Quality of Life

According to a study conducted by Adrian White of the University of Leicester and reported in BusinessWeek, Austrians are the 3rd happiest nation in the world.

Having lived in Vienna for 3 years I’d tend to disagree with that. It’s a wonderful place to live, but I wouldn’t say they people were particularly expressive about their happiness.

Mercer produce reports which deal with similar metrics such as Quality of Life and Cost of Living.

Despite my optimistic enthusiasm, Spain doesn’t come off so well.

And don’t get me started about the UK…

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6 thoughts on “Quality of Life

  1. IIIII AAAAAM SOOOOOOO HAAAAAAPPPYYYYYYYYY SOOOOOOO HAAAAAPPPPYYYYYYY!!!!!!! OMG LOL!!!!111!1!!!11

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    better?

  2. You’re clearly just drunk.
    In an hour or so you’ll be morose and cursing life again.

    Maybe I’m just being negative because I live in the UK.

    Screw you guys, I’m going to the Bahamas!

  3. and Denmark is the happiest nation in the world???

    that’s clearly just a result of the extensive alcohol consumption here… so maybe Oli’s approach isn’t that wrong after all…

  4. Still not to my tastes in terms of annual sunshine, etc, but worth noting:

    http://timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=689519&category=FRONTPG&BCCode=HOME&newsdate=5/18/2008

    “Highest birth rate in Europe + highest divorce rate + highest percentage of women working outside the home = the best country in the world”

    “Iceland, the block of sub-Arctic lava to which these statistics apply, tops the latest table of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Human Development Index rankings, meaning that as a society and as an economy – in terms of wealth, health and education – they are champions of the world.”

    ” It is the country with the sixth highest GDP per capita in the world; where people buy the most books; where life expectancy for men is the highest in the world, and not far behind for women; it’s the only country in Nato with no armed forces (they were banned 700 years ago); the highest ratio of mobile telephones to population; the fastest-expanding banking system in the world; rocketing export business; crystal-pure air; hot water delivered to all Icelandic households straight from the earth’s volcanic bowels; and so on and so forth.”

    “if you are in a job the state gives you nine months on fully paid child leave, to be split among the mother and the father as they so please.”

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