miércoles, marzo 16, 2016

Las Azores / Los paìses màs felices del mundo... y los menos felices

Esta tarde camino de Cádiz y después de haber conducido unos cientos de kilómetros, algunos de forma "urgente", me hacía una reflexión al ver como un turismo rebasaba a un ciclista... doble carril, buena visibilidad y carril izquierdo completamente libre. Por el arcén ciclista con prendas reflectantes y de alta visibilidad, vehículo que no se apartaba hacia su izquierda y no le da el 1,5 metros.
¿PORQUÉ? Pues porque no saben conducir, desconocen las normas básicas y las consecuencias de incumplirlas, actúan de forma irresponsable y no piensan el daño que pueden hacer, nos ven como intrusos y estorbos.
Pero esos conductores son también los que cuando se pone en ámbar aceleran, los que se saltan el ceda o no paran en el Stop, los de los giros indebidos, los que no respetan las señales, los que estacionan en los vados, los que circulan en dirección prohibida, los de las copas de más y algo más...
Las normas están para cumplirse y todas tienen un motivo, no son capricho del que las implanta.
Nuestras carreteras necesitan el respeto de todos para que no haya más perjudicados en ellas.

las azores



The 10 happiest countries

1. Denmark

Denmark’s success can be attributed to its good life expectancy (80 years, well above the global average of 71), GDP per capita ($44,916, according to World Bank figures, placing it 17th overall), free/tax-financed health care, and enviable welfare system, which has made its wealth gap one of the world’s smallest. But it has also been suggested in the past that Danes are genetically happier than people from other countries. In 2014 research by the University of Warwick suggested that “the greater a nation's genetic distance from Denmark, the lower the reported wellbeing of that nation.”

2. Switzerland

Switzerland has fallen from the top spot, but still has good reason to be smug. The average life expectancy is 82.8; they are multilingual, with most citizens understanding German, French and English; they have glorious landscapes encompassing thick forest, wide lake and handsome railway lines. It's also the "most competitive country in the world", according to the World Economic Forum, thanks to its "effective institutions; sound and healthy public finances; an attractive tax regime; excellent infrastructure and connectivity and world-class education system".

3. Iceland

Offering a relatively low income tax, free health care and higher education to its citizens, the island nation has also been rated to be the most peaceful nation on Earth on the Global Peace Index, endorsed by pacifists such as Kofi Annan, the Dalai Lama, and archbishop Desmond Tutu.

4. Norway

Norway topped the Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index for two years in both 2013 and 2014. It came fourth in this year's World Happiness Report.

5. Finland

Europe's eighth largest country has also been previously ranked among the countries with the highest quality of life by the Legatum Institute's Prosperity Index and among the most peaceful countries in the world by the Global Peace Index.

6. Canada

With a high average life expectancy and average income, Canada ranked sixth in this year's World Happiness Report, down one place on its 2015 ranking.

7. Netherlands

The Netherlands is down from the high of fourth place it achieved in the 2013 World Happiness Report, but is still smiling - no doubt helped by its liberal policies and tasty beer

8. New Zealand (7.334)

Telegraph Travel readers' favourite country, according to the 2014 Telegraph Travel Awards, New Zealand was a newcomer to the top 10 last year, and rose one place in this year's rankings. Douglas Adams, author of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, explained the appeal of the country's landscapes in his book, Last Chance to See: "One's first impulse, standing on a clifftop surveying it all, is simply to burst into spontaneous applause." It also has marine volcanoes, one of the world's most scenic rail journeys (the line through the Taieri Gorge could give the Alpine railways a run for their money), sperm whales, some marvellous wines, and caves lit by glow worms.

9. Australia

Home to the world's largest coral reef system, The Great Barrier Reef, pristine beaches and consistently warm temperatures, Australia is one of the world's most popular destinations - and rose two places to 8th in this year's happiness rankings.

Melbourne has also previously been named "the best city in the world to live in", according to the Economist Intelligence Unit's global "liveability" study, which looks at crime levels, threat of conflict, quality of medical care, levels of censorship, temperature, schools and transport links.

10. Sweden

Western Europe's third largest country is also home to some of the world's happiest people - although it did fall two places in this year's ranking.

