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Denmark Is Considered The Happiest Country. You’ll Never Guess Why.

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 24, 2013

Last month, Denmark was crowned the happiest country in the world.

“The top countries generally rank higher in all six of the key factors identified in the World Happiness Report,” wrote University of British Columbia economics professor John Helliwell, one of the report’s contributing authors. “Together, these six factors explain three quarters of differences in life evaluations across hundreds of countries and over the years.”

The six factors for a happy nation split evenly between concerns on a government- and on a human-scale. The happiest countries have in common a large GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy at birth and a lack of corruption in leadership. But also essential were three things over which individual citizens have a bit more control over: A sense of social support, freedom to make life choices and a culture of generosity.

“There is now a rising worldwide demand that policy be more closely aligned with what really matters to people as they themselves characterize their well-being,” economist Jeffrey Sachs said in a statement at the time of the report’s release. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 21, 2013

Idol series, one of several television shows that give formerly unknown persons an opportunity to become stars. The Idol series began in the United Kingdom and has since spread around the world – AustraliaSingaporeCanadaFranceGermanyIndia, the United StatesDenmarkNorwaythe NetherlandsFinlandSwedenSouth AfricaWest African countriesIndonesia, and many other countries. Japanese idol, a heavily promoted and merchandised singer or actor,a model that will later heavily influence the conception of “Idol” in Other Asian countries Pop Culture (Such as: Hong Kong,South KoreaTaiwanSingapore …).

Simon Cowell was given the role of judge on the first series of Pop Idol in the UK by then ITV Controller of Entertainment Claudia Rosencrantz in 2001, he was then judge on the first season of American Idol in 2002. With his notoriously critical reputation, Cowell is likened to TV personalities such as Judith Sheindlin and Anne Robinson. Cowell also appeared on the one-off World Idol programme in 2003, where it became clear that each country’s version of the Idol had attempted to come up with its own “Simon Cowell” type personality. In 2003, Cowell placed No 33 on Channel 4‘s list of the all-time 100 Worst Britons. Cowell’s S Records signed the top two finishers of the first season of Pop IdolWill Young and Gareth Gates, both of whom went on to have No 1 UK hits. Efforts begun in 2001 materialised in 2004, when Cowell returned to his group manufacturing roots with his latest brainchild, the internationally successful operatic pop group Il Divo, consisting of three opera singers and one pop singer of four different nationalities. Inspired by the success of Il Divo, Simon created a child version, Angelis, beating competition from many similar groups emerging at Christmas 2006.

On 11 January 2010, Cowell’s exit from American Idol was made official. The 2010 season was Cowell’s last on the show. It was also announced that FOX had acquired the rights to The X Factor USA, an American version of Cowell’s popular British show, The X Factor, which began in September 2011.

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Denmark Terrorism Trial: 4 Accused Of Targeting Event Attended By Crown Prince

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 13, 2012

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Four men charged with plotting a terror attack in Denmark were likely targeting an event that the crown prince was attending to retaliate for newspapers publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, prosecutors said.

At the start of a trial Friday in Copenhagen, prosecutors said evidence suggests the four men – three Swedish citizens and one Swedish resident – were planning a shooting spree at a newspaper building in Denmark during an annual sports award ceremony in December 2010.

Prosecutor Henrik Plaehn told the court there was no indication that Crown Prince Frederik was singled out, “but there are things that point to the event itself being a specific target.” Read the rest of this entry »

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World Happiness Report 2012: Scandinavian Countries Are Happiest On Earth (SLIDESHOW)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 7, 2012


Denmark has taken the top spot on the United Nation’s first ever World Happiness Report, followed by Finland, Norway and the Netherlands.

The 158-page report, published by Columbia University’s Earth Institute, was commissioned for the United Nations Conference on Happiness on Monday in order to “review the state of happiness in the world today and show how the new science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness.”

The rankings in the report were based on a number called the “life evaluation score,” a measurement which takes into account a variety of factors including people’s health, family and job security as well as social factors like political freedom and government corruption. It also looks at measurements from previous reports on happiness from the Gallup World Poll (GWP), the World Values Survey (WVS), the European Values Survey (EVS), and the European Social Survey (ESS). Read the rest of this entry »

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Princess Mary of Denmark’s Cleavage Distracts Husband Of Finland’s President (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 23, 2012

So funny:

Princess Mary of Denmark shared an awkward moment with the ‘first man’ of Finland, Pentti Arajarvi, when she appeared to catch him staring at her cleavage during a gala dinner.

The moment was caught on video – but bear in mind the camera can lie.

In the first few seconds, Arajarvi appears to stare at Princess Mary’s cleavage as she sits next to him in a low cut black dress. Read the rest of this entry »

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Helle Thorning-Schmidt Elected As Denmark’s First Female Prime Minister (Video)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 16, 2011

Lots of female leaders appeared this year. Congratula­tion and all the best!
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Bhanu Jayanti: Poetry recitation via Skype

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 16, 2011


ABERDEEN: The Organisation for Nepalis Culture and Welfare (ONCW) at Aberdeen, Scotland organised a poetry recitation programme through Skype on July 13. Poets from eight different countries recited their poem via Skype at the event organised to mark the 198th birth anniversary of Aadikavi Bhanu Bhakta Acharya.

