No Illegal Migrants – No Migrants At All Equals, Literally, Happiest Place on Earth

No Illegal Migrants – No Migrants At All Equals, Literally, Happiest Place on Earth by John Freeman – Russia-Insider

TDC Note – The next time you hear some nonsense about “diversity is our strength” you now can correct them with data and facts.

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This small country on Russia’s northern border, which was part of the Russian empire from 1809 to 1917, is a great place to visit, an easy hop from St. Petersburg

  • ” … what the data seems to support is the idea that, if anything, the more multicultural a country becomes, the less happy they are, so that diversity is, in fact, our misery rather than our strength.”

OK, to be honest, visiting this capital was never on my bucket list, but it was part of a Baltic cruise I went on recently, and I’m glad it was.  To my surprise, Helsinki is worth a day trip at least, offering up a blend of cool Nordic design and neoclassical architecture set against a baby-blue sky dotted with scudding wisps of cirrus clouds.

But besides being a nice place to visit, it’s an even better place to live, at least according to the latest survey from the World Happiness Index (yes, that’s a thing), which indicates that Finland is the happiest country on earth.

At first blush, I thought “no wonder”, as I strolled through the harbor-front marketplace toward Senate Square and down the tree-lined Esplanade of the shopping district toward the iconic art nouveau train station.  The city looked prosperous, the people really did look happy and healthy, and it was a glorious and bright summer day!  What’s not to like, especially with the flowers in bloom? Well, here’s the other side of the coin:

  • Those nice summer days are rare indeed up here.  Helsinki is the northernmost European capital, and the winters are bitterly cold.  Such foreboding weather usually means dour dispositions, not smiling faces.
  • Finland has had its share of war and strife.  It was subject to Stalin’s brutal Winter War, then had to stand up against the great Russian bear throughout the decades-long Cold War.
  • They really have no natural resources to speak of, unlike their more fortunate Nordic neighbor Norway, nor are they lucky enough to have a superb major seaport like Sweden.

So, the weather ain’t so great, the land doesn’t “front” them anything, and history hasn’t been particularly kind to them, either.  Why, then ,are these the happiest people on earth?  To my way of thinking, the answer lies (partly, at least) in the question itself.  Let me explain:

They are happy because, in spite of the fact that they don’t have mineral riches, they do have an enormous reservoir of intellectual and creative capital to draw from: their own people.  Finnish leadership in the fields of architecture, electronics, music, and such diverse and creative industries as glassware, jewelry, fashion design, and even custom fishing lures has made them relatively rich even by European standards, and while money may not buy you love, it’s hard to be ecstatic if you can’t pay your bills.  There’s a reason why some of the poorest countries on earth are among the least happy,   after all…Africa is basically a miserable continent, at least according to the latest survey, so  it’s no wonder they are all voting with their feet and leaving the Dark Continent as fast as they can.

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