Why Finland And Denmark Are Happier Than The U.S.

Why Finland And Denmark Are Happier Than The U.S.

What makes me happy is… I think I was definitely born
happy, and then life happens. I’m getting a
bit emotional here. I feel very happy. Very happy. I’m happier now than
when I lived in New York and I got paid probably twice as
much in New York as I do here. Our happiness is kind
of like quiet happiness, kind of a stillness. What does
it take to be happy? The Nordic countries seem to
have it all figured out. Finland and Denmark have
consistently topped the United Nations’ most prestigious index,
the World Happiness Report, in all six
areas of life satisfaction. How have they
cracked the formula? And, are the people they
are really the happiest? The United Nations just named
the happiest place on Earth. It is not Disneyworld. It’s Finland. In 2019, the
World Happiness Report named Finland the happiest country in
the world for the second year in a row. Denmark came
in second place after claiming the top slot in 2013 and 2016. Year after year, Nordic countries
like Norway, Iceland and Sweden round out the
top of the list. Enter Jeffrey Sachs, a professor
at Columbia and the co-editor of the
World Happiness Report. What do those countries have? They have a high level of
prosperity, to be sure, but they’re not the richest countries
in the world by any means. The idea is a
good balance of life. You don’t have to get super
rich to be happy, they believe. In fact, if someone’s super
rich, they, look, what’s wrong with that person? So they’re
not societies that are aiming for all of the effort
and time to becoming gazillionaires. They’re looking for a good balance
of life and the results are extremely positive. The annual happiness ranking began
in 2012, but we can trace measuring happiness
back to 1971. It came in the inspiration of
the country of Bhutan, a country in the Himalayas that
many people know for its innovation of attempting to
measure gross national happiness. Globally, a standard
for measuring success and productivity is gross
national product. Bhutan had the bright idea
of trying to measure happiness. Measuring happiness is a
fairly complicated business. First of all, we need
to understand what happiness means. It means the satisfaction with the
way one’s life is going. It’s not primarily a measure
of whether one laughed or smiled yesterday, but how one
feels about the course of one’s life. Meet Meik Wiking,
happiness researcher and CEO of the Happiness Research
Institute in Denmark. There is a lot of
factors that impact happiness, everything from biology to income levels to
the city they live in. But I think the best predictor
we see in the data of whether people are happy or
not is whether they’re satisfied or happy
with their relationships. So, do we have somebody we can
rely on in times of need? Do we have somebody we can
share our hopes and worries with? These six categories help
account for the differences in life satisfaction
around the world. GDP per capita, healthy life
expectancy, freedom to make life choices, social support,
generosity, and absence of corruption. On average, richer
countries are happier. On average, richer
people are happier. But, once we get to a
certain level of income, an additional $100 a month is not
going to impact how people feel about their lives. So,
with money, like with everything else, we see
diminishing marginal return. And I don’t know why I’m
bringing up this quote, because it’s extremely corny, but there is
a Kanye West song in which he says that, “Having
money is not everything. Not having it is.” And I do
think that’s true in the sense that when you don’t have it,
it’s all you worry about. And when you do have money,
you can actually worry about other stuff. Happiness also seems
like this elusive thing. We have two words
for happiness in Danish. So we have “lykke,” which
is the elusive thing. The thing you experience
once every blue moon. And then we have to be “glad,”
like the word glad, which is different because it’s more down to
Earth and you can be glad despite the fact that
it’s not anything special, it’s no special day. Lykke seems like this elusive
thing that you can’t quite chase. To be glad is
more like our mindset. So I feel more like I choose
to be glad at times rather than sort of trying to
chase happiness because that seems like it’s never going
to happen that way. Maria lives in Helsinki with
her husband, Duke, and her 2-year-old son, Luka. Woah! Wow! Ah, hi! Yeah! There
it is. There it is, you little monster. Finland is the best
place to have kids. When you go give
birth, it’s almost free. We stayed in the hospital three
full days as a family. We had our own family room
and we got like meals and support and help
and everything. And the bill was about
€300 in the end. It’s basically like living
in a hotel. In Finland, new mothers receive
a free baby box jam-packed with 63 items to help
with the baby’s first year. You don’t have to buy anything
for the first two, three months. Of course, diapers and
stuff like that, but basically. And also, you can
actually put your baby to sleep in that box. Our baby actually, Luka slept in
the box for the first month. Finland, along with
the other Nordic countries, offers generous
parental leave. Anu Partanen, author of “The
Nordic Theory of Everything,” spent 10 years as a
journalist in the U.S. before returning to her
home country, Finland. She’s also a mother. In Finland,
you get 10 months of paid parental leave, out of which about
