Forbes` Worlds 10 Happiest Countries [Pic]

Submitted by: kitten_soup 5 years ago

Hmm, there"s a common thread there.
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Male 17
davymid has it down like a boss. When you look at the actual facts it`s countries that use the power of the state to deal with social problems in a scientific way.
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Male 646
Yeah, the problem with America is idiots who post poo like this.
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Male 1,678
Lots of hot blondes.
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Male 12,138
OldOllie:[quote]So what do they all have in common, besides being almost all white?[/quote]
Well, see that`s the thing. They also have these things in common:

*They`re all in Europe
*They`re all highly Socialist countries
*They all have relatively large government
*They`re some of the most secular/progressive/liberal societies in the world
*etc etc etc

Though of course you`re an old right-wing conservative libertarian (with apparent racist leanings). So, while you have repeatedly espoused your deep-seated beliefs on these very forums that every other aspect I just mentioned are inherently evil and detrimental to societal functionality, you pick up on the fact that it`s the dearth of non-white people that make those countries great places to live.

Dude, really?
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Male 871
Finland being the only country mentioned that uses the euro!!!
still 1 out of 4 isnt bad ctobin34 maybe brush up on your international politics!!!?
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Male 66
I wonder if they`ll still be that happy after the Euro fails.
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Male 1,595
@justin9235

I cannot begin to explain the irony in that statement.
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Male 1,582
Well that`s because anyone with even a little bit of intelligence realizes that atheism is 100% correct, and America is the land of the retarded, and the brain-washed.
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Male 533
Danmark!
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Male 2,030
All have extremely tight immigration policies and white leaders?
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Male 10,440
In a perfect world with absolute separation of church and state it should not matter what the leader of a country believes.

Unfortunately that`s not the case, because politicians are highly corruptible. So you might as well elect the atheist...
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Female 38
I am making this one comment, Britain would be happier as an empire again. Far too many countries are happy because `happiness` is all they`ve known in a sense of, what is right. Britain has fought for happiness in some cases. We are a proud nation, and i can`t see Norway controlling over half the worlds population. Ever.
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Female 836
Biadh

"Of course the USA made it onto the list. They`re so deluded, they think that their lives are great when infact they`re not."

Um, that makes no sense at all. Happy is a feeling, not a measurement. If you`re happy, then you are probably, uh, happy.

Don`t project what you WANT to believe onto what actually IS.
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Male 412
Last post: *And, as has been pointed out, they`re homogENEOUS.
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Male 412
My wife is (now) a lecturer in social analysis and social change. She has recently studied the politics of happiness and has a few lay and professional articles on this subject pending publication in the next few months.

The essence of her argument is this: The quantification of happiness is inappropriate and can lead to a very slippery slope in terms of policy. Furthermore, happiness measures across societies are meaningless, as happiness is driven by fundamentally different things in different places. Lastly, politics drives `choices` for happiest places.

I`ve been across the world. I`m one of the only people on the planet who can legitimately say they`ve set foot on every continent, and I`ve either lived in or had extended visitation in 28 countries. I can honestly say that I see absolutely no reason why Scandinavian countries are considered to be the happiest. The people are happy, yes - but so are other people.

And, as has been pointed out, they`re homog
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Male 14,330
@Buidah

