disability due to depression."

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Old 03-26-2017, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Pennsylvania / Dull Germany
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Lol, the use of antidepressants its rather related to the doctors prescribing some or the industry boosting their sales than actually people being happy or unhappy. Depressions are serious mental disorders and have nothing to do with "being happy".
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Old 03-26-2017, 11:19 AM
 
Location: Turku, Finland
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Lol, the use of antidepressants its rather related to the doctors prescribing some or the industry boosting their sales than actually people being happy or unhappy. Depressions are serious mental disorders and have nothing to do with "being happy".
Yeah, and if in Congo you cannot even get medicine for malaria, how could you get antidepressants? And even if you could, you couldn't afford it.
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