four months is set aside for the mother and you start it
before the baby is born and then father can
keep nine weeks. Typically, both parents stay home
for the first three weeks. They share the rest of
the time until the baby is nine months old. A parent can even stay home until
the child is 3 years old and keep his or her job. However, the stipend
is much smaller. Another determinant of well-being
is one’s sense of personal freedom to make
important life choices. Can you shape your life
the way you want? Christina was unhappy at her job
in advertising and took an eight-month break. Social security
is also something I think is very important. What I did didn’t make me happy
and it didn’t let me have that work-life balance that we
cherish so much here. And so we have a system that
made it possible for me to quit my job and have some
thinking time and figure out, you know, what’s my next
step in life. Christina received about $2,000 a
month from the Danish government while she
was unemployed. She is now in school
to become a painter. Her tuition is covered and
she receives an educational stipend of about
$1,000 a month. Two of the biggest perks of
life in Denmark and Finland are free education and
free health care. Income taxes are not at all
as high in the Nordic countries that Americans tend to think. However, overall, it is completely
true that the Nordic countries collect more taxes in
general than the United States does. In Finland and
the Nordic countries, there are higher taxes on consumption, like
eating in restaurants and buying jeans. But the thing that
I think a lot of Americans forget is that the Nordic people
are happy to pay those taxes because they get
services in return. Day care, great
public education. It includes your
college tuition, free. It includes healthcare, all of
those are included in your taxes. When the news hit
that Finland is the happiest country in the world, I think
most people kind of reacted to it, like, what
are they talking about? We don’t think of ourselves as
very happy because it’s dark and gloomy in the
winter and whatever. It’s easier for Finns and
Danes to shape their lives because the government supports so
many of their basic needs. The American dream is
probably more alive in Denmark. The perception of freedom
is probably also a little bit different. It seems
like in the U.S. the feeling is you have to
be protected from the government and you have to have
freedom from the government. I think in Denmark the
sense is that the government protects you. People
trust other people. You leave a bag in a
restaurant in Finland, you’re pretty sure you’re going to make it
back and the money is still there. People even leave babies
parked in strollers outside coffee shops while
they run errands. And I think partly the
Nordic society cultivates that trust simply by providing basic
services for everyone. So there’s much less poverty,
much less feeling of injustice, inequality, crime. People get the
education they need. They can have a
job. They can work. They don’t have to struggle
in life as much. There isn’t super wealth and
there’s absolutely no super poverty. Everybody
participates. It turns out it leads to a
wonderful kind of life and one that is expressed, year after
year, as making these countries the happiest countries
in the world. Monica and Alex are expats
who live in Copenhagen with their two teenagers. Alex is originally from the
UK and Monica is originally from New York. What else do you need? The olive oil, and
then the balsamic vinegar. Where’s the bowl? We originally
came here expecting to stay only three years, but it was
so good, we’ve been here nine now. It’s also safe. And this comes back to
the community and the trust. We can let our kids go out and
we do not have to sit here being really worried that, are
they going to come back? Are they safe
where they’re going? Do we have to go pick them up? You still worry, of course,
but it’s just very different. There’s still this very strong
sense of family, friends, community. Balance is the
formula for happiness. Aristotle had it right when
he launched the study of happiness 2,300 years ago. According to Aristotle’s Golden
Mean, good behavior lies between two vices,
excess and deficiency. People who pursue only money and
say, “I’ll be happier the richer I am,” turn out
to be less happy. I do think having nice surroundings
is a part of happiness. But I also think it needs
to be linked with something that sort of resonates with you
on a deeper level. Having nice surroundings and having
a lot of money and being in a five-star hotel in
Las Vegas doesn’t make you happy at all. So I think
it needs to have that balance. Cue the classic
Nordic work-life balance. Rich Perusi, former New Yorker,
has been living in Copenhagen for seven years. People stay pretty tight to
a 9 to 5 workday. But I do think that we get
as much done in a short period of time here as we were
doing in longer times working in New York. One of the comments
we actually heard when we first came here was a Dane
saying, when she saw someone working late, “Are they doing
it because they can’t get their work done? Is there
something wrong with them?” Versus, “Are they just trying
to get ahead in working?” There is a sense that, yes,
work’s important and you need to get your work done to a
high quality, but you also need to make sure
it’s balanced appropriately. Saara Alhopuro is a diplomat
who has shaped her work schedule to make time
for her passion. So, I actually need to go
