Today I happened to catch the first part of the Oprah Winfrey Show. No, I did not choose to watch Oprah, it was on in the same room as myself. Anyway, Oprah hosted a show on various countries and Denmark was one of those countries, specifically Copenhagen. She must have filmed it while she was there to promote the Olympics. She did mention that things did not go well in the case of the Olympics. I laughed out loud.
The main focus was that Denmark is considered by researchers to have the most happy population on earth. The idea seems to be that the people are taken care of by the government, so they have nothing to worry about. Oprah interviewed a woman who explained that if she loses her job, the government will help her find a new one and pay her up to four years of unemployment insurance. University education is not only provided for free, but students are paid to attend school. People pick their occupations based on interest rather than the amount of money they will earn because everybody earns equal pay. Healthcare is free as well. The woman gave a tour of her home that was cramped. Three children share one room. Marriage is no big deal in Denmark and so there is no pressure there. Several Danish women told Oprah that they do not believe in any Higher Power and that most Danes have the same lack of belief.
As a freedom-loving American, i found myself wondering how anyone could be happy under a socialistic rule like this where everyone is treated as an equal even when equal effort is not given. How can one be happy when they have no way to measure success? How can one be happy when they are not rewarded according to effort? The Danish women maintained that they lived under a Democracy and not socialism. I clear example of how wonderful their free education has been. It is not until halfway through the interview that the woman being interviewed admits that taxes are 50%. Some free healthcare and education, eh? This is the way all of these countries work. They claim to get services for free even though they are paying immense taxes. The Danish woman claimed that she did not mind the 50% in taxes. I certainly would not be happy paying half of my hard earned money to the government.
I would be interested in knowing who exactly are the researchers that came up with the result that the Danes are the most happy. I bet they were from Berkley or perhaps Columbia University.