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LEGLESS
18-11-2004, 13:00
As if we needed confirmation! :D

Ireland leads world for quality of life

UK comes 29th in global happiness survey

Owen Bowcott
Thursday November 18, 2004
The Guardian

Ireland is easily the best country in the world to inhabit, according to a quality of life survey which relegates the United Kingdom to a second-division ranking.
The ambitious attempt to compare happiness around the world is based on the principle that wealth is not the only measure of human satisfaction.

The index of 111 states, produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit and released yesterday, combines data on incomes, health, unemployment, climate, political stability, job security, gender equality as well as what the magazine calls "freedom, family and community life".

Displayed on a notional scale of one to 10, rain-washed Ireland emerges with a gleaming top score of 8.33, well ahead of second-place Switzerland which manages 8.07. The UK languishes in 29th place on 6.92, narrowly in front of South Korea (6.88). Zimbabwe, racked by political insecurity and hunger, is rated the gloomiest, picking up only 3.89 points.

The figures may be reminiscent of a global version of the Eurovision Song Contest, but the intention behind the study - to find the best country to live in during 2005 - is serious as well as competitive.

"Although rising incomes and expanded individual choices are highly valued," the report says, "some of the factors associated with modernisation - such as the breakdown of traditional institutions and the erosion of family values - in part offset its positive impact. "Ireland wins because it successfully combines the most desirable elements of the new (the fourth highest gross domestic product per head in the world in 2005, low unemployment, political liberties) with the preservation of certain cosy elements of the old, such as stable family and community life."

Ireland's lifestyle victory represents rapid promotion for a country which until the 1990s suffered from large scale emigration of citizens in search of work abroad. Membership of the EU has, however, transformed its prospects. Ireland's GDP per person - a standard, comparative economic measure - overtook the UK's GDP several years ago: Ireland's is now $36,790 (£19,800) compared to $31,150 in the UK. The UK's reputation in Europe also takes a beating. The UK ranked the lowest out of the 15 members of the pre-enlargement EU, chiefly due to the high social and family breakdown recorded in official statistics.

Our other large European partners like France and Germany, occupying 25th and 26th position respectively, fared little better. But smaller states, including Sweden, Italy, Denmark and Spain, all appeared in the top 10. The US, which has the second highest GDP after diminutive Luxembourg, slipped to 13th place in the survey. Other big economies did even worse. China was in the lower half of the league at 60th while Russia, where GDP is only $9,810, scraped in towards the bottom on 105th.

"The results of the surveys have been attracting growing interest in recent years," the magazine says. "... It has long been accepted that material well-being alone does not adequately measure quality of life. Money matters, of course, but surveys suggest that over the decades big increases in income have translated into only a modest rise in satisfaction."

The Economist's complex equations used to produce the table gave most weight to matters of health, well-being, political stability and security. Less importance was attached to climate, job security, political freedom and gender equality. The Economist's survey, published as The World in 2005, is in its 17th year.

Other organisations have tried to draw up comparative tables based simply on more subjective surveys about happiness. The results do not reflect the Economist's priorities. The New Scientist magazine last year published a survey which ranked Nigeria as having the highest percentage of people who said they were happy, followed by Mexico and Venezuela. The citizens of Russia, Armenia and Romania were the most miserable.

Ireland
First there was a national outcry that a basket of bread, milk and vegetables cost more in Dublin than anywhere else in the eurozone. Then the president issued a plea last week for post-Celtic Tiger Ireland to return to community values. So the Irish were baffled to wake up yesterday as the world's most envied country.

Ireland tops the survey because the 90s boom brought affluence and preserved Eamon de Valera's vision of a strong community.

Ireland is the fourth richest country in the world based on per capita income. But a UN report has warned of the gap between rich and poor.

Father Harry Bohan, who runs Céifin, an organisation examining values, said after a series of tribunals into government corruption and the church's soul-searching, Ireland was now "seeking a new spirituality".
Angelique Chrisafis

:D:)

Pooty Poot
18-11-2004, 13:10
You've obviously never been to Komsomolsk-na-Amure !

Kshisya
18-11-2004, 13:17
Originally posted by LEGLESS
As if we needed confirmation! :D

Ireland leads world for quality of life

UK comes 29th in global happiness survey



YEAAAAAAAA! :D that must be the reason of your runaway from there! :rolleyes:

:p

Goose0009
20-11-2004, 09:04
Do Irish girls give up the goods more often then english girls?

yankee@moscow
20-11-2004, 21:57
It's like my grandfather used to tell me, "The Irish would rule the world if it wasn't for alcohol." Maybe he was right?:confused:

gadfly
21-11-2004, 12:28
The population of Ireland before the 1840's famine was a little under 6 million, and now it's like 3 million. The rest died or went to the US like some of my ancestors. I guess the ones that stuck around were able to cash out, huh?

LEGLESS
22-11-2004, 10:39
Originally posted by Goose0009
Do Irish girls give up the goods more often then english girls?

Ha! The only way to get laid in Dublin, is to find an English girl!!

LEGLESS
22-11-2004, 10:41
Originally posted by yankee@moscow
It's like my grandfather used to tell me, "The Irish would rule the world if it wasn't for alcohol." Maybe he was right?:confused:


"Work is the curse of the drinking class"

- Oscar Wilde

Sidney Bliss
22-11-2004, 12:40
Originally posted by LEGLESS
Ha! The only way to get laid in Dublin, is to find an English girl!!

You've obviously never met my sister. :D :shame:

peyote
22-11-2004, 18:44
is the whole list posted on the web?

pirata
22-11-2004, 19:42
Not that russian chicks are any hard to get laid with, but back to the research.....how can the irish be ranked 1st in quality of life, when you all can't get laid in there!?!?
I mean, unless that criteria wasn't taking part on the research, i think noone can honestly thinking that a good living comes without some good action!! :-)))

quincy
23-11-2004, 00:28
Originally posted by pirata
Not that russian chicks are any hard to get laid with, but back to the research.....how can the irish be ranked 1st in quality of life, when you all can't get laid in there!?!?
I mean, unless that criteria wasn't taking part on the research, i think noone can honestly thinking that a good living comes without some good action!! :-)))

You are not entirely wrong....nuns and monks might disagree with you though

Goose0009
23-11-2004, 08:24
Maybe Irish girls don't need sex, I don't know. How do I bang an Irish girl?

LEGLESS
23-11-2004, 14:13
Ask Sindey for an introduction to Miss Bliss!

sir Gay
23-11-2004, 14:20
Originally posted by quincy
You are not entirely wrong....nuns and monks might disagree with you though

mmmmm, uniforms... yammm :)