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With a similar size population to Scotland's here's a little more on Finland (*19 March 2022)

Finland named world’s happiest country for fifth year running

Experts say social support, honesty and generosity key to wellbeing, as Afghanistan and Lebanon struggle in global ranking

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Group of snowmobiles in Lapland, near Saariselka, Finland

‘Many things are undeniably good here,’ a local business owner said of Finland as it again topped the world happiness table.


Photograph: Delphotos/Alamy
Agence France-Presse in Helsinki
Sat 19 Mar 2022 02.41 GMT

Finland has been named the world’s happiest country for the fifth year in a row, in an annual UN-sponsored index that ranked Afghanistan as the unhappiest, closely followed by Lebanon.

The latest list was completed before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia recorded the biggest boosts in wellbeing. The largest falls in the world happiness table, released on Friday, came in Lebanon, Venezuela and Afghanistan.

Lebanon, which is facing economic meltdown, fell to second from last on the index of 146 countries, just below Zimbabwe.

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War-scarred Afghanistan, already bottom of the table last year, saw its humanitarian crisis deepen since the Taliban returned to power last August following the pull-out of US-led troops.

“This [index] presents a stark reminder of the material and immaterial damage that war does to its many victims,” co-author Jan-Emmanuel De Neve said.

The world happiness report, now in its 10th year, is based on people’s own assessment of their happiness, as well as economic and social data. It assigns a happiness score on a scale of zero to 10, based on an average of data over three years.

Northern Europeans once again dominated the top spots – with the Danes second to the Finns, followed by the Icelandic, the Swiss and the Dutch.

The US rose three places to 16th, one ahead of Britain. France climbed to 20th, its highest ranking yet.

As well as a personal sense of wellbeing, based on Gallup polls in each country, the happiness score takes account of GDP, social support, personal freedom and levels of corruption.

This year the authors also used data from social media to compare people’s emotions before and after the Covid-19 pandemic. They found “strong increases in anxiety and sadness” in 18 countries but a fall in feelings of anger.

“The lesson of the world happiness report over the years is that social support, generosity to one another and honesty in government are crucial for wellbeing,” report co-author Jeffrey Sachs wrote. “World leaders should take heed.”

On Helsinki’s market square on Friday, next to the still frozen Baltic Sea, Jukka Viitasaari said he was not surprised that Finns describe themselves as happy.
“Many things are undeniably good here – beautiful nature, we’re well governed, lots of things are in order,” the business owner said.

The country of vast forests and lakes is also known for its well-functioning public services, ubiquitous saunas, widespread trust in authority and low levels of crime and inequality.

Nonetheless, the report raised some eyebrows when it first placed Finland at the top of its listings in 2018. Many of the Nordic country’s 5.5 million people describe themselves as taciturn and prone to melancholy, and admit to eyeing public displays of joyfulness with suspicion.

“Someone from outside needed to tell us that we had it good compared to lots of other places,” Viitasaari said. “But after five years of coming top [of the rankings], we’re getting used to it!”

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Finland named world’s happiest country for fifth year running

Experts say social support, honesty and generosity key to wellbeing, as Afghanistan and Lebanon struggle in global ranking
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See 2022 Lebanon nightlifehttps://www.lebtivity.com/e/2022/3/nightlife
 
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With a similar size population to Scotland's here's a little more on Finland (*19 March 2022)

Finland named world’s happiest country for fifth year running

Experts say social support, honesty and generosity key to wellbeing, as Afghanistan and Lebanon struggle in global ranking

1652651419070.png

Group of snowmobiles in Lapland, near Saariselka, Finland

‘Many things are undeniably good here,’ a local business owner said of Finland as it again topped the world happiness table.


Photograph: Delphotos/Alamy
Agence France-Presse in Helsinki
Sat 19 Mar 2022 02.41 GMT

Finland has been named the world’s happiest country for the fifth year in a row, in an annual UN-sponsored index that ranked Afghanistan as the unhappiest, closely followed by Lebanon.

The latest list was completed before the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia recorded the biggest boosts in wellbeing. The largest falls in the world happiness table, released on Friday, came in Lebanon, Venezuela and Afghanistan.

Lebanon, which is facing economic meltdown, fell to second from last on the index of 146 countries, just below Zimbabwe.

Business people talking on staircase in office
‘Commercial no-brainer’: why the role of happiness officer is taking off
Read more
War-scarred Afghanistan, already bottom of the table last year, saw its humanitarian crisis deepen since the Taliban returned to power last August following the pull-out of US-led troops.

“This [index] presents a stark reminder of the material and immaterial damage that war does to its many victims,” co-author Jan-Emmanuel De Neve said.

The world happiness report, now in its 10th year, is based on people’s own assessment of their happiness, as well as economic and social data. It assigns a happiness score on a scale of zero to 10, based on an average of data over three years.

Northern Europeans once again dominated the top spots – with the Danes second to the Finns, followed by the Icelandic, the Swiss and the Dutch.

