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North Korea is the second happiest place on earth, according to a new happiness index released by, you guessed it, North Korea.


China earned the No. 1 spot with a perfect score, according to the Chinese-language outlet Chaoxian, as reported by International Business Times. Those sad-faced Americans, with their silly democracy and freedom of speech, were last on the National Happiness Index in the 203rd spot. The U.S. didn’t even have a score. The top five is rounded out by Cuba, Iran, and Venezuela.


Are you getting the sense of a theme? It looks like North Korea feels its comrades are the happiest people on earth while the rest of the world lives in a gigantic tear-filled bubble. Good thing North Korea didn’t give themselves the No. 1 spot, or else people would get suspicious.


As the International Business Times reports, the actual source of the index is unknown. Some commenters said that only powerful North Koreans were allowed to vote, while others said it surveyed “people who did not know the world.”




North Korea's happiness index rank: China top, US bottom (Photos)


May 28, 2011 02:07 AM EDT


A Chinese media, Chaoxian.com.cn, reported on Thursday that North Korea's Chosun Central TV recently released the survey result of a 'Happiness Index (Gross National Happiness) of each nation,' which was conducted in North Korea.


According to the index, the happiest country in the world is China and North Korea is ranked no. 2. Interestingly, South Korea is ranked No.152 and the U.S. ranks last at No.203.


Chaoxian.com.cn sarcastically commented that "North Korea gladly gave the no. 1 spot to China and North Korea itself ranked no. 2. North Korea must be the happiest country in the universe."


China scored 100 points and was selected as the country where the happiest people live in and North Korea with 98 points, ranked at no. 2.


The top five rankings include Cuba (no. 3, 93 points), Iran (no.4, 88 points), and Venezuela (no.5, 85 points). South Korea, with 18 points, was placed at no.152 and the U.S. ranked no. 203 with its score not marked.


Free North Korea Broadcast, a South Korea based broadcast, commented that the North Koreans who are completely brainwashed, repeatedly proclaim "We are the happiest people in the world. I will trust ‘the General’ and always follow him only."


Some readers said the ranking is wrong as it seems to survey only those people who do not know the world. Therefore, precisely speaking, the happiness index of North Korea should be not no. 2 but no. 1 in their survey. Some even commented that the those who voted were not the common people but those who held power and authority in the government of North Korea.


Many Chinese have voiced their comments on the survey. Some of them include:


This happiness index refers to the government officials' happiness index in every country. - Leshanman


I seriously doubt on the authenticity of this rank and the IQ of the North Korean people. - taiyangfan


It's a good joke! - zengfugui


(China)is the first? Maybe it means the last? Why USA ranks 203? - bond99


Hehe, Talk sheer nonsense ... - xiaoxia


There is a minus before the rank number. It's actually - 100. - yueselansha


Kim Jong Il is a real sycophant today. - baimaojin

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