The HDI is a composite of 3 measures: life expectancy, literacy and Gross Domestic Product (GDP). This is basically a gross proxy that tells us we have lots of money, can read well and think we are clever, and live longer! This last measure is understandable as both Norwegians and Canadians are very boring but laugh a lot both of which contribute to longevity.
Other surveys released this week offer less surprising results and included:
- The Name a Stuffed Animal Mohammed Index (NSAMI) : Sudan
- The We Finally Got Rid of the Cunt Index (WFGRCI) : Australia
- The Suburb Rioting and Sheep Burning Index (SRSBI) : France
- The Un-removable President Index (UPI) : Russia
- The I Can No Longer Calculate Our Inflation Rate Index (ICNLCOIRI) : Zimbabwe
- The Shedding Tears for Generals Index (STGI) : Pakistan
- The Deeply and Darkly Disturbed Prime Minister Index (DDDPMI) : Britain
What the HDI survey does not measure is happiness!
A recent survey found that Scandinavians admitted to being depressed more often than other Europeans… the Mediterranean countries were so happy that I considered moving!
So being highly developed clearly leads to depression. Great, but somehow I feel I have always know this.
However, Scandinavians are more happy with their jobs than anyone else in Europe. 70% surveyed said they were happy or very happy at work, compared to 50% in the UK. Belgium workers came in at 30%. If you have ever been to Belgium this needs no explanation.
The Norwegian statistics are explicable. Most people in Norway are out of the office door at 3 pm, leave at noon on Friday for their weekend places, take all of July, Christmas break, Easter and most of May off work, and in general do eff all during the day but talk about what they are going to do when they finish work.
More than half of the work force in Norway is employed in some capacity for the government. When you add in the politicians, the unemployed, the infirmed, the prisoners, the elderly, and the schoolchildren, you are left with about a dozen people that actually do the work. Unfortunately, I am one of them.
And everybody in Norway earns pretty much the same spondoolies! No wonder they are so effin happy, even the street cleaners drive Mercedes!
Canada has held the number one spot on the Human Doughnut Index (HDoI) since it was bumped by Norway from the No. 1 spot on the HDI. Canadians spend 1 in every 25 dollars at Tim Horton’s the national doughnut chain. The HDoI is a proxy measure for fat arses and love handles, one of the best global indicators of civilised development.
Clearly Canadians and Norwegians are very developed human beings!
Lies, damned lies and statistics, eh!