In 2013, a Unicef report rated Dutch children the happiest in the world. According to researchers, Dutch kids are ahead of their peers in childhood well-being when compared with 29 of the world’s richest industrialized countries. The United Kingdom came 16th and the United States ranked 26th, just above Lithuania, Latvia and Romania – the three poorest countries in the survey. Children from the Netherlands were in the top five in each of the categories assessed: material well-being; health and safety; education; behaviors and risks; and housing and environment. What are the things that set Dutch children apart from those in the UK and the US? On September 18 we’ll discuss these topics and more with “The Happiest Kids in the World” authors Rina Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchison.
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