to my physical workplace only three days a week. So then the rest of the time
I can spend here in the middle of nature. When I walk in
the forest, I walk there very quietly, paying attention to all
the small details and all the colors. Very slowly, and I
try to spot all the small, small details. And I completely
lose the track of time. Usually, I spend about five
to six hours picking mushrooms. People don’t make as much money
in the Nordic countries as they do in the U.S. So, it’s not really about
how much you make. You don’t have to make as much
to get the same quality of life as you would
in the United States. So, if we look at
the dimension called life satisfaction, we can see that that money
does matter for well-being and happiness. But I mean, on
average, richer countries are happier. On average, richer
people are happier. But, the mechanism here is being
without money is a cause of unhappiness. Not everyone likes
to talk about money either. In Finland, it’s been this
kind of rule that you don’t talk about money that much,
at least like my parents basically wouldn’t tell me how
much they made, for example, if I would ask as a kid. It would be considered bragging if
you would tell about how much you make, etc. People
are happier when they are generous and when they feel
that the society that they’re in is a generous society. And then we find people want
to live in places with decent government. If government is
corrupt, if leaders are bizarre or autocratic or corrupt,
the society is unhappy. In 2019, Finland elected
the world’s youngest-serving prime minister, 34 year
old Sanna Marin. Danes are among the happiest
people in the world, but they’re not necessarily
the friendliest. Lars AP, author of “F***ing
Flink” and founder of the movement of the same name,
wants to change that. So F***ing Flink is
a national movement. Our prime goal is to take
Danes that are among the happiest people in the world, but
also being the friendliest people in the world. Why
are we doing this? Well, because friendliness and
positive human interaction means so much to us.
Science shows us that. And so we’re trying to do
that in all sectors, in all realms that we can think of. Finland and Denmark both have
populations of less than 6 million people. The U.S. has over 330 million people. The Nordic countries are
pretty homogeneous, too. Do population size and
diversity affect happiness? A lot of countries
with relatively homogeneous populations, similarities among people ethnically
or in terms of religion and so on,
are not very happy. So it’s no guarantee. And on the other hand, it’s
possible to have a lot of diversity and more happiness. Our northern neighbor in the
United States, Canada, ranks higher. Yeah, I think Finland is
probably one of the most homogenous countries
in Europe. Still, we have recently had
quite a lot of immigration. But I would say that
still it is fairly homogenous. I think it’s funny because I
kind of always, I guess, assumed that Danish society
was kind of diverse. But then we went to see
Dave Chappelle’s show here in Copenhagen and both him and the guy
who he had with him as support kind of opened their
show saying, “Denmark is so white.” And I never really
thought about that before. But then, ever since that show,
I just think about it all the time. We’ve been having
immigration for hundreds of years from all over Europe. I mean, in the 70s, we had
a lot of people from Turkey coming up, from from Vietnam. And we had people from
Yugoslavia in the 90s. And Denmark has remained
happy throughout that period. The 2018 World Happiness
Report explores happiness among natives and immigrants. It shows that when immigrants
are happy, the countries are, too. But if the country
is already happy, new immigrants will experience
increased happiness. It shouldn’t undermine happiness
in the Nordic countries that there are influx
of people born abroad. There’s also a dark
side to happiness. Like in Denmark, one of the
biggest epidemics right now is stress and people being sick
with stress and having to leave their jobs. And people outside of Denmark
didn’t really understand what that meant, like, “What do
you mean stress leave?” But it might be that
expectation to have a work-life balance here that
stresses people out. That you both have to work, but
you also have to take care of your family. You also have
to be social with your friends. You also have to,
you know, do this self-realization thing, hobbies
and traveling. And there’s so much you have to
do in the same amount of hours, whereas maybe in New York
or other places, you know that you’re going to work to
10 every day so you don’t expect to have the
same balance, you know? It can be hard for outsiders
to break into the Nordic cultures. The Danes have such
tight-knit friend and family groups. It’s not very natural
for them to just include people, new people
into their groups. It is a little harder to come
in from the outside to sort of become part of that group. We’ve had some great Danish friends,
some met at work, but it is harder, I think, from
that on that side, compared to the UK and the U.S.
in terms of developing friendships. There can be serious side
effects to maintaining high levels of happiness. Within the states, if you look
at the level of life satisfaction, the higher the
life satisfaction actually also the slightly higher the
level of suicide rates. And the theory here is that
it might be more difficult to be unhappy in an otherwise
happy society because it creates a stronger contrast to how you
are feeling if you are surrounded by very
