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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Are we less aware than the people in Denmark, though? OR do they have different priorities? Or is there some other factor in play?
    Doesn't Denmark have the highest suicide rate in the Western world?

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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    No.

    many other words

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    Doesn't Denmark have the highest suicide rate in the Western world?

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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Doesn't Denmark have the highest suicide rate in the Western world?
    nope, it's just below America

    List of countries by suicide rate - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    That table made no sense to me. What's with the different years on the right?

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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by BDBoop View Post
    That table made no sense to me. What's with the different years on the right?
    that's the year the statistic was taken from.
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Goshin View Post
    Doesn't Denmark have the highest suicide rate in the Western world?
    I have brought this point up too (and posted a chart and link) about how many of these "happy" countries have high suicide rates. I wonder how they define happiness, or if they just asked people "are you happy" and used that to base their data on.
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I have brought this point up too (and posted a chart and link) about how many of these "happy" countries have high suicide rates. I wonder how they define happiness, or if they just asked people "are you happy" and used that to base their data on.
    more or less, from the OP article.

    First they asked subjects to reflect on their overall satisfaction with their lives, and ranked their answers using a "life evaluation" score from 1 to 10. Then they asked questions about how each subject had felt the previous day.
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I have brought this point up too (and posted a chart and link) about how many of these "happy" countries have high suicide rates. I wonder how they define happiness, or if they just asked people "are you happy" and used that to base their data on.
    I guess those who weren't happy over there were too busy killing themselves at the time to be able to answer the poll question.
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by digsbe View Post
    I have brought this point up too (and posted a chart and link) about how many of these "happy" countries have high suicide rates. I wonder how they define happiness, or if they just asked people "are you happy" and used that to base their data on.
    There have been plenty of studies that match up pretty well with these results. Check out the quality of life index which measures 9 factors (including life expectancy, which suicide affects obviously) and also ranks Nordic nations very high and the US at 13, just one spot higher than the Forbes ranking. One big difference is Israel, which ranks much lower here.

    And I already stated my opinion before, but suicide rate isn't a reliable indicator of a nation's quality of life. Alaska has the highest and New Jersey has the lowest suicide rate but Alaska is ranked in the middle of quality of life surveys and New Jersey ranks fairly well, but certainly not number one.
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    Re: The World's Happiest Countries

    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    I don't know the statistics, but I'm sure as hell that the majority of those 20% are not secular.
    And yes both are coming from the Semite race, but the two differ in ethnicity, culture, dominating religion, language, etc.
    While Arabic is considered to be the second official language here after Hebrew, it is still a minority language.
    Honestly, since I've never been to Israel, I couldn't say how similar or different Arabs and Jews are in that environment.

    I'm thinking, though, that racial differences are a big thing.
    Like how a minority may feel unhappy because most of the people don't look like them.
    Jews and Arabs both eat hummus, they're the same.
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