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Kelly's World: Packing my bags

Published:Monday | March 28, 2016 | 3:00 AM
Nyhavn canal as seen from Kongens Nytorv square, Copenhagen, Denmark, Northern Europe.

That's it, I'm calling it a day and simply moving to a cold country.

For the third time in four editions of the World Happiness Report Update, Denmark was named world's happiest country. Placing second was Switzerland.

But here's the thing, the other nations in the top three were Iceland, Norway and Finland. Now, all a dem place deh cowl! Fi dem hottest day will still give me pneumonia. A heatwave in these places feels like upper-level trough in the Caribbean. So, what makes Denmark better than everywhere else?

The report is put together by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and the Earth Institute at Columbia University. According to the report's website, "leading experts across the fields of economics, psychology, survey analysis, national statistics, health, public policy and more, describe how measurements of well-being can be used effectively to assess the progress of nations" in the report. Factors such as social support, healthy life expectancy and freedom to make life choices were all ranked. The report also urged nations, regardless of wealth, to tackle inequality and protect the environment.

 

ADJUSTING TO THE COLD

 

Now, I'm not saying these people know what the hell they're talking about, nor do I put a great deal of faith in the poll of the various citizens the report would have included. But all I'm saying is, if Denmark can win three years out of four, sumtn positive mus' a gwaan up deh. As mi say, the cold might be a problem. But if necessary, I'll just wear extra clothes.

By the way, some of the places you would think would be in the top 10 and so on, not even close. The mighty United States (who out fi mek Donald 'Chump' win di presidency) comes in at a measly 13. But wait, big Germany finished 16th; the great United Kingdom coulda only reach 23; good old Japan ranked 53; Putin place, Russia, topped out at 56; and China, who out fi buy Jamaica, got to 83.

Now, there's still a part of me that believes nowhere nuh betta dan yard! And I suspect a part always will. Jamaica finished 73rd on the list, so we're not the worst. And we have made improvements. Highway dem look nice (even if dem a likkle expensive), and the economy is still showing signs of improvement. As my grandparents would say, 'him still a batta batta'. Of course, wid Cuba a get likkle more breathing room, (we expect) our tourism may or may not get a likkle fight. But I suspect we'll survive. And there are so many Jamaicans and/or persons of Jamaican descent making us proud. I suppose I can Wikipedia the language and customs et al of Denmark so I won't be completely clueless.

By the way, as you would imagine, for every top 10, there's a 'top' 10 at the other end of the spectrum. Finishing dead last is Burundi. Countries competing to be the most miserable (from 10th worst down) are Madagascar, Tanzania, Liberia, Guinea, Rwanda, Benin, Afghanistan, Togo and Syria. Sorry fi dem, bredda. Hush.

Link me at daviot.kelly@gleanerjm.com