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Countries ranked by happiness

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Interested in finding out which countries are happiest?  The keys to their success are showcased here in a Business Week slideshow.

Nordic European countries dominated the list.  They’re also known for their cold winters we Nebraskans can relate to.  Most interesting country on the list – Bhutan – and their reasons:

The small Asian nation of Bhutan ranks eighth in the world, despite relatively low life expectancy, a literacy rate of just 47%, and a very low GDP per capita. Why? Researchers credit an unusually strong sense of national identity. Plus, the country has beautiful scenery and a largely unspoiled culture, thanks to strict governmental limits on tourism, development, and immigration. Pretty counterintuitive, but Bhutan seems to have found a recipe for happiness.

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Written by Caleb

January 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm

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