There are several factors that indicates that the healthcare system in Denmark is falling apart. If you had actually bothered reading this thread, you would know that their healthcare system have gotten worse since the WHO report. Look at the previous posts about how many citizens in Denmark that actually dies on the waiting lines while waiting for a vital treatment, e.g cancer. Do you honestly think that these people are happy? The reality is far different from your “Happy Denmark” delusional world where everyone is smiling and planting flowers. The reality is that a majority of the citizens of Denmark are mentally ill, the healthcare system is falling apart as people are being denied vital treatments. There isn’t anything superior or extraordinary about Denmark, I’m afraid. I am sorry to disappoint you, but this is the definitive proof that Denmark is not the happiest place on earth. Also, take a look at this article from WHO. It reveals that Denmark is the cancer capital of the world.
Suicide rates in Denmark: 10.6 out of 100,000 (making it number 40 out of the top countries for suicide). This puts it 44% below average. In comparison, the US is number 39 on the list, with rates of 11.1 per 100,000 people.
So relatively, the Danes have low poverty and low suicide rates.
Look at the list. Denmark is ranked 40 out of 106. That is high. The suicide rate is high in Denmark, it is above average. I don’t know where you got the idea from that the suicide rate in Denmark is low, maybe you are completely distorted from reality. Look at the list again. The suicide rate in Denmark is relatively high and above average. You can clearly see on the list that Denmark is ranked 40/106, that is above average.
Approximately 15% of Danes are diagnosed with depression at some point. In comparison, in the US the number is
a bit over 26%.
Look at the article you are linking to. Then look at the date. You are linking to an outdated article from 1994 - 2003. I am not sure if you have realized it yet, but as pr. today we live in 2011. And your list is wrong, it is only 9.5% of Americans that have depression. That is low compared to the Danes. Today it is up to 20% Danes who suffers from depression, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Here are the real 2011 statistics from Psykiatrifonden, Denmark.
One out of two Danish families comes in contact with treatment services.
15-20% are having depression. 20% suffer symptoms of anxiety - phobias, panic disorder or persistent anxiety. 20% have addictions - alcohol, drugs. 15% over 65 years are demented. Many citizens of Denmark are having more of these symptoms simultaneously.
That certainly doesn’t sound like a happy people and the fact that 50% ( one out of two) families in Denmark needs to be in contact with treatment services tells me that the reality is far from “Happy Denmark”.
The rest of your claims are from 1997 and thus outdated by now. It doesn’t really prove Denmark as a happy country either.
So relatively, the Danes have low poverty and low suicide rates, while having high health and an effective and efficient health care system. All of which means that there’s no reason according to statistics to declare the Danes to be “unhappy” (heck, if any nation is unhappy, it would have to be the US according to some of these numbers). All of which fits in perfectly with people’s personal experiences in Danmark and with Danes.
Look at the list, dummy. The suicide rate in Denmark is still relatively high. Look at your own link in the beginning of your post. Being placed 40/106 is by no means low, that is above the average. I’m not sure if you haven’t realized yet, but Denmark is on the higher scale in terms of suicide rates. It tells me that people aren’t that happy after all. Regarding of your self proclaimed idea of peoples experience with “Danes”. It depends on who you ask. Denmark has been under heavy criticism for racism and discrimination. Ask a Dane and he/she will probably say “Yes, we are a lovely people”. Ask a foreigner and you may get a completely different answer.
To summarize, we started off with a couple of people who honestly believed that Denmark is the happiest country on earth. That didn’t quite work, as there simply are too many factors that goes against the idea of the people in Denmark being the happiest. Then we went to a point where people started to realize that Denmark might no be “the happiest place on earth” after all. Now we are down to a point where people are desperately trying to protect the truth about Denmark from being revealed, by linking to outdated statistics from 1997 while throwing out personal attacks. That is primitive and uncivilized, just like Denmark That doesn’t work either. While we can easily say that the citizens of Denmark aren’t the happiest people on earth, one could say that they are the biggest liars on earth. Proclaiming to be happy while the reality is the opposite wasn’t that smart. It is still a bit concerning tha