happy people. So Denmark actually used to
have really high suicide rates. So in 1980, we had suicide
rates of around 40 per 100,000, which was I think some of
the highest in the world. Now, fortunately, it’s around 25%
of that, so it’s around 10 per 100,000. South Korea and Lithuania have
some of the highest suicide rates in the OECD as of 2017. So fortunately, suicide rates have
been reduced a lot in Denmark. And also in Finland,
there’s also been a great reduction over the
past two decades. But still, it’s not zero. So we still need to
reduce that even further. Despite mental health challenges, a
big part of Finnish culture focuses on
overall well-being. Sauna is a sacred
thing for Finns. I have like so many good
memories about having these sauna moments with my family. Sauna is something that I suppose
you kind of have to like and love as a Finn. As of 2018, there were 5.5 million people living in
Finland and around 2.3 million saunas. My grandmother always used to tell
us kids that we can’t fight in the sauna because then
we would risk angering the sauna elf. And there’s even even
a sauna in the government of Finland, where they say that
they make some of the most important political compromises
because you’re culturally not allowed to fight
in the sauna. Danes have mastered the art
of comfort and coziness through hygge. I think the best short
definition of what hygge is the art of creating
a nice atmosphere. And of course, that is
something that happens everywhere. But what is uniquely Danish is
we have a word that describes that situation. You can curl up in a couch
and read a good book and have good music on and just be
in a hyggekrog, it actually means a hygge corner of your room. There’s a social component to hygge
which I think is really important. Hygge seeps everywhere
throughout the country, from cozy drinks
to warm lighting. So one concrete manifestation of
hygge is the focus on lighting. The rule of thumb is
the warmer, the light, the more hyggelig the lights. So Danes love candles. So how does hygge
contribute to happiness? So happiness is both having a
strong sense of purpose in life. It’s also experiencing moments
of pleasure on a daily basis. It’s also feeling
satisfied with life overall. So, hygge, is this element in
our daily lives where we experience comfort and pleasure
and togetherness and hopefully over time that accumulates
also to a higher sense of life satisfaction. Another way Denmark and
Finland support their citizens? Paid annual vacation. So in all Nordic countries, everybody
has a right to paid annual vacation. It varies a
little by country, but in Finland, for example, it’s typically,
after you work one year for the same employer, it’s
four weeks in the summer and one week in the
winter and everybody gets this. I actually heard a statistic. It’s something like, when Americans
go home after work October 27, you guys have worked
as much as Danes will work for the entire year. But I actually think that taking
a little more time off also makes you a
lot more productive. In Finland, it’s traditional to
spend the summer in a summer cottage or mökki. We did have a summer house
was when I was little. It was something that my
grandfather built himself during the 60s I think. And we used to go ther like
all the time when I was small. A week doesn’t go past during
the summer when I’m not thinking like, “Oh, I wish
we still had it.” Traditionally, the mökkis
wouldn’t have necessarily electricity or running water. And usually, most mökkis come with
a lake or the Baltic Sea. You can go to your sauna
and have a dip in the water. So in a Nordic country,
the vacation time also serves families that if the parents
stagger their vacations a bit, they can handle much easier
the summer vacations for their children. And of course, then
the family can spend time together. Maybe Finnish happiness is
more like inside, you know. It’s like inner peace,
or something like that. It’s not so open. It’s like balance. It’s more balanced, I think. So, ready! Ultimately, happiness
is relative. If you think you are having
more sex than your neighbor, then you’re happier. We
are social beings. We compare ourselves
to each other. So there are social comparisons in
salary in terms of the houses and how successful we believe
we are, but also in terms of sex. So what’s one
small way we can be happier today? For me, something that I’ve
done which has made me happier is exercise. I think the saying no, or being
a tiny bit more selfish can make you happy. One step to
improve your sense of happiness is go first. You’re walking down the street,
someone else comes walking towards you. It might
be just a smile. It might be just looking the
other person in the eye, whatever it is. But go first
with that, because you can’t expect that the other person
is gonna do it. Don’t be reactive, go first. In Denmark, we sometimes talk
about the ABC for mental health. If you want to boost
your mood, three sort of universal tips is doing
something active, doing something together with other people
and doing something meaningful. So, gather a group of
friends, go for a walk. That could be something that
could boost your mood. Predicting the future on
this is very difficult, unfortunately. Where will
the U.S. be? It could be
even worse than now. It could be much
better than now. It’s a matter of actually
making choices for a better direction for the country and one
that is not guided by fear and hate, but one that
is guided by a sense of community and the common good.

