Is Israel the world’s happiest country?

Mark Falcoff took a look at the University of Leicester’s national Happiness Index for us yesterday. By the University of Leicester’s calculations, Denmark comes in first. Reader Gene Schwimmer points out that the pseudonymous Spengler argued in a recent Asia Times column that Israel is the world’s happiest country. Based on his plotting of fertility rates and suicide rates in 35 industrial countries (“loving life versus loving death”), Spengler argues that “Israelis appear to love life and hate death more than any other nation.” By Spengler’s reckoning, the United States comes in second and Denmark sixth.

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