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This post was edited by safaribehn at 2013-1-23 22:34|
seneca Post time: 2013-1-22 08:29
I submit that these countries:
... are ranked as the world's "happist nations" not because - as the OP insinuates - because they are, he perceives: "borderline socialist states" but for the following reasons:
- All of them have relatively small populations (no football stampedes due to nationalist fervour);
The Netherlands has the highest population density in Europe. It might not seems as high when perceived as stats on the screen, but seen as a region it is as cramped as it gets. I don't think larger, densely populated countries are destined to be miserable, but if so, they should decentralize or separate. Much more cost efficient to offer good social services to everyone where many people live, than where they are scattered about.
.- all of them are relatively healthy, with a reasonable distribution of wealth among the people;
And why is that? Because we are borderline socialistic, and so should all. Especially those who claim to be Communistic, such as China, which is a lie.
.- all of them are harmonious and peaceful, with no conflicts with neighbours or domestically;
Can't argue on that, but we do have our moments. Luckily, otherwise it could get too boring.
.- none of them treats minorities badly;
True. Although I think Norway mistreat it's asylum seekers due unreasonable amount of suspicion, and way too long processing, which drags on for years, while they're stuck in prison-like accommodations. No, worse than prison, as prisons are quite nice in Norway.
.- none of them maintains a huge standing army;
I think that is more circumstantial. If indeed there was a reason to have them, then it would be a reason for concern if we didn't. Similarly, it would be a reason for concern if we did have them, considering that we don't need them. And it's only reasonable that the countries who do need them are less happy than the ones who don't.
.- none of them has territorial disputes with other states.
I think it's more the way we deal with our border issues. Norway had border issues with Russia which weren't resolved until 2008 (I think), and there really never was any sense of urgency, or inappropriate displays of power. Japan and China could probably learn a thing or two, if only China would talk to Norway, that is
.- and most of them had to fight for their independence from other countries!
I doubt that has much bearing, as it all peripheral in our collective conscience, and has no applicable impact on our day to day lives. Very few today lived through Nazi occupation, and certainly no one in living memory had to fight for any independence. Peace is almost a given at the present, and I think that is all that truly matters. Of course people who have way to much spare time are inventing coming conflicts in the future, and are playing them out in their own imagination. Should cut those people's welfare, so that they would be forced to do something more worth while with their lives...