100 thoughts on “Why Finland And Denmark Are Happier Than The U.S.

  • It's easy for 3rd world countries like Denmark to be happy when your national security and borders are funded by American taxpayers, without them 3rd world Denmark would be wiped out in seconds.

  • The Nordic countries are happy because they have a babysitter/ government in theirs lives. Just like a little children happy in the childcare center .

  • I once had a discussion with a deeply conservative family member who constantly made grand and sweeping statements that government is lousy and incapable of handling anything. He did this because as a person who had a PhD in Business, he was utterly against any kind of regulations whatsoever, particularly when it came down to business and personal issues.

    One evening during a particularly heated discussion I stopped him in his tracks by pointing out that there are many western industrialized countries that in fact do succeed at the very things he was declaring should not be the province of government. I also stated that in his generalizations he neglected to realize that it isn't "government" in and of itself that cannot handle such things, but OUR government that couldn't do it. And that it was largely because of our insistence on believing the lies they tell us that agree with our persistent selfish biases and then electing and re-electing them into office. With that his eyes opened, and he had to change the words he used from then on in. He could no longer state GOVERNMENT was the problem, but OUR GOVERNMENT that was the problem.

    And in those moments when he forgot, I kindly reminded him.

  • There's a factual error in the narration of the video. Finland didn't elect the World's youngest female PM.

    She, current PM Marin, became PM, because the cabinet was reshuffled due to the original cabinet resigning. The party composition remained the same as after the general election of spring 2019, but the PM was changed as PM Rinne left the cabinet. The cabinet resigned due to mistrust in the PM and Marin became PM in that debacle. So no, she wasn't elected. She was reshuffled.

  • This is for those who may think that the U.S.A. is a liberal country for some reason.

    As an American I Can Assure You That America is Anything But a Liberal Society.

    During the past fifty years the scale used to determine which side of the political spectrum a party falls on has shifted slowly but greatly. What today is considered moderate, would have been considered quite conservative half a century ago. In reality our society has already entered into the dangerous territory of a fascist one. This is not hyperbole mind you for our government has already demonstrated many of the qualities and approaches similar to that of Mussolini during the Great War. Unfortunately, it is something that has slowly been occurring over many years and has increased during the last two decades with 9/11 having been used as the impetus.

    Too many Americans are not aware of this, nor are they concerned. For those that are, they just do not have the power structure in place to combat it effectively. The conservative party has systematically over the past three decades slowly stacked the courts, deregulated and de-funded important and necessary regulatory agencies, and most importantly convinced too many people that they have their best interest at heart.

    Our conservative party is largely backed by very very wealthy individuals, families, corporations, and organizations. This is no secret, and yet they have convinced the middle class, the working poor, and largely the less educated, that they alone have their best interest and that of the nations at heart. They've effectively used the media after having the "Fairness Doctrine", done away with in the 1980s with the aid of our then president Ronald Reagan. It was then that they were able to slowly change AM radio into a bastion of conservative only talk show hosts. The conservative wealthy were then able purchase and concentrate their holdings of media outlets though out the country with little to no regulation. In time, the concentration of conservative media grew and so too did the vitriol of those media personalities that were part of it. Then with the creation of Fox News Corp in the early 1990s, the die was cast and the cornerstone of their media empire complete.