Andrew Stone, Telegraph Travel's Scandinavia expert, says it has a bit of what all its Nordic neighbours have, including "Copenhagen's urban cool and Norway's mountains, as well as forest, lakes, pretty Baltic ports and islands. It also has Stockholm, perhaps the loveliest city in the whole of Scandinavia."

the world's 10 least happy countries,

1. Burundi

The world's least happy country, according to the report. Life expectancy there is just 56 and its GDP per capita only $770.

2. Syria

Syria's problems are well known - there is widespread fighting across much of the country and Britons are advised against all travel there.

3. Togo

Togo's life expectancy is just 58, just one factor behind its lowly position in the World Happiness ranking.

4. Afghanistan

It's no suprise to see Afghanstan on this list. The country continues to suffer from widespread civil unrest and is off-limits to British travellers.

5. Benin

Citizens of Benin have an average life expectancy of just 59 - well below the global average of 71. Pictured here is The Door of No Return, a memorial to those seized by slavers here for centuries.

6. Rwanda

Another country with a harrowing modern history - the Rwandan Gencide in 1994 resulted in the deaths of up to one million people.

Small numbers of tourists do now visit - the country is known as a great place to see mountain gorillas.

7. Guinea

African countries dominated the lower reaches of the rankings. Just outside the bottom 10 were Uganda, Chad, South Sudan, Niger and Angola. The lowest European country was Bulgaria, in 129th.

8. Liberia

The West African country has a torrid recent history, with civil wars taking place from 1989-1996 and 1999-2003, so it's no surprise to find it scoring so poorly.

9. Tanzania

With a happiness rating of just 3.666 - far below Denmark's world-beating 7.526 - Tanzania is the 9th unhappiest country on Earth.

10. Madagascar

Despite its spectacular scenery and wildlife, which attracts thousands of backpackers, Madagascar is not such an appealing place to live in, according to the study.




By Peter September 5, 2015

Recently, we ran an article featuring Bhutan and the fact that they have measured happiness in their country since 1972 using GNH (Gross National Happiness) as opposed to GDP (Gross Domestic Product).Although Bhutan’s methods have not been widely adopted or recognised as a feasible way to evaluate a country’s true happiness, they have prompted several initiatives to rank countries based on their citizens’ happiness and wellbeing.

Since 2012, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), a global initiative for the United Nations, has produced the World Happiness Report. SDSN employs an international group of economists, neuroscientists, and statisticians to survey citizens on their subjective wellbeing and produce a comprehensive list of the happiest countries in the world.


SDSN highlight that their rankings are not an index like the longer running Human Development Index (HDI) and more recent Happy Planet Index (HPI). These are often influenced by sponsors, be they governmental or corporate. They also draw only partly on self-assessment – or make no use of them at all.SDSN stress that their findings draw heavily on data from population samples in each country who assess happiness through a life evaluation, producing subjective wellbeing data. That is not to say the report is without a scientific basis. Economic and social influences are considered along with the survey (namely GDP per capita, social support, life expectancy, freedom to make life choices, generosity and perceptions of corruption), but the focus is on how happy citizens say they are; not how happy statisticians think they should be.

Unsurprisingly, there is a strong correlation between unhappiness and the poorest, most fragile countries. Troubled African states along with countries suffering under conflict and instability such as Syria, Afghanistan and Myanmar account for the vast majority of the lowest rankings.

Also rather predictably, North American and European (particularly Scandinavian) countries feature highly in the rankings. Although, spare a thought for Bulgaria, by far the unhappiest country in Europe at number 134 – well below its neighbours.


