Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Prosperity and Rich do not mean Happiness

A good friend left our company today. He has been a great colleague with a father-like figure as he is 60 years young. A Polish man, Aussie by citizenship with polished life.
He is contented with his life and very generous with his knowledge.
He has been transferring his expertise to me in various utility and infrastructure fields, as well as civil and mechanical. He is a walking encyclopedia. It is an honour to know this gentleman.

With him around, the office atmosphere has been very electrifying and alive. We have had numerous fights on various issues but at the end of the day, were all in a day's work.

He always reminds me about life in different perspectives. He is an avid Anwar's supporter and very much fond of Wan Azizah's strength in facing hard time during the reformasi days.

More prosperity and happiness for him in his new phase of life.

And there was a good report on BBC channel today regarding the world's prosperity index.

The ranking:-
1. Australia
2. Austria
3. Finland
4. Germany
5. Singapore
6. United States
7. Switzerland
8. Hong Kong
9. Denmark
10. New Zealand

Down the list
28. United Arab Emirates
29. Malaysia


What about the most happiest nation?

Recently, a poll was conducted and those polled were asked just two questions to assess their contentment.
1. 'Taking all things together, would you say you are very happy, rather happy, not very happy, or not at all happy?'
2. 'All things considered, how satisfied are you with your life as a whole these days?'

According to the world map of happiness,


  1. Denmark
  2. Puerto Rico
  3. Colombia
  4. Iceland
  5. N. Ireland
  6. Republic of Ireland
  7. Switzerland
  8. Netherlands
  9. Canada
  10. Austria
Find Malaysia in the ranking below.

Prosperity does not necessarily mean rich and wealthy.
Here is a top 10 list of worlds richest countries according to CIA World Factbook

10. Switzerland - $39,800 (GDP per capita)

9. Equatorial Guinea - $44,100

8. Ireland - $45,600

7. United States - $46,000

6. Singapore - $48,900
This country tiny country consist of 63 island and some mainland with a total area of only 270 square miles (704 sq km). With Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan it is considered one of the Four Asian Tigers.
Singapore has the busiest port in the world and is the 4th largest foreign exchange trading center in the world. Singapore is widely believed to be the most business-friendly economy in the world.

5. United Arab Emirates - $55,200
This oil and natural gas rich country has a highly developed economy which makes it one of the most developed in the world. Having more money than they know what to do with, they have built numerous artificial islands and are currently building the worlds highest structure - Burj
. When finished it will be 818 meters tall, being about 2 times as high as the Empire State Building in New York. It is estimated that about 1/4th of the total construction going on in the world is taking place in Dubai - the largest city in United Arab Emirates.

4. Kuwait - $55,300
In Arabic Kuwait translates to “Fortress built near water”. In addition to being on the coast of the Persian Gulf this country has well known neighbors like Saudi Arabia and Iraq. Kuwait has the worlds fifth largest proven oil reserves - about 10% of the worlds total. Being a country without taxes, about 80% of the government's revenue comes from exporting oil. Having the the second-most free economy in the Middle East, Kuwait has one of the fastest growing economies in the region.

3. Norway - $55,600

2. Qatar - $75,900
This Arabic speaking country has less than million people and gained independence from Great Britain only in 1971. Qatar used to be a poor Islamic country but since the discovery of oil and natural gas in the 1940s, it is completely transformed. With no income tax it is one of the least taxed countries in the world, while still offering most of its services to the population for free. (Who needs tax when you have all this oil and gas money coming in)

1. Luxembourg - $80,800

This tiny country with a total population of less than 500,000 is a true European miracle. By tiny we mean the 8 smallest country in the world. From top to bottom it’s only about 50 miles and at its widest about 30 miles.


spacious moments said...

Someone much like the father-like 60 years young Polish man that you described in your post once said to me:

"If you are happy and contended with your current lifestyle and can accept the fact that you already have everything that you ever need to live although not everything that you desire you are already a wealthy man".

Pentilium5 said...

after the banking fallout last week, i dont think Iceland still rank as one of the happiest countries in the world, IMF is ready to provide them with financial assistance to buy necessary goods.... pity them, darn the Americans