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World’s Top 10 Happiest Countries

May 16, 2009

The results are in!

The Paris-based OECD, with support from Gallup Poll, has the latest ranking of the top ranked countries to be in and here it is in ascending order.

10. Belgium
9. Norway
8. New Zealand
7. Switzerland
6. Canada
5. Ireland
4. Sweden
3. Netherlands
2. Finland
1. Denmark

Haha, the US got punked. So did the UK. And France. And Germany. No Asian country made it to the top 10 either. Not one.

Okay, how did they measure happiness? By going to each country and asking a thousand people, age 15 or older, questions like these:

  • Did you enjoy something you did yesterday?
  • Were you proud of something you did yesterday?
  • Did you learn something yesterday?
  • Were you treated with respect yesterday?

So. The nordic countries – the origin of one of the most savage warriors in the middle ages called the vikings – have now completely turned upside down into heaven on earth. They’ve gone from conquering medieval villages with swords and axes to conquering the world with Ikea, Volvo and Nokia. And Carlsberg. Yes, we cannot forget Carlsberg.

And to think that the US or rather, its right-leaning masses, are afraid of “socialist Sweden.” Eat that, suckers. 🙂

And why didn’t any Asian country make it to the top 10? We’re that bad huh.

Well, if you’ve seen a list of the world’s top 10 crappiest places, let me know.

Check out Forbes Listing of the Top 10 Happiest Countries here.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. May 17, 2009 1:57 am


    being happy is just an illusion ,
    you may be happy yesterday and today . but you will never know whether you will be happy tomorrow , or next year , or the next 10 years ..

    life is a roller coaster have ups and downs all the time ..why bother pursue-ing happiness ? how much happiness is enough?

    i am sick of people(especially girls) , talking about “are you happy or not?” “no , you’re not happy” ..seriously , life is a gift . appreciate it and live as if there is no tomorrow .

    Hey where is gapnap and what have you done to him? LOL. 😀 You’re right of course. Happiness is not a place. Its a state of mind. Happiness isn’t forever, and neither is unhappiness. Unfortunately our state of mind is connected to our environment. For example, if you had to choose between living in Rangoon where you could be arrested for shredding in the park and living in Shibuya Tokyo where you can play to your heart’s content, where would you rather live. That’s how much our environment can influence our states of mind.

  2. May 17, 2009 6:43 pm

    mmmm…also proves one thing….ppl in cold countries are happier. 😛

    well, just be glad malaysia is not in the last 10 😛

    The heat makes us go nuts? Probably. 🙂

  3. May 18, 2009 4:42 pm

    Hmm…actually, it’s quite true huh. Malaysia, India, Mexico, Philippines… … ? Or maybe places with a lot of Chinese?

    I have a theory that pegs it to culture which I’ll blog about tomorrow.


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