According to a press release issued by the organisers, Byakul Maila, the creator of Nepali national anthem recited his poem via Skype live from Nepal. Meanwhile renowned Irish poet Kayal O’ Cerkayal recited poems of Nepali poet Bhupi Sherchan in Nepali, English and Irish. The press release quotes Cerkayal, “The literary works of Bhanu Bhakta, Laxmi Prasad Devkota, Gopal Prasad Rimal and Parijat should be promoted at the international level.”

Dr Kavita Ram Shrestha, Ram Kumar Shrestha and Durga Pokharel from Britain, Sailendra Sakar, Gyanendra Gadal, Gita Khatri and Puranaghare from America, Madhu Madhurya from Russia, Jagat Navodit from Italy, Brejesh Gautam from Denmark and Bishwodeep Tigela from Brunei were other poets who recited poems via Skype. Dipesh Regmi, the president of ONCW committed to promote the Nepali art, culture and literature in coming days as well. The programme that continued for almost three hours was screened using a projector.

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10 Countries With The Worst Income Inequality: OECD

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 24, 2011

No idea how to trust this.
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What’s the Happiest Country in the World? Not the United States

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 21, 2011


Courtesy of Gallup

Who’s the happiest, pluckiest ‘em of all? Not the red, white and blue.

So without taking a peek, NewsFeed is going to put our money on a Scandinavian country. Oh, what do we have here? Denmark is indeed the most “thriving” country in the world, according to a Gallup survey. Sweden, Canada, Australia and Finland also all join to round out the top five on the list.

(More on NewsFeedSee the most livable cities in the world)

That’s not to say the U.S. is significantly lagging, though it doesn’t crack the top 10. The land of the free and home of the brave comes in at 12th place, beating out Austria, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom. Fifty-nine percent of American citizens “rate their current lives a 7 or higher and their lives in five years an 8 or higher.” Still, it’s a fairly respectable showing. Read the rest of this entry »

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Survey: Which Countries Are Thriving Worldwide?

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 21, 2011

Some countries to be included not included and unnecessar­y countries included
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Bhutan dashes refugees’ home-coming dreams

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 17, 2011

KATHMANDUThousands of Bhutanese refugees living in miserable conditions in Nepal, India and elsewhere had their hopes of being able to return to their homeland dashed on Saturday as Bhutan’s Prime Minister Lyonchhen Jigmi Y Thinley said they would have to prove again that they were bona fide Bhutan citizens.

Thinley, who had arrived in Kathmandu Friday on a three-day visit, headed back for Thimphu on Saturday after talks with Nepal’s Prime Minister Jhala Nath Khanal on regional as well as bilateral issues. Over 105,000 Bhutanese refugees languishing in closed camps in Nepal since their eviction in the 1990s and almost 30,000 more living in India as well as members of the diaspora now scattered all over the world, had been heartened for a brief period after Thinley had agreed, on Nepal’s prodding, to resume talks to enable them to return home.

But the refugee euphoria vanished on Saturday when the Bhutanese premier refused to acknowledge them as citizens, instead alluding to them as “people in the refugee camps”. He also said his government is asking Nepal to undertake a fresh “examination” of the camp residents to see how many were bona fide nationals. “… Whether or not they are Bhutanese refugees is a subject of discussion,” he said.

This is the same ploy the Buddhist kingdom used in 2000 to stall the homecoming of the refugees, who comprise nearly one-fifth of the Bhutanese population. Despite an international outcry, Bhutan sought to categorise the camp residents into genuine citizens, those who had surrendered their citizenship voluntarily, non-Bhutanese and criminals. Bhutan insisted only the first category had the full right to return to Bhutan and understandably, the verification gave the certification to only a small percentage. Read the rest of this entry »

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NEPAL: Government to merge Bhutanese refugee camps

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 1, 2011

KATHMANDU, 28 February 2011 (IRIN) – The Nepalese government hopes to turn the seven Bhutanese refugee camps

Photo: David Swanson/IRIN Thousands of Bhutanese refugees have been resettled

in eastern Nepal into two over the next two years.

“Given the large number of people that have been resettled, this is a logical move,” Jay Mukunda Khanal, head of Nepal’s National Unit for the Coordination of Refugee Affairs, told IRIN, adding: “We hope to complete this effort by the end of 2012.”

Known as `Lhotsampas’ in Bhutan, the refugees are Bhutanese citizens of Nepalese origin who have been living in the camps since the early 1990s when some 108,000 fled to Nepal after being evicted from their homes by the Bhutanese government, which had passed a law stripping them of their citizenship.

According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), more than 43,500 Bhutanese refugees have been resettled in third countries since 2007.

As of 28 February, the USA had accepted the largest number (just over 37,000), followed by Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and the UK.

Currently there are 69,203 refugees in seven camps: Beldangi I, Beldangi II, Beldangi II extension, Khudunarabari, Timai and Goldhap (all in Jhapa District); and Sanischare (Morang District).
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Corrupt Nation Rankings Released

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 26, 2010

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30,000 refugees leave for US

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 2, 2010


The number of Bhutanese refugees who have departed Nepal for the United States is to reach 30,000 this week, the US embassy in Nepal said yesterday.

The United States along with the United Nations, International Organisation for Migration and a group of Western countries began resettling Bhutanese refugees in early 2008. Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, New Zealand and Britain are other countries receiving the refugees under the programme. Read the rest of this entry »

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World’s Happiest Countries: Gallup Survey (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 11, 2010

If you are not in the listed countries, do not worry. You could be happier than them. It’s up to you.
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