The US rose three places to 16th, one ahead of Britain. France climbed to 20th, its highest ranking yet.

As well as a personal sense of wellbeing, based on Gallup polls in each country, the happiness score takes account of GDP, social support, personal freedom and levels of corruption.

This year the authors also used data from social media to compare people’s emotions before and after the Covid-19 pandemic. They found “strong increases in anxiety and sadness” in 18 countries but a fall in feelings of anger.

“The lesson of the world happiness report over the years is that social support, generosity to one another and honesty in government are crucial for wellbeing,” report co-author Jeffrey Sachs wrote. “World leaders should take heed.”

On Helsinki’s market square on Friday, next to the still frozen Baltic Sea, Jukka Viitasaari said he was not surprised that Finns describe themselves as happy.
“Many things are undeniably good here – beautiful nature, we’re well governed, lots of things are in order,” the business owner said.

The country of vast forests and lakes is also known for its well-functioning public services, ubiquitous saunas, widespread trust in authority and low levels of crime and inequality.

Nonetheless, the report raised some eyebrows when it first placed Finland at the top of its listings in 2018. Many of the Nordic country’s 5.5 million people describe themselves as taciturn and prone to melancholy, and admit to eyeing public displays of joyfulness with suspicion.

“Someone from outside needed to tell us that we had it good compared to lots of other places,” Viitasaari said. “But after five years of coming top [of the rankings], we’re getting used to it!”

www.theguardian.com

Finland named world’s happiest country for fifth year running

Experts say social support, honesty and generosity key to wellbeing, as Afghanistan and Lebanon struggle in global ranking
www.theguardian.com
www.theguardian.com
The Guardian and Blonde suicidal Scandinavian men?--In their element.
I well remember when HMS Implacable and others visited those parts with Admiral Vian retracing his wartime exploits.
The poor Middy in charge of the liberty boat in Trondheim pleading with the liberty men to stop holding hands with the blonde gentlemen on the quay they had just ripped off.
They didn't --and, as he pulled away, the sea was awash with fair haired woofters.
 

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The Guardian and Blonde suicidal Scandinavian men?--In their element.
I well remember when HMS Implacable and others visited those parts with Admiral Vian retracing his wartime exploits.
The poor Middy in charge of the liberty boat in Trondheim pleading with the liberty men to stop holding hands with the blonde gentlemen on the quay they had just ripped off.
They didn't --and, as he pulled away, the sea was awash with fair haired woofters.
Trondheim is in Norway, not Finland..just saying ;)
 
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Thinking of nuclear warfare as we do-Another interesting bit on Britain's chicanery prompting one to get their orders in for a fall-out shelter.
abrats.international/post/operation-mosaic-just-how-safe?utm_source=so&cid=f7441333-db68-4184-bd17-bf467a5fd02a&utm_content=8
 

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Absolutely childishly bleedin rib-tickling!!. Is this the sort of intelligent response we can expect from one of our not terribly worldly obersturmfuehrers?

Yes it is.

Serious hat on - do you really, I mean, REALLY, think that Vlad is going to start hurling about the instant sunshine? On what justification? "Just because I can"?

NATO has been scrupulous in not giving the Russians a direct cause to retaliate against - so any attack will be an Article 5 attack. And he knows it.
 

Dredd

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As for them being encircled by NATO (which is patently untrue) they have done a great job in adding some of the border length as being NATO-member which until recently had not contemplated it and even seemed disinclined to get involved. If that was part of the plan then it is hard to see how that was a benefit to Russia and if it wasn't then more fool them. It simply confirms that NATO is a defensive pact in that others seek to join it for the collective security.
 

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If Vlad decides to release some instant sunshine he must realise that his, his people and more importantly his generals will have feck all to spend their cash on and feck all places to go.
Vlad may be stupid enough to do this but are his generals stupid enough to allow him?
 
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Yes it is.

Serious hat on - do you really, I mean, REALLY, think that Vlad is going to start hurling about the instant sunshine? On what justification? "Just because I can"?

NATO has been scrupulous in not giving the Russians a direct cause to retaliate against - so any attack will be an Article 5 attack. And he knows it.
My serious hat on as one of the few who has been subjected to ionizing radiation and survived. I was in a privileged class well protected by the standards of the day compared to others who are long dead.
Rats in a corner go for ones throat.
Russia will feel cornered by the "Free Capitalist World" and go for the jugular. If this charade continues The lion will roar and we will need our ionizing Radiation shelters. We're aware it didn't exist during British Nuclear Tests--Ionizing Radiation-Absolute piffle. They were fooling themselves and attempting to fool us--But they didn't- as they are now discovering. In any event without ionizing radiation the sheer blast will knock us off our feet.
It is a serious business with dreadful aftermath.
 

Dredd

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I agree that there is a distinct lack of end-game for Russia and specifically Putin as it becomes clear the war is not going as they thought, but I am not losing sleep at night thinking he is going to launch a pre-emptive strike on the UK at any time in the near to medium term future. There is no feasible scenario in which that takes place.
 

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