Icelandic Whispers

My happiness paper with Justin Wolfers has received a new lease of life. An article in the News Ltd press was picked up by the Guardian (sidenote – the quotes in the article don’t bear a great deal of resemblance to what I said in the interview). The Guardian’s report claimed that the two happiest countries in the world were Australia and Iceland. So no surprise that today, the Iceland Review has gotten hold of the story, where it has taken a new turn.

News station NFS, in turn, claims that the happiest Icelanders are to be found in Hómavík where the festival “Happy Days” will be held this coming weekend. Hólmavík, which has a population “close to four hundred” according to its website, is a fishing town in the north-western part of Iceland and boasts of a “shrimp factory” and “a good harbour”.

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4 Responses to Icelandic Whispers

  1. Peter says:

    It is hard to believe that a country which produced Bjork could be called “happy”!

  2. Fernando says:

    Congratulations for your study! I have just printed it and will read it carefully. I am a Brazilian living in Romania and now I am deeply concerned. You make me think about buying a ticket to Reikjavik next week! 🙂

  3. My happiness paper with Justin Wolfers. Impressive.

  4. cba says:

    population 400 hundred? is that statistically significant 😉

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