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Is Bhutan-style happiness transferable?

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THE GUARDIAN - Bhutan, a tiny nation in the Himalayas with a population of about 700,000, is the only country that measures its progress by the level of happiness among its citizens.

The term gross national happiness (GNH) was coined by Bhutan's King Jigme Singye Wangchuck in 1972. In 2008, Jigmi Y Thinley, the prime minister, launched a GNH index to guide public policy.

According to the official website of GNH, GDP-based indicators promote rapid material progress at the expense of "environmental preservation, cultures, and community cohesion", the key objectives of GNH.

These seem to me extremely conservative values. They brought to mind the essence of David Cameron's speech in Munich against multiculturalism.


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