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InternationalHappy Norway

May 1, 2017

Norwegian children in safety vest at the royal palace in Oslo

Norwegian children in safety vest at the royal palace in Oslo








Every March, for the International Day of Happiness, the United Nations (UN) chooses the happiest countries in the world. This year, Norway was first. Denmark was second followed by Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, and Netherlands.
Norway, along with the other happy countries provide many benefits for their citizens. People live long, healthy lives. They go to good schools and find work. They have freedom and share a common purpose.
So why was Norway number one?
Norway is rich because of oil. However, according to experts, Norway is successful because it manages its oil money differently from other countries.
Norway only allows 4% of oil income into the country. This is important for two reasons. First, the limit on oil income allows many industries to grow successfully. Second, Norway’s economy is not dependent on oil.
With the rest of the 96% of the oil money, Norway is investing in the future for its citizens. This money is going into a special savings account. When oil is gone, Norway can continue to support the well-being of its citizens. The fund now has $890 billion dollars in it.
Norwegians are happy because they have a good life now. They are happy because their future generations will also have a good life. They are the happiest people in the world.

Photographer: Terrie Rae Anderson

Published May 2017

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