Actually, my title is misleading. It’s not that Germans are necessarily unhappy, it’s that they are significantly less happy that they were in 2020. That’s according to a UN study, which surveys the level of happiness among citizens of various countries.
Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this article from Der Wochenblick:
According to a UN study: Germans and Austrians are becoming increasingly unhappy
In the mainstream media, it is repeatedly claimed like a mantra that we are doing better than ever, that everyone is so happy. And politicians from the old parties regularly strive to create a picture of the population that agrees on this — perhaps with the exception of a few constantly nagging critics of the system, who it is best not to listen to. Anyone who expresses criticism is quickly stigmatized as an enemy of the constitution or as a “Schwurbler”. [someone who speaks without any facts or knowledge of the subject he or she is talking about, i.e. the political elite] But can the alleged satisfaction be maintained in the long term? A study by the UN raises doubts.
By Achim Baumann
The United Nations (UN) has now presented the current “World Happiness Report” (WHR). It is about the satisfaction of the citizens of a country. The basis of the ranking, which was created for the tenth time by the “UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network”, is a sophisticated evaluation system that measures the “subjective self-perception of one’s own existence” as well as “positive and negative emotions”. In other words: how satisfied the citizen actually is.
Finland again in first place in the ranking
At the top are Finland, Denmark, Iceland and Switzerland, followed by the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Israel and New Zealand.
Please note: The statistics were created before the Russo-Ukrainian war and reflect the feeling of satisfaction for the year 2021. Possible threat scenarios played no role in the preparation of the statistics. Finland is the winner again. The Finns were already five times more satisfied than other citizens in the world, the ranking includes a total of 146 countries.
Germany and Austria slipped
While Germany’s neighbor Luxembourg ranks 6th, Austria and Germany only follow in 11th and 14th place. Now, 11th and 14th place may not look bad, after all there are around 130 places behind them. But Germany, for example, has slipped from 7th place to 14th place. This clearly shows that the citizens of the Federal Republic have become considerably less satisfied. And Austria slipped, albeit only marginally, from 10th to 11th place. But here, too, the trend is downwards.
The evaluation criteria: not just simply counted feelings of happiness
The very different evaluation criteria include above all social cohesion, life expectancy, gross domestic product and the corruption perception index. And the political system and geographical or climatic influences are also taken into account. In the study, “satisfaction” is not only an indicator of subjective feelings of happiness, but the ranking also allows conclusions to be drawn about satisfaction with social and political conditions.
What explains the increasing dissatisfaction?
In terms of gross domestic product, Germany’s economy is the largest in Europe and the fourth largest in the world. Its citizens should actually be doing well and there should be a strong sense of satisfaction. But that is by no means the case. The declining feeling of togetherness that has now been documented again, the keyword being the division of society into the vaccinated and the unvaccinated, or the increasing detachment of the political-media caste lead to dissatisfied citizens — just think of the suggestion by former Federal President Gauck that because of the war in Ukraine one should be willing to freeze a little and save energy.
Corruption and Scandals
The increasing unscrupulousness of the establishment, which often borders on corruption — see, for example, the mask scandals of people with CDU/CSU party membership — lead to more dissatisfaction according to the evaluation criteria. And the feeling of freedom was also given a special rating this time because of the Corona pandemic. So it’s no wonder that citizens are less satisfied with the corona measures restricting freedom of vaccination-fanatic politics. So it’s not surprising that the mainstream media hardly addressed the slide down seven places or at least didn’t analyze possible reasons. They must have their reasons…
Afterword from the translator:
The forecast for 2022 is likely to be even more “unfortunate”. With rising energy prices, satisfaction will drop to freezing point. Other high taxes and duties will not bring a smile to their faces or mine — rising rents, food prices and government dictates are not conducive to a good mood.
But what do I know? I’m just a tax-cow that can be milked and bled dry for the “happiness” of the select few.
Although there’s a simple solution — NO Government, no NWO, no interference in our daily lives.
Aristotle said, “Happiness belongs to the self sufficient.” and “Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”
Just imagine what would happen if people take this to heart? All those parasites in government and Bureaucracy and the mainstream media would be out of business.