    So no, the United States is anything but liberal. And what is even more disturbing is just how effectively the conservative right has used Orwellian Double-Speak. The American conservative population is convinced without a doubt that the media is utterly and completely liberal and largely because the conservative media tells them this is so. Conservative voters now believe that because they hold an opinion, that having an opinion alone makes that opinion justifiable and valid. The reality is that having an opinion does NOT make it a valid and justified one. It is only an opinion, and unless it is statistically or empirically backed up by fact then it simply remains an opinion — albeit a false one.

    No, America is not a liberal society. It has a long history and at least three generations of Cold-War ideology behind it. That too has had a major part to play in this as it has instilled an instinctual and knee-jerk reaction against anything with the word, "social", or, "commune" in it. So much so, that too many under-educated and low-information people do not fully understand what socialism and communism really are. Many of them confuse them with fascism and it isn't unusual to see all three "ism's" used to denigrate anyone they consider liberal. They don't often understand that other factors come into play that make a government a bad one. Totalitarianism, Authoritarianism, Oligarchy, Aristocracy, Plutocracy are all somewhat hazy concepts for them. These issues as well as confusing Capitalism with Democracy to such a degree that they become synonymous makes it difficult to even discuss politics effectively. Most American's do not realize that America is a Democratic Republic and not a Democracy at all.

    These things alone are not the only issue, as it is more complicated than that. But I hope you do understand now.

  • These people are crazy! You see them locking up their bikes, but leave there babies in the baby carriages outside in unattended! That's a smorgasbord for a pedophile!

  • When Bernie Sanders is talking about democratic socialism, bad people will be criticizing him. Sanders has been consistent in his call for a more human American community but criminals who worship obscene profits sabotage good life. Despite the fact that US govt pumps trillions of tax dollars into education (colleges) and healthcare, Americans still become pay heavily more than any country in the world for education and healthcare. Some pay student loans for life and many go bankrupt after one major health challenge. But a few individuals behind the corporations become extremely rich from your misery. And they fight with all deadly means to keep the system that way. Congress help corporations with loopholes after collecting donations.
    Govt collects taxes from working people, it uses the tax to fund corporations in the name of subsidies, while corporations are exempted from most taxes, yet goods and services in America are some of the most expensive in the world.

  • Sincerely I've met lots of Scandinavian college students in the US. I also met lots of Scandinavian professionals working in the US. I never met one that wanted to go back to their country. They all wanted to live in the US if they could. Many told me that they don't feel people are really happy in their country. They are organized and have other good qualities but comparing with the US many people find Scandinavia boring, cold, and people drink too much. I really don't believe in the methodology they use to get to those conclusions. If you think Scandinavians are happier you probably have never been to Florida. Everything in life is a question of comparing. Ask Scandinavians that have been in the US and you will get a different result.

  • I'd be interested to learn about their mental health – such as people with cognitive disabilities or additions. what sort of services do these countries provide?

  • The "happiest" place on earth ironically has the highest use of mood enhancing drugs.

    Happiness is subjective. Americans are taught to be unhappy and entitled.

  • Lol oh right leave your baby outside maybe back in the 50's this could never be the life in USA or UK or Canada. Too many people do not respect others or value life. This is a sheltered film not real

  • Wow. They say money doesn't make you happy on this video and then proceed to talk all of the financial freedom they have. Most people can't just take 8 months off work to figure things out lol. They're help because they don't have to worry about money. This video fails to relay that message.

  • Happiness is two things which the video does not directly address. #1 Happiness is the number and significance of family and friends. The more family and friends you have, and your relationships don't have to be ideal. #2 Happiness is being of service to others.

  • Americans are brainwashed to think happiness is achieved through consumption and possession, as long as we think that we are chasing our tales.

  • I wonder how is immigration (racially mixed) viewed/handled in Denmark and Finland…Any Dane or Finnish that can elaborate, please?

  • Most obvious reason why men in Finland are happy is the fact that their rate of Male Circumcision is lowest in the World…close to >ZERO.
    More than FIFTY scientific studies have found circumcision is psychologically harmful to babies, but NOT ONE has shown that it benefits the boy's psyche. This mental connection is recognized as infant analogue of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It is Neurologically recorded by the Brain thus remembered by the Body of the victim, for entire life.
    Consequence from experiencing major shock & panic as result of excruciating Pain to his most sensitive body part and sheer brutality of such attack at the most tender age >Permanently damages infant brain at that moment "rewiring" it for violence. Anger for Revenge from harm is native to all living species.