1 Switzerland 7.587
2 Iceland 7.561
3 Denmark 7.527
4 Norway 7.522
5 Canada 7.427
6 Finland 7.406
7 Netherlands 7.378
8 Sweden 7.364
9 New Zealand 7.286
10 Australia 7.284
11 Israel 7.278
12 Costa Rica 7.226
13 Austria 7.2
14 Mexico 7.187
15 United States 7.119
16 Brazil 6.983
17 Luxembourg 6.946
18 Ireland 6.94
19 Belgium 6.937
20 UAE 6.901
21 United Kingdom 6.867
22 Oman 6.853
23 Venezuela 6.81
24 Singapore 6.798
25 Panama 6.786
26 Germany 6.75
27 Chile 6.67
28 Qatar 6.611
29 France 6.575
30 Argentina 6.574
31 Czech Republic 6.505
32 Uruguay 6.485
33 Colombia 6.477
34 Thailand 6.455
35 Saudi Arabia 6.411
36 Spain 6.329
37 Malta 6.302
38 Taiwan 6.298
39 Kuwait 6.295
40 Suriname 6.269
41 Trinidad and Tobago 6.168
42 El Salvador 6.13
43 Guatemala 6.123
44 Uzbekistan 6.003
45 Slovakia 5.995
46 Japan 5.987
47 South Korea 5.984
48 Ecuador 5.975
49 Bahrain 5.96
50 Italy 5.948
51 Bolivia 5.89
52 Moldova 5.889
53 Paraguay 5.878
54 Kazakhstan 5.855
55 Slovenia 5.848
56 Lithuania 5.833
57 Nicaragua 5.828
58 Peru 5.824
59 Belarus 5.813
60 Poland 5.791
61 Malaysia 5.77
62 Croatia 5.759
63 Libya 5.754
64 Russia 5.716
65 Jamaica 5.709
67 Cyprus 5.689
68 Algeria 5.605
69 Kosovo 5.589
70 Turkmenistan 5.548
71 Mauritius 5.477
72 Hong Kong 5.474
73 Estonia 5.429
74 Indonesia 5.399
75 Vietnam 5.36
76 Turkey 5.332
77 Kyrgyzstan 5.286
78 Nigeria 5.268
79 Bhutan 5.253
80 Azerbaijan 5.212
81 Pakistan 5.194
82 Jordan 5.192
83 Montenegro 5.1922
84 China 5.14
85 Zambia 5.129
86 Romania 5.124
87 Serbia 5.123
88 Portugal 5.102
89 Latvia 5.098
90 Philippines 5.073
91 Somaliland region 5.057
92 Morocco 5.013
93 Macedonia 5.007
94 Mozambique 4.971
95 Albania 4.959
96 Bosnia and Herzegovina 4.949
97 Lesotho 4.898
98 Dominican Republic 4.885
99 Laos 4.876
100 Mongolia 4.874
101 Swaziland 4.867
102 Greece 4.857
103 Lebanon 4.839
104 Hungary 4.8
105 Honduras 4.788
106 Tajikistan 4.786
107 Tunisia 4.739
108 Palestinian Territories 4.715
109 Bangladesh 4.694
110 Iran 4.686
111 Ukraine 4.681
112 Iraq 4.677
113 South Africa 4.642
114 Ghana 4.633
115 Zimbabwe 4.61
116 Liberia 4.571
117 India 4.565
118 Sudan 4.55
119 Haiti 4.518
120 Congo (Kinshasa) 4.517
121 Nepal 4.514
122 Ethiopia 4.512
123 Sierra Leone 4.507
124 Mauritania 4.436
125 Kenya 4.419
126 Djibouti 4.369
127 Armenia 4.35
128 Botswana 4.332
129 Myanmar 4.307
130 Georgia 4.297
131 Malawi 4.292
132 Sri Lanka 4.271
133 Cameroon 4.252
134 Bulgaria 4.218
135 Egypt 4.194
136 Yemen 4.077
137 Angola 4.033
138 Mali 3.995
139 Congo (Brazzaville) 3.989
140 Comoros 3.956
141 Uganda 3.931
142 Senegal 3.904
143 Gabon 3.896
144 Niger 3.845
145 Cambodia 3.819
146 Tanzania 3.781
147 Madagascar 3.681
148 Central African Republic 3.678
149 Chad 3.667
150 Guinea 3.656
151 Ivory Coast 3.655
152 Burkina Faso 3.587
153 Afghanistan 3.575
154 Rwanda 3.465
155 Benin 3.34
156 Syria 3.006
157 Burundi 2.906
158 Togo 2.839

Download the full World Happiness Report 2015.




El ranking no es muy fiable porque venezuela està el 23 y españa el 36 . No conocen la realidad de venezuela...!

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