You`ve just brought the UK down another point!!!
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Male 1,008
lemming fodder
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Male 802
Those rankings are from 2010 I believe. If you check the current list it is like this.
1 Norway
2 Denmark
3 Australia
4 New Zealand
5 Sweden
6 Canada
7 Finland
8 Switzerland
9 Netherlands
10 United States
Also the list is put out by Legatum Institute and is only discussed in an article appearing in Forbes. It is not Forbes`s list.
While I am certain that Atheists can be very happy people, I really do despise lazy trolls.
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Male 56
Well, let`s hear about the world`s 5 most miserable places and chack the religion , or leack thereof , of their leaders.
Hurra for Scandinavia , and congratulations , but atheism doesn`t matter that much.Keeping religion private and separate from politcs, that`s the key
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Male 3,472
Hey, I`m happy I`m not in prison for my political and religious views.
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Male 265
Feels better to be norwegian then swedish now...5 places better
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Male 6,737
Of course the USA made it onto the list. They`re so deluded, they think that their lives are great when infact they`re not.
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Male 671
Uhm.. not exaclty. Bulgaria is a republic, but we have both a president and a prime minister. It depends on the country who has more power.
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Male 48
President is ehad of the coutnry. Prime Minister is just ehad of a parliament. In the Nordic coutnries, we all have royal families who are, technically, ehad of state. They sign laws etc like a president, except if they were to ever veto, poof goes the royal court :P
As for what we all have in common? We`re socialist countries. We have free healthcare, free education, a social security network that takes care of our societys weakest members. In return, we have a higher taxrate (which, if you include helathcare insurance etc in the US as a "tax", equals the same, only ours covers everyone, rich and poor alike). Life is good in Scandinavia :)
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Male 541
TheShgn. Presidents are for republics, PM`s are leaders of parliamentary governments.
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Male 29
Feels good to be swedish now. B)
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Male 812
Lies... Finnish people are not happy! Almost 1/3 of people here are depressed.
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Male 15,832
So what do they all have in common, besides being almost all white?
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Male 626
This is a stupid question, but:
Is there a difference between a president and a prime minister? If so what is it?
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Male 2,384
haha true that
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Male 108
@greenbasterd: "Danish prime minister is a total hottie."

Try seeing her without her clothes on... :(
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Male 122
i hardly see this as an argument that non-belief in a god is better for a country. I do, however, see it as an argument AGAINST the necessity of belief in god for the good of a country.
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Female 3,727
I can believe it...

BTW....I love, love, love Sweden! And I am going to stay out of the religion debate. Fairy-tales are for children.
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Male 14,774
Hey USA made it onto the list! Mind you, strange things can happen:

"In Nepal, for example, inflation is 11%, unemployment 46%. Yet a surprisingly high 50% of the people say they are satisfied with their standard of living and 81% have confidence in their banks."
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Male 347
Hey, don`t leave out Australia, our prime minister is atheist aswell.
Australia is ranked number 4 on that list.
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Male 119
Dannish PM has the right idea. Believe what you want to believe and leave everyone else the hell alone. I like it!
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Male 526
@SCFan, and in a stranger way, you can say that you have faith that he somehow does exist. You claim that there is an invisible sky wizard, you are the one that has to come up with complete undeniable proof that he`s actually there. Especially if you plan on going around telling people that they`ll burn in hell forever if they don`t believe in the particular brand of wizard you do.
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Male 2
Hmmm, also all white, leaders of mostly homogenous countries.
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Male 2,345
the problem with America, and let`s be honest, is the fact that we have so many cowards in it and by coward I mean conservatives. they are afraid of anything and everything and fight to keep anything different from them from ever having a place in this country.

get rid of them and the religious right and this country gets much better.

oh and I believe in God...just not the same way pro-war, pro-death penalty conservatives do.
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Male 256
Where are the alcoholics? Where are the heroin addicts? Where are the prostitutes? Oh, that`s right. They wouldn`t fit into this one sided example.....
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Male 1,421
Hedkwab: High domestic abuse rate is also false, i have to wonder what are your motives of telling lies..
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Male 1,421
Hedkwab: "The Finnish people have the worlds highest rates of depression, alchohol abuse and domestic abuse.. so yeah.. Happy! "

Well... Highest depression rates

Alcohol consumption

So shut the drat up, i live here and all those arguments are invalid...
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Male 141
Replace all the words "atheist" with "white". It still makes sense, doesn`t it?

Whoever posted this is a bigot.
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Male 1,266
"Until you show me the body of Jesus Christ, you can not prove beyond a doubt that there is no God."

...So you will believe in God until someone shows you the body ( and I`m not even going to ask how you expect it to be identified?) of Jesus?...

It`s statements like this that make people think all Christians are idiots without an ounce of scientific reasoning :/
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Male 1,231
Uk isn`t even on there cos we`re a bunch of miserable bastards. Religion doesn`t even need to enter the equation.
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Male 340
The Finnish people have the worlds highest rates of depression, alchohol abuse and domestic abuse.. so yeah.. Happy!

(But drat god anyway)
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Male 2,085
Ooh, atheists again. Until you show me the body of Jesus Christ, you can not prove beyond a doubt that there is no God. In a strange way, you could say that you have faith that He does no exist.
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Female 385
CrakrJak, the point here is as follows:

On the top 10 happiest countries on earth, The USA is #10.

