The Norse, of course, are the happiest people on Earth

Various media outlets featured a United Nations report co-authored by John Helliwell, a UBC economics professor emeritus, that found Norway is the happiest of 155 ranked countries.

Helliwell said that by choosing to invest the proceeds of oil for the benefit of future generations, Norway is protected from the unpredictable ups and downs of many other oil-rich economies.

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