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January 25, 2011

You are unemployed - and you WILL BE HAPPY!!

Scandinavia is on occasion every so often brought up as the perfect societies where the government takes care of everyone so that no-one is left behind - and everyone is happy.  There are drawbacks, however: With increased benefits come increased government control - which is not always a good thing. 

The "We Know Better What is Good for You Than You Do" attitude goes overboard once in a while, as this article in the Danish newspaper "Politiken" highlightes.   http://politiken.dk/indland/ECE1229809/kommuner-tvinger-dagpengemodtagere-til-at-tage-lykkepiller/

The article describes how unemployed are forced to take antidepressants in order to stay eligible for unemployment benefits!!

This policy is most likely illegal and will be challenged -  but just the thought that someone in city hall thought that this would be OK to begin with just boggles the mind!!!