June 03, 2011 10:47
North Korea's Central TV recently invented its own politically expedient global happiness index, claiming China is the world's happiest country, followed by North Korea, NBC reported Tuesday.
China topped the list as the happiest country on earth with 100 points out of 100, trailed by North Korea with 98. Other thorns in the U.S.' side were next, with Cuba scoring 93 points, Iran 88 points and Venezuela 85 points.
South Korea came 152nd with 18 points and the U.S. finished 203rd with a mere 2 points.
NBC was unable to find a full list of countries on any Chinese website, where the "findings" have been gleefully embraced. It was also unable to find the survey criteria and sources of data.
Chinese Netizens were amused because Beijing has been conducting its own massive "happiness campaign" since March, NBC said, and posters suggested the North must have learned the art of bluffing from China.
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