Norwegians count their blessings

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Norwegians count their blessings
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Norwegian law student Karen Nerbo summed up the feelings of many on Monday as her country was named the world’s happiest country.

“We have a lot of things to be happy about, our society is very open, we have everything that we need, there is not much to complain about,” said Nerbo, 22, walking down Oslo’s prime shopping avenue.

Norway pipped last year’s league leader Denmark to take the crown in the United Nations’ World Happiness Report 2017.

Piano teacher Elizabeth Eines hailed Norway’s cradle-to-grave welfare system as the reason.

“We don’t have to worry about stuff, if something bad will happen, we feel secure that we will be taken care of,” said Eines, 32.

The country of 5.2 million inhabitants largely avoided the 2008 financial crisis that hit the rest of the world thanks to high oil prices that boosted its leading industry, oil production.

And despite a halving of crude prices...

Norwegians count their blessings

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