    Outrageous gun violence of indiscriminate shooting & killing expressed against society that allowed this to happen, when ROUTINE infant circumcision of male babies was just few years ago at its peak >99% is clear evidence why mass shooting in America is now happening at alarming rate >every single week as reported in the news and NOBODY is able to stop it. Reason isn't gun ownership, but Mental outrage.
    Physiological consequence here is, that 75% of circumcised men become impotent by the age of 40.
    Biggest consumers of Viagra in the world are USA and Israel.

    Authorities in their incompetence would never connect the Two in a country where circumcision is viewed as "normal" because they are themselves its victims and they don't want others to escape the same fate. US health "industry" still claims it has benefits in spite of majority of world countries expressing the exact opposite.

    Pharma prefers making male babies innocent patients > mutilees for life when their profits from foreskin business reach Multi-Millions, used for bribing politicians in government to keep it going. Each year there are over 1.250.000 male babies in USA prevented of growing Free and Happy being sexually mutilated many left alone to deal with serious mental Trauma.

    Finland thus serves as an important example to the World by protecting their men, keeping their health and happiness. CONGRATULATION !

  • How ironic that Jeffrey Sachs was actually responsible for making Polish government in the mid-1990s abandon the model of welfare state and embrace the free market economy in the extreme form. He was the tutor and mentor of Leszek Balcerowicz, who directed the economic transformation at the time.

  • Happier? The suicidal rate seems to indicate otherwise. Depression is everywhere too. And the bureaucracy, not any better than any other places in the world. In fact, much worse, as no one believes in you if you become a victim because if you are not happy in a wonderland, it must be your problem, right?

  • In that case I don’t want to be happy, being satisfied won’t move you forward wanting more is what moves countries forward.

  • Finland was forced to let Muslims come in. Finland was forced to allow people of color to come in. The EU gave them an ultimatum, allow people from third world Nations to come or we cut you off economically from trade with the world markets. In other words a boycott of finished goods. 86% of the people are still Nordic in Finland, however there's a Tipping Point where foreigners come in and a country is no longer happy. Because when other people from other religions that are not Christian, and other people of different races come to your country they want to change it. And when that happens the country is no longer the same.

  • 18:59, the expert says “it might be more difficult to be unhappy in an otherwise happy society” . Here I’m wondering if it’s a mistake? The logic here just doesn’t make sense. I think it should be “ …more difficult to be happy” . English is not my mother tongue, so I really hope someone can help me with this. THX!

  • Sweden has dropped from the list because of mass migration. Diversity creates conflict, less trust, and more violence/crime. This is a big reason why Americans are not happy.

  • I do not live in America or Finland.
    Before I was unhappy because I was worried about other people all the times.
    I am now happier because I have been trying to take care of myself and be at the present time.

  • America is an army with a country, not the other way around. There is no clearer example to Americans that we, average Americans, are not the priority of our government.

  • Part of this is culture, my mom is 100% Finn and my dad 100% French, massive difference in the cultures, the Finnish culture is one of graditude and and keep your feeling more to yourself and no to complain, and we'll everyone knows how miserable the French are lol. Definitely need to take culture into account.

  • If y’all think US. Is gonna be happier with free healthcare and free school, and parental leave….guess again. With republicans in the picture, we are going to be more divided

  • In America, if they gave new parents that baby box upon birth the hospital would be like “oh sorry, that box isn’t in-network, here’s a bill for $5495.78.”

  • the u.s. is happier than the nordic countries this is made to support socialism
    which is risky because it gives leaders at the top too much power than go wrong fast for the rest of the people in a country

  • There’s one REAL reason they are happier. It is not popular there to be hyper class conscious. Children in 1st grade, in the U.S., are known to make fun of other children who’s clothing brands are not either the latest celebrity looking or high end branded. Parents often perpetuate this ignorant mind set. Class conscious garbage and self centered snobbery is destructive to a country’s society…..period. It’s also all a big joke and a lie to keep the majority out of having any say about how the government works. Does our U.S. government really care about the citizens who work hard for a living? The only lazy “welfare Queens” in America are the 1%.

  • I don’t blame them for being a bit closed off to newcomers since they probably know they have a good life and don’t want that to change.

