The Jewish Chronicle - - FEATURES -

IS­RAEL is the world’s hap­pi­est coun­try — of­fi­cial. Or maybe should that be semi-of­fi­cial.

The Thai-based English lan­guage news­pa­per, the Asia Times, ran a col­umn this week claim­ing that Is­raelis love life and hate death more than any other na­tion.

The ev­i­dence for this comes not from in­ter­views with Is­raelis, which would no doubt pro­duce ev­i­dence to the con­trary, but rather by plot­ting the fer­til­ity rate ver­sus the sui­cide rate of 35 in­dus­tri­alised coun­tries. Is­rael stands alone in lov­ing life and hat­ing death.

The col­umn also points out that Is­raelis have a higher life ex­pectancy than ei­ther the Dutch or the Ger­mans.

There must be some­thing in the falafel.


Is­raelis: less mis­er­able than you might think

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