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The Danes ... It must be really nice to be over there. Turns out Australia aint so bad either (HT: Adam Arico).
Seems to me that without suitable semantic analyses of "happy" this data is useless. "Happy" is after allan indexical (like tall, here, I etc), in which case its meaning would be expected to shift from context to ontext. Perhaps the Danes polled simply have very low conversational standards which allow them to attribute happiness to themselves and and other more easily, where as the Americans or Britains polled had routinely high standards allowing for not much to count as happiness? Bah Humbug!
Worse still: the first article claims that the Danes are happiest. The other claims that people from Iceland are happiest (followed by Australians).
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