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Finland is world's happiest country for 7th straight year: study

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How about Palestine?

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Isreal is in the top 5 happiest - go figure

Israel is a country, and there is no country called "Palestine", so pretty easy to figure out.

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In North America, Australia and New Zealand, happiness among groups under 30 has dropped dramatically since 2006-10, with older generations now happier than the young.

This is sad leaving the country (at least the US) worse for your children. US young persons know this massive debt will be an albatross for their generation, and to add to the misery is out of control university tuition, housing, and health care.

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It reveals something about all our societies that they cannot provide at least the happiness of Finland, much less far beyond that. Another way of seeing it is that Finland (and Iceland and Denmark, which both also score above 7) is the least worst among our hopelessly inept, corrupt, failing and miserable societies. What is the point of all the cr@p we have to put up with, day in day out, if there is not happiness at the end of it? Why don't our governments maximise happiness? It's clear our economies don't even if maximising happiness is the great deceit of capitalism. We just have to toil to pile up the riches for the alpha exploiters who, themselves, are barely happier than the rest? Are we happy with that? These figures should be a wake up call to take a long, hard look at ourselves and who we are and what we want to achieve. Good for Finland but you still only get a B minus from me.

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Why don't our governments maximise happiness?

Amazing what people want their politicians to provide them.

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I’m sorry but I don’t believe this report. Philippines is way down and Japan is happier? I’ve been to some of the top places and I didn’t see many smiling folk at all.

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@Beyondtheblossoms

....rising from 50th in 2019 to 31st this year.

Looking at the stats I think Japan is overall 51st in 2024.

Younger group ~ 30 years rank is 73.

Older group 60+ years is 36.

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Amazing what people want their politicians to provide them.

Your little soundbite reveals your debating style. And it, sadly, is part of the problem. Who else is or should be involved in providing the conditions for happiness? Can you share your wisdom? It's clear the market or consumerism don't provide happiness even though maximising utility is the stated aim of the market. What do we have a government for if not to help set the tone or parameters of the sort of society we would like? Do you imagine Finland relies purely on the market to maximise its happiness? Wouldn't you be proud to come from a country where happiness is high? How do you propose your inadequate country enables that?

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Zibala...among the G20, 9 countries recognise Palestine as a state,....Indonesia does too but doesnt recognise Israel, similar position to Malaysia.

Among the ME and African nations , Palestine is recognised as a state in nearly all cases.

Per capita then, more people recognise Palestine world wide than Israel.

Israel is just not that important.

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Zibala...among the G20, 9 countries recognise Palestine as a state,....Indonesia does too but doesnt recognise Israel, similar position to Malaysia.

Oh, so then no excuse that the Palestinian Arabs are fighting for their own state. They already have it! Silly for anyone to mention a two-state solution.

Per capita then, more people recognise Palestine world wide than Israel.

Wrong again.

165 of the 193 UN member nations recognize Israel.

Israel is just not that important.

Yet, you incessantly post about that country.

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Yet Finland ranks quite high in its rate of suicide.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_suicide_rate

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Japan ranked 31st is the biggest joke of the year! It’s probably closer to 80th to be more realistic!

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Japan ranked 31st is the biggest joke of the year! It’s probably closer to 80th to be more realistic!

I would think it should be ranked higher. What's not to be happy about in Japan? It has super advanced technology, great infrastructure, low crime, clean, good healthy food, beautiful scenery, nice weather, so much to see and do. I guess the work culture makes it lose a lot of points.

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Finland also is rated, always. in the top three nations in education. Most of the top in education come from northern Europe. Iceland, Germany, and Australia, are also very high. The US is 20th.

It would appear, then, that education is part of the reason for these rankings. As well, there is far less political strife and troubling social issues.

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Gene HennighToday 01:37 am JST

Finland also is rated, always. in the top three nations in education. Most of the top in education come from northern Europe. Iceland, Germany, and Australia, are also very high. The US is 20th.

It would appear, then, that education is part of the reason for these rankings. As well, there is far less political strife and troubling social issues.

Is education also the cause of the high suicide rate then?

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Rarely do I respond on the comments page, but TaiwanisNotChina (if that is your real name) Finland is 38th in the world in % by country. The US is 31st. Russia, South Korea, and even Belgium are higher than Finland and lower than the US. If the suicide rate for Finland seems high, there are well educated countries that are higher. 38th doesn't seem particularly high to me.

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Gene Hennigh

Rarely do I respond on the comments page, but TaiwanisNotChina

Yup, it's on my birth certificate. And you are right that Russia has a lot of suicides because it is a repressive place.

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And Nordic countries kept their places among the 10 most cheerful, with Denmark, Iceland and Sweden trailing Finland.

Hmm, besides being Scandinavian what could these countries have in common....

Finns' strong welfare society, trust in state authorities, low levels of corruption and free healthcare and education were also key.

There you go. But the GOP in the US tells us those things would instantly turn us in a socialist hellhole like Vuvulzuela and we would be forced to consume our own waste and insects.

Better to live with medical bankruptcies and being a paycheck away from homelessness. The American Dream.

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