Denmark HappinessBy Michael B. Sauter

For the second year in a row, 24/7 Wall St. examined the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's report on life satisfaction in the developed world. Economic prosperity, health and a strong social support network continue to correspond highly with happiness.

And once again, the United States fails to make the top 10 happiest nations in the world, while countries like Australia, Israel and all of the Scandinavian nations do.

Don't feel too bad, fellow citizens. We actually came in 11th. But here are the 10 who ranked ahead of us, and why.

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Aquiles Trev

I have been in more than one of these countries and people seems to be kind of boring , no offense, happiness is not always about money. Many developing countries have smiley population even in the worst economic crisis situation. Thats my friend is a real way to face show happiness, no matter what. Lets look for a more humanistic finding.

August 02 2012 at 1:00 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

As a citizen of the 6th happiest country on the list, it's lovely to know that others recognize it for all of the good that is here. However, I do agree with Yoni that there are so many other beautiful photo opportunities of Israel to offer, rather than the one which appeared in the article. We have beautiful beaches, gorgeous parks, sweeping vistas, thriving cities filled with trendy restaurants and shops, and outdoor markets filled with the tastiest fruits and vegetables in the world (you haven't eaten a tomato until you've had an Israeli tomato!). The faces of our people are vibrant, positive and welcoming and every corner of the country is filled with them, from native Israelis, to immigrant Ethiopians, Russians and Anglos. However, the Daily Finance missed the mark on the photo and chose not to showcase any of the above, but instead to offer a picture of an Arab village on the hillside. The editors should be ashamed of themselves because I do not believe for one second that this was done out of ignorance.

May 29 2012 at 1:44 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

There are surely better pictures representing Israel. How about switching to this photo:

May 28 2012 at 8:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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or this

July 12 2012 at 8:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

To Patty: What or which democrats are for the little people??? You got good humor! You'll have to make Obama and family disappear for 20 years (preferably BEFORE he wins reelection). How about making HIM AND HIS FAMILY distribute their enormous riches, imagine taking vacations that cost us, the taxpayers (the little people) , millions of dollars because his wife invited ALL their tribes to those exquisite, luxurious vacations!!! Ha!!!

May 25 2012 at 1:36 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Big G...
"Ignorance is still bliss..." to what???

May 25 2012 at 1:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Canada is the place to be...........

May 25 2012 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

he Socialists have destroyed the US and their policies are driving us closer to the abyss every day. They won't be happy until our cities start burning. Have a survival or exit plan or prepare to be killed by people when they run out of everything. Laugh if you want!

May 25 2012 at 9:56 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Jack Is-In StLouis

Another silly ass comment. If true socialism is bad why are those countries happier. Oh no they cant be truly happy unless their gun toten, jesus loving Republicans. Why don't you do try another country. Although none would probably meet your standards.

June 02 2012 at 5:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Can't wait 'til I save enough money to move to Canada!

May 25 2012 at 9:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


We would be # 1 if we got our jobs back from commies in china, I would rather buy
US union than communist labor, things usta be good !

May 25 2012 at 8:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joyce Otway

I dont believe one word of this finding .

May 25 2012 at 8:24 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply