Sustainable Solutions

Norway overtakes Denmark to be crowned world's 'happiest country'

Norway has unseated Denmark as happiest country in the world. The Scandinavian nation beat the three-time winner of the title, having previously been ranked fourth.

Denmark dropped to second place as Norway was named the winner for the first time since the United Nations launched the global initiative in 2012.

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The World Happiness Report 2017 ranked countries on six criteria measuring happiness: GDP per capita, life expectancy, freedom, generosity, social support and an absence of corruption in government or the business sector.

“Happy countries are the ones that have a healthy balance of prosperity, as conventionally measured, and social capital, meaning a high degree of trust in a society, low inequality and confidence in government,"Jeffrey Sachs, the director of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) that published the report, told Reuters.

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"What works in the Nordic countries is a sense of community and understanding in the common good,” Meik Wiking, chief executive of the Happiness Institute in Copenhagen, said.

Iceland, Switzerland and Finland were also ranked in the top five. The US was 14th on the list, while the UK came in 19th place. Sachs said the US had dropped one place due to rising inequality, distrust and corruption. He said that President Trump’s economic measures were “all aimed at increasing inequality – tax cuts at the top, throwing people off the healthcare rolls, cutting Meals on Wheels in order to raise military spending. I think everything that has been proposed goes in the wrong direction.”

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Syria, Yemen, Tanzania and Burundi are the least happy of the 155 countries listed in the fifth annual report by the SDSN.

The aim of the report is to provide governments with a tool to improve overall well-being in their country. “I want governments to measure this, discuss it, analyse it and understand when they have been off on the wrong direction,” Sachs said.

World Happiness Report 2017 rankings:

1. Norway
2. Denmark
3. Iceland
4. Switzerland
5. Finland
6. Netherlands
7. Canada
8. New Zealand
9. Australia
10. Sweden
11. Israel
12. Costa Rica
13. Austria
14. United States
15. Ireland
16. Germany
17. Belgium
18. Luxembourg
19. United Kingdom
20. Chile

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Related to the work discussion, I'm so sick of the Dems pushing for full employment/more job training instead of something like UBI. Is "full participation in wage slavery!" really the best they can come up with to energize people?

I never really understand the economics involved, but personally I really like the idea of UBI.  It seems like our best option for transitioning to the glorious Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism future.  (Or at least the future where I get to go camping while a robot does all my work.)

I guess the big concerns people have about UBI are:

1. It would require getting really, really serious about taxing rich people and corporations.  Which America always finds scary because we’re all apparently terrified that we’ll suddenly become billionaires and then get taxed so much we’re just megamillionaires.

2. It’ll create an underclass of people living off UBI at a mediocre standard of living, as opposed to our current underclass of people living off minimum wage at a mediocre standard of living.  (Though under UBI, they’ll actually have free time to study or work on creative projects or hell, just enjoy not doing minimum wage work.)

3. There will still be some unpleasant jobs that humans have to do, and now we won’t be able to motivate people with the threat of starvation, so we’ll have to pay well for those jobs or something.

4. It’s too, y’know, futurey.  It’ll change society!  We prefer society to change at total random and without guidance, so that way we can pretend it’s not our fault.

This is probably not giving anti-UBI arguments a fair shake.

But we really do have to deal with the fact that self-driving trucks are coming, self-serve retail is already partway here, and “we’ll just teach all those unemployed truck drivers to do software development” really isn’t a sustainable solution.  To me, UBI seems like the likeliest candidate for a way out.

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about me 

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  • AP Government NSL
  • Hon Spanish 4
  • Journalism

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We stand in solidarity with members of the medical community currently protected under the DACA program. As healthcare providers, we have the privilege of interacting with a diverse group of patients and colleagues, and we recognize the importance of a stable legal status on health, well-being, and access to opportunities. In light of current speculations that the DACA program will be terminated in the coming days, we are especially concerned with the future of DREAMers currently working to give back to their communities as medical professionals.

Across the United States, there are at least 65 medical students who will be kept from reaching their dreams of serving as physicians if DACA is discontinued [1]. Not only do these future physicians promise to help alleviate the physician shortage in the United States; they will be instrumental in serving diverse patient populations across the country. Medical school creates significant pressure for all students even without the threat of losing one’s legal status and career. In fact, research shows that burnout is reported among 49.6% of medical students nationally and 11.2% have had thoughts of suicide [2]. It follows that the added pressures of dealing with possible deportation would only increase these numbers. We strongly believe that students protected by DACA deserve the opportunity to live free from fear of being deported and stripped of their education.

In addition to maintaining the protection afforded by DACA, we support the bipartisan BRIDGE (Bar Removal of Individuals who Dream and Grow our Economy) Act as a means to provide stability to all 780,000 learners, workers, and dreamers who fall under DACA and enrich our country every day.

If our government under President Trump truly hopes to “Make America Great Again,” Congress must work toward a more sustainable solution to protect DACA students as they work to give back to their communities. Considerable resources have already been invested in developing the unique skill set of these individuals. Withdrawing support from the DREAMers is not only fiscally wasteful; it undermines the livelihoods of those who have grown up in this country and know it as their only home.

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