Happiest Countries in the World are Social Democracies

This brief article documents research done by the UN which tracks happiness in different countries using measurable criteria. What the top 10 countries have in common is that they are all social democracies – or close to it. This confirms other research we have seen which says that having money is a necessary, but not sufficient criteria for happiness: if you are poor, ascending to a middle class life will make you happy. But after that, the correlation disappears. Going from middle class to the upper classes does not correlate to happiness. This year Norway ranks first, but over the last 5 years most of the Scandinavian countries have been repeatedly in the top 5.

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About Barbara MacLean

Barbara MacLean has worked as an academic and career counselor at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB), Merritt and West Valley Colleges and as a career counselor and manager of the Oakland One Stop Career Center, a public career and jobs center in partnership with EDD. She is a co-founder and editor of Planning Beyond Capitalism.

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