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China is wealthy but unhappy

Mar. 10 (Guardian/by Isabel Hilton): Earlier this week, China’s censors issued an order: “All websites are requested to immediately remove the story ‘In China 94% Are Unhappy; Top-Heavy Concentration of Wealth’ and related information. Forums, blogs, microblogs, and other interactive spaces are not to discuss the matter.”

The figures came from a global Gallup Poll in which Denmark scored an impressive 82% of respondents who described themselves as happy. In China only 6% said they were, ranking the country 125th. China’s least happy respondents lived in the first-tier cities, where people are relatively better off. Results like this are not very good news for a government whose legitimacy for the past 30 years has rested on rising living standards.

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