North Korea Is 2nd-Happiest Nation: North Korea

America, of course, is dead last
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2011 11:47 AM CDT
North Koreans visit the statue of President Kim Il Sung on Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, North Korea, in this photo from the state-run Korean Central News Agency.   (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency via Korea News Service)

(Newser) – A new highly credible study from the North Korean government has discovered that it is—surprise!—the second-happiest nation on Earth, behind only China, according to the Shanghaiist. Apparently starvation, poverty, and rampant oppression didn’t stop the nation from earning 98 out of 100 happiness points, behind China’s 100. It was followed on the list by Cuba, Iran, and Venezuela.

Given that murderers' row, it probably shouldn’t surprise you that “The American Empire” came in dead last with three meager happiness points, and that neighboring South Korea was in 152nd with only 18 points. Of course, as NPR points out, when you refer to Kim Jong Il as the “son of God” and routinely declare weird miracles on his birthday, a little fake research “probably shouldn’t be too much of a shock.”

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