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The World Happiness Report was recently released to much fanfare, unleashing a firestorm of debate. Residents of countries are clamouring to find out where their country ranks on the list.

As expected, all of the countries with best life quality are on the top 10.

Finland, of course, ranks #1 happiest country in the world for the second consecutive year.

Something is definitely in the water in Northern Europe with Finland (1), Denmark (2), Norway (3), Iceland (4), the Netherlands (5), and Sweden (7) claiming most of the top 10 spots.

Switzerland (6), Austria (10), New Zealand (8) and finally Canada (9) round out the top 10.

It’s understandable for places in Northern Europe to rank so high on the Happiness Report.

Countries like Finland have some of the best social programs and healthcare in the world. What they might lack in decent weather they make up for with an incredible lifestyle.

Canada, on the other hand, is ranked so high because of similar reasons.

We have some of the lowest unemployment rates in the world, one of the best healthcare systems, our infrastructure (except Quebec…) is bar-none, and let’s not forget Canadians, unlike Americans, have no constitutional right to bear arms (sales and possession of firearms are permitted but tightly restricted,) hate propaganda is a criminal offence in Canada, and also, weed is legal.

It should be a point of pride for Canadians to rank so high on the Global Happiness Index amongst some of the world’s MOST HIGHLY regarded countries.

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Body by Glowie 

‘Cause I really wanna get to know it.

Unlike yesteryears, my blog is no longer a romantic diary (’cause I’ve been single for awhile now,) it’s not even 100% erotica anymore, but a composition of current topics. 

Sadly in the last few years, the political panorama took the spotlight because fascism is trying to comeback. And as much as I wish to not talk about that, I cannot pretend some egotistical maniacs are not affecting all of us.

And not only us, humans, but also animals and overall our ecosystem.

The ad below was banned in Iceland, because TRUTH hurts!

 

Deforestation is a political issue, and it should be A CRIME.

Trees are the lungs of the world and without them even we wouldn’t survive.

On the other hand, isn’t it Christmas time when we are supposed to think of helping others? Including animals? This ad is glorious and needs to go viral! 

Big time Sensuality by GENIUS Bjork

It takes courage to enjoy it, the hardcore and the gentle.

There is a mystical quality about snow and ice, which is perhaps is what makes Iceland such a captivating location. The peace of the majestic nature far away from crowded highways, insane consumerism and polluted cities. 

New York City based photographer and filmmaker Drew Doggett, managed to capture a sliver of this magic in his new photo series ‘In the Realm of Legends,’ documenting the wild horses that rove the island.

He found inspiration not only from his environment but from folklore tales.

It doesn’t take an art critic to see how the story of the mythological god, Odin’s, spirit animal, the eight-legged Icelandic horse Sleipnir, sparked this photographer’s imagination.

In fact, there are some who believe these enchanting horses are the “real-world” descendants of the mythical creature. Nevertheless, these horses are magnificent!

I think they’re really unicorns that were photoshopped with no horns to keep their secret.

20 years ago Björk unleashed her third album, Homogenic.

The album came out of an extraordinary four-year period that saw her first two albums (1993 Debut and 1995 Post) mesmerise music pundits.

Debut and Post were art-pop totems of the 1990s, but Homogenic was infinitely more experimental and introverted, arguably the antithesis of those two and personally my favourite.

Five singles took Homogenic’s message into the world, starting with “Jóga” at the outset of the fall of 1997 and continued on with “Bachelorette,” “Hunter” and “Alarm Call”. 

Sadly (because society is fucking basic) the commercial ground Björk had gained with her previous albums was summarily lost with Homogenic’s offerings.

But popular music trade and protocol were the least of Björk’s concerns, which is why she’s a real artist to me. Against the industry she made the music she felt, not whatever commercial imposed to her.

Homogenic was an album to be experienced in its entirety, and it cannot be touted as anything less than cinematic. 

The cover artwork for Homogenic is a story in and of itself. Björk approached two legends: photographer Nick Knight and the late fashion genius Alexander McQueen.

I have few favourites from the album, but Unravel was my everything! 

One of the most intriguing, innovative, unique, and out-there performers in music history. A TRUE original, Björk!

In the small fishing town of Ísafjörður, Iceland, an exciting development in road safety has just popped up,  almost literally.

A new pedestrian crossing has been painted that appears to be 3D by way of a cleverly-detailed optical illusion.

Not only does the innovative design give foot-travellers the feeling of walking on air, it also gets the attention of drivers, who will be sure to slow down their speed once they spot the seemingly floating ‘zebra stripes.’

Icelandic environmental commissioner Ralf Trylla called for its placement in Ísafjörður after seeing a similar project being carried out in New Delhi, India.

With the help of street painting company Vegmálun GÍH, his vision became a reality.

Although this looks like a good excuse to cause an accident, the idea is pretty clever.