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Why the Danish mermaid is happier than the Singapore Merlion | TODAYonline

Why the Danish mermaid is happier than the Singapore Merlion | TODAYonline

According to the second World Happiness Report survey released earlier this month, cold and unspectacular Denmark was again ranked the happiest nation in the world. Singapore in 30th place can at least boast of being the happiest in Asia. The standard of living in both countries is high. Singapore ranks 4th in gross domestic product per capita; Denmark is 16th. The Republic has 5.4 million inhabitants, slightly fewer than the 5.6 million Danes. However, Denmark has the lowest level of income inequality in the world, whereas Singapore has one of the highest among the advanced economies. What are the secret ingredients of the Danes’ happiness? In my journeys to the land of Lego, the Ugly Duckling, the Mermaid and probably the “Best beer in the world”, I have observed a few unique traits that might answer this question. One, contentment. Danes tend to focus on what they have,...

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