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Commenting article: Bulgarians Lead Ranking of Miserable People in Europe - Poll

People who live in Northern Europe are the happiest among the continent's inhabitants, while those from the Balkans are most unhappy, a poll focused on the way of life in different European countries reveals.

The poll was conducted by the European Union (EU) trough an agency with headquarters in Dublin. The poll's data shows that overall people in Europe are satisfied with their quality of life.
CJB - 20 Nov 2008 // 16:02:44

Tell us something we don't know.

CreepyS - 20 Nov 2008 // 16:21:39

ok. Did you know that every year Princeton students travel to New Jersey prison to play chess with inmates? This year 12 out of 46 inmates won.

As you can guess, Bulgaria is also in this news

"I feel great, baby!" exulted Alonzo Hill, breaking into dance worthy of an NFL touchdown celebration after defeating Atanas Petkov, a Princeton student from Bulgaria. "He got the Princeton shirt on: He the Princeton dude, and I beat him! I did good!" Hill, 39, is serving five consecutive life terms for his role in a carjacking murder.

This guy Petkov is certainly not a part of the BG brain drain - he must have been dumb already before leaving BG.

Taro - 20 Nov 2008 // 16:33:07

Did they also ask those kind of Bulgarians driving in big Mercedes, Audis and BMW?!
Living in all the mansions at the foot of Vitosha mountain or with seaview in Varna?!

But maybe they are complaining and whining too. There is always something...

Becoming rich is like drinking salty water. - You will get more thirsty the more you drink...


viking - 20 Nov 2008 // 16:43:34


Great story but if you read down it does say,
"Each of the students played as many as nine inmates simultaneously, quickly moving down the line, making moves at each board, leaving the inmates several minutes to plot their next chess moves."
This could be difficult for a younger, less experienced player or one who does not play a speed version of chess.

Dutch - 20 Nov 2008 // 16:55:43

It may be very well possible that those driving the big, fancy cars are living a more miserable life than they would like to and anyone looking up to them thinks..

WickedWitch - 20 Nov 2008 // 17:12:02

Unless they have connections with the kleptocracy, even the richer Bulgarians are generally less happy than your average middle-class Westerner. And when I say "less happy" I mean "way more miserable".

CreepyS - 20 Nov 2008 // 17:14:45

Hi viking,

If some of the students agreed to play 9 people at a time they certainly thought they can play the game well.

Anyway chess is not a good game for Bulgarians because when you lose you cant blame anyone esle but yourself.

CreepyS - 20 Nov 2008 // 17:23:23

I myself didnt see many happy people in Belgium or in Germany or in Denmark for that matter - in fact they complain a lot, only that the rich ones complain more about miserable private lives and relations than other things.

FIGMENT - 20 Nov 2008 // 17:51:05


He was dumb, but his father is a mutra with deep pockets to be able to afford Princeton. Well, that explains it then mutra=dumb. lol

Just like WW whose mutra father sent her to a US university, but she was too dumb to get into Princeton.

WickedWitch - 20 Nov 2008 // 18:04:03

Oh, silly little Figgy-poodin'.

My father is the antithesis of a mutra. Also, I pretty much put myself through college. I had the test scores to go to Cambridge when I was 16 but wasn't offered a scholarship.

FIGMENT - 20 Nov 2008 // 18:08:47

Bulgaria is a tolerable country, but the problem is, it is full of Bulgarians. I guess if you don't speak their language and they don't speak yours, you can possibly avoid all their misery and whining. Otherwise, you are fcuked. Why would anyone marry a miserable, whining Bulgarian is beyond me.

FIGMENT - 20 Nov 2008 // 18:12:58


Really? If your father is the opposite of a mutra, then he must be an impoverished honest intellectual. I will probably like your father in real life. How did you get to this level of English language proficiency at 16? English High School in Bulgaria? Or did you take the Cambridge tests in Bulgarian?

viking - 20 Nov 2008 // 18:18:38

No wonder FIGMENT loves Bush and the Republicans!!
More free money for sitting on his/her/it's a$$!

"Bush would/will sign measure to extend jobless benefits"

Lazy, good for nothing, Chav!

WickedWitch - 20 Nov 2008 // 18:25:23


It's called "a lot of work". And while my dad might be far from impoverished, we've both paid our dues (most everyone in my family has).

FIGMENT - 20 Nov 2008 // 18:25:26


"Lazy, good for nothing, Chav!"

I know you are, but what am I? Not only are you a lazy, good-for-nothing chav now, you have been one all your life, pretending to be "working" at the Post Office. And going for sex tourism to Gabrovo! Degenerate imbecile!

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