Monday, March 05, 2012

The Happiest Countries on Earth

By Francesca Levy/ Source: Forbes
In the wake of their World Cup loss, residents of the Netherlands may be feeling depressed. But there's reason to believe they won't be done in by the agony of defeat: According to a recent poll, the country is one of the happiest in the world.

Championship-winning Spain, on the other hand, was swept with euphoria and national pride, but that may have been an unfamiliar feeling. The country ranks No. 17 of 21 European countries in terms of happiness.
The fact is good times probably have more to do with the size of your wallet than the size of your trophy shelf. The five happiest countries in the world -- Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the Netherlands -- are all clustered in the same region, and all enjoy high levels of prosperity.

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