HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Why are Danes the world's happiest nation?

Earlier this year, Denmark came top in a world map of happiness (the UK ranked 41st out of 178 nations). And for more than 30 years it has ranked first in European satisfaction surveys. So what makes Danes so content?

Researchers in this week's Christmas issue of the BMJ decided to find out why life satisfaction in Denmark substantially exceeds that in Sweden and Finland, the two countries most similar to Denmark.

Their hypotheses range from the unlikely (hair colour, genes, food and language) to the more plausible, such as family life, health and a prosperous economy.

However, their analysis points to two explanatory factors. Firstly, winning the 1992 European Football Championship put Danes in such a state of euphoria that the country has not been the same since. This may explain the high level of life satisfaction in Denmark after 1992, they write.

Secondly, while Danes are very satisfied, their expectations for the coming year are rather low. In contrast, Italy and Greece, which rank low on life satisfaction, rank high on expectations for the year to come, together with Swedes and Finns.

The causes of the stolid depth of Danish wellbeing are undoubtedly multifactorial, they say. The Danish football triumph of 1992 has had a lasting impact, but the satisfaction of the Danes began well before 1992, albeit at a more moderate level. The key factor that explains this, and that differentiates Danes from Swedes and Finns, seems to be that Danes have consistently low (and realistic) expectations for the year to come.

So the key to happiness may lie in the fact that if you lower your expectations enough you might feel a bit better next Christmas, they conclude.


'"/>

Contact: Emma Dickinson
edickinson@bmj.com
44-020-738-36529
BMJ-British Medical Journal
21-Dec-2006


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Texas A&M study proves pollution from China And India affecting worlds weather
2. Worldmapper draws attention to the worlds health inequalities
3. Wiley acquires HEED, the worlds leading Health Economic Evaluations Database
4. Alberta develops worlds first electronic surgical reporting
5. Leading international osteoporosis experts to present at worlds largest osteoporosis congress
6. Acrux acquires rights to commercialise worlds first contraceptive spray
7. UQ scientist honoured for developing the worlds first cancer vaccine
8. Congo conflict The worlds deadliest humanitarian crisis
9. 1.7m to build worlds first SIMS instrument combined with infra-red spectroscopy
10. PLoS Medicine refocuses worlds attention on the tsunami, six months on
11. The worlds leading researchers in clinical immunology to gather for FOCIS 2005

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/6/2016)... Atlanta (PRWEB) , ... May 06, 2016 , ... From ... provider Presence Technology will share its insights on managing Customers Engagement at ... , At SpeechTek 2016, Presence Technology will deliver a Presentation on “5 ...
(Date:5/6/2016)... ... ... Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House of Yahweh, has written a new article this ... about helping to stop cancer. Yisrayl says there are too many suffering and dying from ... science industries will pay close attention and take action. The Pastor says that the root ...
(Date:5/6/2016)... ... ... “ Crossing Over: Affirmations of Faith in the Midst of the Dying ” ... vigil to glimpse into the supernatural as their lives ended. With her debut book, ... gain insight into providing care to terminal patients. , “I was inspired to ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... ... May 05, 2016 , ... ... (LAIs), today announced a development collaboration with the Australian critical medicine company, ... disorders such as schizophrenia. , LAI medicines can offer improved therapeutic benefits over ...
(Date:5/5/2016)... Palm Beach, Fla. (PRWEB) , ... May 05, 2016 , ... ... Vision Institute in San Diego, California. The laser eye center will now be called ... recognized surgeons and attentive staff will remain at the full-service facility to ensure that ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/4/2016)... ZIONA, Israel , May 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... announced today that BiondVax,s CEO, Dr. Ron Babecoff , ... New York City . On ... at Pioneers 2016, a conference presented by Joseph Gunner ... Hotel. The BiondVax presentation that Dr. Babecoff will ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... 4, 2016 In March, ... series of free workshops across Africa ... requirements for Good Distribution Practices (GDP). Good Distribution ... that products are consistently stored, transported and handled under ... or product specification. Only a few years ago, there ...
(Date:5/4/2016)... May 4, 2016 ... the  "Global Acute Ischemic Stroke Market and ... their offering.       (Logo: ... Acute Ischemic Stroke Market and Competitive Landscape ... Ischemic Stroke pipeline products, Acute Ischemic Stroke ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: