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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    The world happiness report has ranked Denmark as the happiest place to live in both 2012 and 2013, with Norway, Switzerland, Netherlands and Sweden coming in 2,3rd, 4th, 5th, Finland is 7th.

    Australia is ranked 10th. Still pretty good. So yes - those countries do sound like utopia - amazing health, education and childcare and their citizens are really happy too.

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/09/world-happiness-report-happiest-countries_n_3894041.html" target="_blank">http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/09/world-happiness-report-happiest-countries_n_3894041.html</a>
    What about the high suicide rates?! That's why I always think of when I think of Scandinavia lol. I couldn't hack it and I grew up in Scotland. I'm pretty sure most Aussies would lose the plot with half the year in snow and darkness! Guess it is what you are used to though...

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    These are the top 20 starting highest and going down, UK is actually higher than most of the Scandinavian countries we have been talking about - except Finland and Norway. There are far worse countries in terms of suicide.

    Country
    1 Greenland
    2 South Korea
    3 Lithuania
    4 Guyana
    5 Kazakhstan
    6 Belarus
    7 China
    8 Slovenia
    9 Hungary
    10 Japan
    11 Sri Lanka
    12 Ukraine
    13 Russia
    14 Croatia
    15 Latvia
    16 Moldova
    17 Serbia
    18 Belgium
    19 Finland
    20 Bhutan
    21 Uruguay
    22 South Africa
    23 Poland
    24 Taiwan
    25 Estonia
    26 France
    27 Suriname
    28 Bosnia and Herzegovina
    29 Austria
    30 Czech Republic
    31 Cuba
    32 Bulgaria
    33 United States
    34 Romania
    35 Norway
    36 Ireland
    37 United Kingdom
    38 New Zealand
    39 Portugal
    40 Canada
    41 Denmark
    42 Iceland
    43 Chile
    44 Sweden
    45 Switzerland
    46 Trinidad and Tobago
    47 India
    48 Slovakia
    49 Germany
    50 Australia

    Quote Originally Posted by kw123 View Post
    What about the high suicide rates?! That's why I always think of when I think of Scandinavia lol. I couldn't hack it and I grew up in Scotland. I'm pretty sure most Aussies would lose the plot with half the year in snow and darkness! Guess it is what you are used to though...

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    Weird that France is number 26. I'd love to live in France!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I would be happy to pay more taxes to make our society more equitable.
    Me too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRedV View Post
    I would be happy to pay more taxes to make our society more equitable.
    You can always calculate the difference yourself and donate the difference to someone less fortunate weekly

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plan2bamummy View Post
    You can always calculate the difference yourself and donate the difference to someone less fortunate weekly
    It's not that simple.

    As you pay more tax but the rest of your expenses go down too.

    Fr example as a teacher in Australia it's likely that a proportion of BRV's wage already goes to subsidising the learning materials for children in her class room.

    It's likely she may pay for private health, and has money put away in case something unforseen happens and her or her husband can't work.

    If we lived in a Scandinavian country, it's unlikely that she would have to worry about these types of things.

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    I was trying to point out that people talk the talk but when it comes to helping the "less fortunate" many wont actually put their money where their mouths is.
    FYI if you donate to charities ie Smiths Family then that's a tax deduction

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    Quote Originally Posted by Plan2bamummy View Post
    You can always calculate the difference yourself and donate the difference to someone less fortunate weekly
    How do you know I don't?

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    How do you know she doesn't already? That is fairly presumptuous.


    Quote Originally Posted by Plan2bamummy View Post
    I was trying to point out that people talk the talk but when it comes to helping the "less fortunate" many wont actually put their money where their mouths is.
    FYI if you donate to charities ie Smiths Family then that's a tax deduction

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    As the OP of this thread I've been reading along with interest and just have to say thank you and well done Hubbers that this thread is still going! Yah for us! With so many different opinions voiced it's nice to see a discussion happening rather then a debate ( fight) ending with a locked thread for an issue that could easily have ended up that way. :thumbup:

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