Several of the countries above us have atheist leaders, while an atheist in the USA would have no chance of ever winning.

Pretty much every one of those countries has a higher tax rate than the USA, proving low taxes are in no way correlated with population contentment.

Every one of those countries has higher education standards than the USA.

The USA has pretty much fallen by the wayside. The only thing we`re the world leader of anymore is having an unrealistically high opinion about ourselves.
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Male 80
I think the common thread is that it`s cold. And it works the other way too - ever notice how most of the wars and terror these days are coming out of hot climates? Hmmm.....
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Male 222
Um CrakrJak did you just say that John Key, our prime minister, is jewish? LMAO no.. no no. He has vague jewish ancestry. But is agnostic.
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Male 2,376
Danish prime minister is a total hottie
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Male 2,143
Actually, Having athiest leaders doesn`t make them Happy. Being able count on a leader without imaginary friends to declare war for.
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Male 361
Well we know it`s not north korea
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Male 2,422
What`s the common thread? Irreligion? Ethnic and cultural homogeneity? Socialism?
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Male 17,512
They neglected to mention the others in the list. #4 Australia, PM Julia Gillard - Baptist; #5 New Zealand, PM John Key - Jewish; #7 Canada, PM Stephen Harper - Evangelical Christian; #8 Switzerland, Micheline Calmy-Rey president of a 7 member collective - Not listed; #9 Netherlands, Mark Rutte - Protestant; #10 United States, Barrack Obama - Says he`s a Christian.

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Male 20
Religious beliefs prevent basic human rights like social equality (Case In Point: gay marriage), scientific advancement (CIP: stem cell research), creates negative world opinion (CIP: who should care if Obama was Muslim, we support freedom of religion...). Plus religion is EXCLUSIVE not inclusive.

I think religious leaders pandering to a religious voting block, making spiritual decisions about the way to move an entire COUNTRY of people of all beliefs rather than what might actually be the best course of action... Well yeah, I think it might have an impact on how successful a country might be.

Second "point" that I think was trying to be made was the idea of wealth equity. Here in capitalist U.S. of A. the wealth gap is astronomical. Class warfare is an unfair, incendiary term, but the concept behind it really does create resentment for those that "have" and breeds a culture that is constantly seeking its "piece-of-the-pie" rather than
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Male 143
That is a very poorly constructed argument and conclusion. Anyone with any sort of reasoning can see that. All I read from this is that happy countries have high trust, high per capita GDP, and low entrepreneurial start-up costs. So the Scandinavians know how economics work apparently.
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Male 248
Wait what? America is also on the list this picture just doesn`t show it... So is Canada...

The author just picked four countries from the list with athiest leaders ignoring the entire rest of the list to prove a point. Not how science is done, people...
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Male 90
I`m from denmark, and it`s not like we dont have religious and conservative people, but they got voted out of the government last election :D jai Denmark
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Male 6,737
Tru dat.
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Male 105
What I take from this:
Scandinavia = awesome
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Male 10,440
Yeah... Americans are jealous.
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Male 10,440
Yay! Canada is #7. I don`t know what the hell Harper is, I don`t care. I think he`s a christian of some sort but he never brings it up.
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Male 190
Interesting to see what a lack of religious fundamentalism breeds!!! And yes America just because you are Christian doesn`t mean you don`t have crazy fundamentalists.... West Baptist Church!? mmmm ? mmm?
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Male 633
I don`t get it.
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Male 1,586
This is really dumb and the point is not made. Unless, of course, the point was that the top 5 happiest countries are Nordic.
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Male 3,061
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Male 47
So, you`re proud that out of the top 10 happiest countries, only 70% are led by Christians?

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Male 1,793
all the rigious people are waiting for the end of the world for their joy... we atheist know that the only joy we have is now....
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Male 2,790
i am bored
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Female 9,402
Well, this was stupid.
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Male 541
@burbclaver

Serious?? Wales is my favourite part of the UK, they`re all so jolly. It`s the English and Scots who are miserable and cynical about everything.

