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    Never been in Iceland (it is the only Nordic country I have not yet visited). But I have read lots about it and discussed with people who have been there.

    Listing some place/people the most happy is always subjective.
    No doubt native Icelanders are happy about their home country. Why would't they? Still would (for example) average German (who has lived his whole live in bigger city) be happy in Iceland? Vacation/short period? Probable, but longer time ... I wonder.

    Different people prefer/likes different things. Some needs more ''material things'' to feel happy, some others are accepting decent/good enough living conditions incl. cleaner nature, lots of space around, no noises etc.

    Personally I have always adored NZ (about its nature). I wonder how happy those Kiwis are....

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    On the other hand ...

    Almost one in ten Icelanders suffer from depression, fourth highest rate in Europe

    Almost one in ten Icelanders experience symptoms of depression. Young women are most likely to feel depressed: almost 18% of all girls and women aged 15-24 report to experience symptoms of depression, the highest rate in Europe. According to the European Health Interview Survey in 2015 Iceland had the fourth highest proportion of people with depressive symptoms.

    Doesn't this just sum up the perils of the Internet, where you can find data to fit almost any argument

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godwinson View Post
    [CENTER]On the other hand ...



    Doesn't this just sum up the perils of the Internet, where you can find data to fit almost any argument
    Or maybe it just shows...how "unhappy" others really needs to be ... no matter will they eat medicines for it or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Finnish Swede View Post
    No doubt native Icelanders are happy about their home country. Why would't they? Still would (for example) average German (who has lived his whole live in bigger city) be happy in Iceland? Vacation/short period? Probable, but longer time ... I wonder
    The answer is: most likely yes.

    Germany experiences a weird phenomenon (wrongly) dubbed "nostalgia" for the countryside.
    People move increasingly from cities to small villages, specially younger people with children, although it can be tough to find kindergarden places and schools for them. All the luxury from cities, the supermarket and everything is far away then, people chose to farm their own land or at least grow some veggies and other minor stuff themselves, some try to really do small farm business with cattles etc.

    It's a variety of reasons that drive people out of the cities, from bad quality mass-products to high rents, shortage of flats/houses in general, they have anyway long ways to go to work so you can just as well move way out, many jobs dont require you to be in the company every day either, the internet opened some doors there. While most dont say it directly, the high number of immigrants roaming the streets, in schools and the resulting low quality education, the unsafety to walk the streets and your dog, generally high crime rates etc is also a reason. And the most named factor is the anonymity in cities. People want to know their neighbours. They seek places where they can socialise with their neighbours again.

    Older people, already pensioners and/or physically limited, on the other hand often move to cities, straight into the city center, reducing the ways they have to walk to doctors, shops etc, seeking to maintain a certain independence as long as possible. But they too complain about the anonymity that comes with city life. So this trend of old people moving to the cities may cease again.

    Many emigrants from Germany already live in Iceland, keeping sheep, breeding horses and what not, chosing a tough farmer life over luxury. Other German emigrants move in rows to New Zealand, Canada or other generally "rural structured" countries for the same reasons, even Russia has become sort of attractive recently. One family said you cant raise children in Germany anymore so we moved to Canada.

    It's really a problem for Germany, because those who want family are emigrating in rows...
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