Happiest country in the world is ......
8th July 2008
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Denmark - according to researchers, with Zimbabwe being the most unhappy.

The world's richest country - USA - is the 16th happiest, wtih happiness in general worldwide rising since 1918, according to the US government funded World Values Survey. Denmark, with its democracy, social equality and peaceful atmosphere, is the happiest country in the world, researchers said on Monday.

Apparently there's a strong correlation between happiness and democracy, which could explain Denmark's rating, as they have a democracy, peaceful atmospher and social equality. Although I have to say on my recent trip there to visit relatives it's not all bells and roses - the cost of living is very high, as are the taxes!

Colombia and Puerto Rico also came quite high, along with Switzerland,Northern Ireland, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada and Sweden.

I notice that the UK aren't highly ranked! Strange to think that Northern Ireland with its troubles ranks higher on the happiness scale than we do .....

Any comments? Do you think that people in the Stamford area are happier than the rest of the UK? Having lived in London, I was extremely impressed when I moved up here as to how happy and friendly everyone was. People actually smiled at you in the street, unheard of in London, where you'd probably get carted away if you dared to smile at someone you didn't know. And the people in the shops were much friendlier here as well, a very welcome surprise.

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