Also I think the connection between quality of life and a leader`s religious views here is really stretching it and pretty pathetic (the picture even accepts a Christian can have progressive, liberal views like in Denmark), but I would expect no less from I-Am-Atheist....
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Male 174
I can`t believe North Korea didn`t make the list!!
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Male 1,010
The religious angle of this post is stupid though, and has no relevance to living standards.

Need i remind that our prime minister (of Norway) from 1997- 2000, Kjell Magne Bondevik is a lutheran priest. He did not promote religious motives for political decisions, which would naturally throw him out of office in a second, but still it is evidence that the leaders religious view is completely irrelevant.

In my opinion it is the mixed economy and positive practice of human rights, that is the main factor for financial and social success.
The answer is social democracy, not atheism.
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Female 1,743
lol trutenrman
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Male 2,422
How the hell does one gauge happiness?

Easy. You ask people.
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Male 808
Also, with all the nation building USA does, aren`t you guys surprised to not see Afghanistan or Iraq on there?
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Male 319
I`ve never connected satisfaction with this life and the Christian religion, and I am a Christian.
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Male 1,341
Rick S, even if a presidential candidate was an atheist, or any religion other than Christian, they had better act like the biggest bible thumping idiot that they can or you better believe they would have no chance of winning.

Also, I`m not at all surprised by this list. I have always hated hearing people say "USA, best place to live in the world!" Or "if you don`t like it why don`t you just move somewhere else?!"

... To which I would respond, "if I had the funds and the means to do so, don`t you think I would have done that already?!"
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Male 878
I`m pretty sure it`s those miserable Welsh that dragged the UK out of the top 10.
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Male 683
How the hell does one gauge happiness?
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Male 1,010
@Gerry: Yes, as for Norway it actually will. As a citizen of UK, your "country" is also a part in the EEC agreement between the UK/EU and the other EFTA nations, which includes Norway. The goal of the agreement is to ensure a free, open and fair- competitive market for money, merchandise and services, between all the countries. So, all you have to do is get a job in Norway, and as long as your service is needed by an employer here, you have the right to stay. Things like complicated working- visa issues and time- limited "green- cards" will not be a problem at all for you, in fact those restrictions are in breach of art. 11 in the main part of the EEC agreeement. So welcome to Norway, make use of yourself and stay as long as you like, no strings attached :-)
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Male 14,330
So what`s the problem? WE`RE NUMBER 10! WE`RE NUMBER 10! WE`RE NUMBER 10! WE`RE NUMBER 10! EVERYBODY!! WE`RE NUMBER 10!
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Female 7,833
No Gerry, I always fancied Norway- but no luck. These nice socialist places are hard to get into- no surprise there then!
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Male 3,314
Not a theist here, but seems to me that if the leaders of five of the top ten are being pointed out as atheists, than the other five leaders are probably NOT atheists. Case in point? US came in at number 10, and we haven`t had an atheist in charge, ever, I think.

Just another case of being able to spin numbers any way you want.
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Female 4,349
i`d still pick aus or nz over europe, and nz over aus, cause we are NUCLEAR FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE! yay.
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Male 12,138
The full list (thanks Guy6870)

1. Norway
2. Denmark
3. Finland
4. Australia
5. New Zealand
6. Sweden
7. Canada
8. Switzerland
9. Holland
10. USA
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Male 495
So Scandinavia is the greatest place in the world.
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Male 808
I know Canada was on there, I am sure top 5
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Male 37,888

Will my dual citizenship with England get me into one of those other nice european countries? I`m totally ready to bail on the country formerly known as the U.S. of A.
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Male 14,330
Where`s the other 6?
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Male 142
Forbes` Worlds 10 Happiest Countries [Link">

At least put the actual link in the credits...
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Female 4,349
wheres the rest of them? i know aus is 4 and nz is 5, or they were last time i looked...but we are comparable to all the scandinavian countries in beleifs and systems and general behaviors.
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Male 2,552
Is the common thread the fact that each of those countries is predominately Caucasian?
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Male 25,416
Right e o
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Male 2,199
the word you were looking for is trend... unless if Scandinavia has a giant spool of thread that keeps them happy...
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Male 14,330
[quote]Problem America?[/quote]

Ya this is arranged f**king terribly!!
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Female 368
Link: Forbes` Worlds 10 Happiest Countries [Pic] [Rate Link] - Hmm, there`s a common thread there.
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