  • 13:06
    The thing is these numbers are not purchasing power adjusted. If you would adjust them (such as in World Bank's) 'GDP per capita, PPP', you'd see that the real difference in ho much you can afford between the US and Nordic countries is minimal. And Nordic countries have a much lower level of inequality (Gini), which means if you would subtract the top 3 or 5% of the richest people (who are more often 'just' rich in Nordic countries compared to ultra rich in the US) from the ''GDP per capita, PPP' data, you would find that now what the average member of the rest of the society can afford is equal or perhaps higher in the Nordic countries. Perhaps World Bank's 'adjusted net national income per capita (current US$)' shows it even better (still not inequality adjusted). It the case of this measure it's quite obvious the data would be higher for Denmark when top 3 or 5% of the population would be excluded.

  • Because money..material things…are not the measurement of ones happiness…but things can't be bought by money…that's why they are happier..

  • It's a smaller country and they know how the world economy work's.. and they do have a advantage over a larger country, less spending on there military and other social programs so more for them to concentrate on there peoples well being…make's that a happy country

  • This is one dumb metric because a big part of happiness comes from wanting less. It's a culture and not come from government budgets.

  • Taxes are supposed to be used for, fire and police stations and Roads and schools, important things like that, it has definitely gotten out of control

  • As a dane living in Denmark I can confirm this video. We feel sorry for Americans, who we in some ways love.

  • U.S. is still better though. Their population is the size of Vermont, I guess those socialists their are happy too.

  • A very good doco…however one important thing they missed out was population. Most of the nordic countries have a tiny population compared to the USA, so decisions are made quickly and democratically.

  • Cannot emphasise more on this concept of balance. Live for the hygge moments. In India it’s chaotic & a struggle but you have to keep trying 🤷‍♀️❤️

  • I am from Eastern Europe and had a chance to study in Finland for almost a year. It was one of the best experiences in my whole life. Whenever you have any questions or problems, they can be solved in several hours. Everybody carries out their job duties at a high level. And Finnish people are cool in general.

  • I have an American friend who moved to Sweden for Graduate school. She says for the first time ever her anxiety is mild and her health is fantastic. She doesn't ever want to leave. I have a cousin (we're from Canada) who moved to Finland for work. He isn't happier in Finland than in Canada but he loves it and he says that Canadians with average jobs (so jobs that don't provide more than 2 weeks paid vacation for new employees) would probably be a bit happier in Finland because they have a lot of vacation days. Canada has fantastic maternity leave (and paternity leave for dads!), but he says it's a bit better in Finland for women.

  • U cant really compare a government that has 5 million people vs 300 million. Its much easier to govern a small country vs a big country. Its no coincidence that all of the top 10 happiest countries have very small population

  • Happiness is a metric you can’t measure. The HDI is a subjective metric and one of the most overused statistics in the world today.

  • less black people. period.

    "diversity" in every single usage is anti white racial hatred. you are never talking about "diversity", you are ONLY talking about race and multiracializing white countries and societies ALONE.

    not one single non white country on the face of the earth volunteers itself for what their people would demand of the white countries they force themselves onto.

    and every single one of you brainwashed racist drones who would call what i just wrote as being "racist" are the same people would slit their wrists and that of their children before they ever willingly left a white country and society to go be "not" racist in zimbabwe.


  • Why is it than when white people immigrate to another country they’re called expats but when a person of color does the same they’re called immigrants? 🤔

  • The best thing these countries have is a lack of companies like CNBC calling politicians socialist/communists when they try to give us decent, affordable healthcare and education.

  • Finn here.. i wouldnt necessarily call ourselves happy… the word id use is content / satisfied.. Finns seem to be able to settle for less and enjoy simple things.. as long as the very basic needs are covered, you’re set !

  • Another thing they that they missed in this video, they are not as RELIGIOUS as other countries. 80% of the population don't consider religion as an important part of their lives, means more free and tolerant society.

  • I get the middle path and all, but honestly there’s a lot you learn from the extremes of excess and deprivation. Also Lagos gets boring.

  • There’s alot of Finnish people in Minnessota, USA and I think that explains the similarity in their culture. I’m a New Yorker, and originally from the Philippines and these two places also have a very different views and forms of happiness and culture

  • Take me to Finland 🇫🇮 or Denmark 🇩🇰 I’m jealous of how their government take care of their people

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