Wry & Dry

Happiness is where Lego is

W&D is pleased to announce that Denmark has reclaimed its place as the world’s happiest country, according to the fourth World Happiness Report, released on Wednesday.

World Happiness 2

Social writers have been pouring over the underlying data to ascertain what makes people happy.  And came up with the usual factors (a high R-squared for those who understand such things), such as high GDP per capita; low corruption; healthy life expectancy; freedom to make life choices; generosity; etc.  

The altruistic New York Times points to 'equality' as a critical factor.  Which is weird, as most people in the low ranked countries are equally unhappy.

W&D sees things differently.  To be in the world's top 10 countries for happiness, a country should have a flag that has a cross in it.  Especially a cross that is slightly off-centre.  And so W&D fears that if New Zealand changes its flag it will fall from the top 10.  As this is probably the only one of two statistics (the other involving sheep...) that New Zealand lies in the global top 10, this would, indeed, be a tragedy.

And, of course, the #1 place-winner, Denmark, has Crown Princess Mary of Oz as the wife of its Crown Prince.  W&D's readers will know this to mean that when her husband becomes King, she will become Queen Consort.  Her Royal Highness was (a) a real estate agent in Double Bay, a suburb in Sydney and (b) was born in Tasmania.  And noting the New York Times' analysis, both items of which must surely point to Denmark's sense of equality. [2] 

-       Anthony Starkins

[1]  Alphonse Capone was an American gangster who attained fame during the Prohibition Era the boss of the Chicago Outfit.  He was charged with tax evasion in 1931 and sentenced to 11 years in the slammer.  After release from prison he was diagnosed with syphilitic dementia, with the mental capacity of a 12-year-old child.  He died in 1947. 

[2]  The Danish Royal Family has a history almost as rich as that of the British Royal Family.  And it has supplied its princesses to most other European royal houses: Christian IX became known as the 'father-in-law' of Europe.  Daughter Princess Alexandra married Edward VII of England; Princess Dagmar married Czar Alexander III of Russia; Princess Thyra married the Duke of Cumberland, their son became King George I of Greece.  And Christian's grandson, Carl, became King of Norway. 

Most of the members of the now deposed Royal Family of Greece hold the title of Prince or Princess of Greece and Denmark with the qualification of His or Her Highness, pursuant to the Royal Cabinet Order of 1774 and as agnatic descendants of the aforesaid George I of Greece, who, as the son of the future King Christian IX of Denmark, was (and remained) a "Prince of Denmark" prior to his accession to the throne of Greece in 1863. 

W&D's readers will be aware that Shakespeare's Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, has no historical basis, being based upon Amieth, a figure of medieval Scandinavian legend.