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Old 04-24-2015, 10:20 AM
 
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Swiss reign supreme in world happiness ranks | World news | The Guardian

As a person living in Switzerland, i'm speechless.

The Swiss would have to be the most miserable looking people i've ever seen in the world. You never see them smiling or laughing, and the suicide rate is one of the highest in europe!

They are socially disconnected and are only concerned about work and money.

Do you agree with this report?
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Taipei, Taiwan
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Another report evaluating happiness?
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Old 04-24-2015, 10:46 AM
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Swiss reign supreme in world happiness ranks | World news | The Guardian

As a person living in Switzerland, i'm speechless.

The Swiss would have to be the most miserable looking people i've ever seen in the world. You never see them smiling or laughing, and the suicide rate is one of the highest in europe!

They are socially disconnected and are only concerned about work and money.

Do you agree with this report?

Perhaps the Swiss define happiness different, possibly lower expectations.
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Old 04-24-2015, 11:24 AM
 
Location: 59N
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Swiss reign supreme in world happiness ranks | World news | The Guardian

As a person living in Switzerland, i'm speechless.

The Swiss would have to be the most miserable looking people i've ever seen in the world. You never see them smiling or laughing, and the suicide rate is one of the highest in europe!

They are socially disconnected and are only concerned about work and money.

Do you agree with this report?
The suicide rate is lower than in the US, UK, France and Germany.

List of countries by suicide rate

I guess Americans are more miserable than most Western Europeans.
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Old 04-24-2015, 11:29 AM
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The suicide rate is lower than in the US, UK, France and Germany.

List of countries by suicide rate

I guess Americans are more miserable than most Western Europeans.

I wish the rates for the USA would divide the suicide rates per income.
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Old 04-24-2015, 11:32 AM
 
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Swiss reign supreme in world happiness ranks | World news | The Guardian

As a person living in Switzerland, i'm speechless.

The Swiss would have to be the most miserable looking people i've ever seen in the world. You never see them smiling or laughing, and the suicide rate is one of the highest in europe!

They are socially disconnected and are only concerned about work and money.

Do you agree with this report?
Happiness is cultural

A Sicilian will be happier than a Danish any time

the Happiest people I know are the mediterraneans, latin americans and pacific islanders.

the most unhappy people I know are the japanese, chinese, and northern and eastern europeans
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Old 04-24-2015, 11:39 AM
 
Location: 59N
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I wish the rates for the USA would divide the suicide rates per income.
Why? The suicide rate is always higher for people with little education and low income.
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Old 04-24-2015, 11:41 AM
 
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Why? The suicide rate is always higher for people with little education and low income.
Actually suicide tends to occur more in richer highly developed countries with highly educated people

Notice how low suicide is in Africa as opposed to Japan where suicide is an everyday thing.
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Old 04-24-2015, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Leeds, UK
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So it doesn't actually show the happiness of people in each country - just taking a few random factors and putting them together, including the very useless GDP per captia (why people think this is an accurate measurement of wealth and well-being I will never know), and coming to the conclusion that these factors alone mean they are happier. No people were actually asked.

Anyway, British people are quite miserable, whatever their situation. They can have plenty of vacation time, take multiple holidays in a year, earn a lot (relatively speaking), live in a country where the economy is good and unemployment is low, and expect to live to 81.5 years (one of the highest in the world), but we're still unhappy. I blame the high prices.

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Old 04-24-2015, 11:49 AM
 
Location: 59N
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Happiness is cultural

A Sicilian will be happier than a Danish any time

the Happiest people I know are the mediterraneans, latin americans and pacific islanders.

the most unhappy people I know are the japanese, chinese, and northern and eastern europeans
Most people I know in Norway are happy. Why? Because the economy is good and the unemployment rate is low. All employees have five weeks paid vacation and most can afford to travel abroad 1-3 times per year. We also have paid sick and maternity leave, universal healthcare. Life is pretty uncomplicated here. The majority of people are quite introverted in public but that is not the same as unhappiness.
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