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Originally posted by Rohdan
man I'm so glad that everything in the US and europe is working absoultely fine
Originally posted by Big Raging Loner
That's it I'm moving to Oz! Love a bit of human geography in the morning gets the brain active.
Scandinavia is not surprising to be in the top, but Sweden in particular has the highest tax rates in the world and also some of the highest suicide rates. Something to do with the lack of sunlight I'll bet, that's why Oz comes out on top for me!
Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by Chevalerous
I think that shows our Quality of Life is higher.. er.. we have fancy cars and big houses.. but our "way" of Life.... sucks.
Or maybe no one can possibly count suicide rates in a country like Sudan or Congo .. who knows.. but for such a happy advanced people, the Western World anymore is a Prozak society.
"The myth of Swedish suicide" has its roots in the late 1950s and a speech given by the then US President Dwight D. Eisenhower which had been based on an inaccurate briefing.
The President's speech was intended to paint a negative picture of Sweden, then a country advocating a brand of third-way cradle-to-the-grave socialism and adopting a stance of post-war neutrality outside NATO and US influence.
Since Eisenhower's speech many people have accepted the picture as fact and thus helped to perpetuate the myth.
'Anti-depressants cut suicides': Swedish study
The number of suicides reported among the Swedish adult population has declined considerably and anti-depressants are credited with saving up to 500-600 lives per annum, a new study argues.
In 1995 1,783 Swedes took their own lives. Ten years later the figure had declined to 1,451, a drop of 18 percent.
Over the same period the use of anti-depressant medication increased dramatically among the Swedish adult population.