When you truly want to calculate the level of taxing, you must also take in account the national debt. And then the level of taxing is significantly higher in USA than in Scandinavia. So there may be many depression as well. And there's no clues than being taxed even more would make theses american that you are talking about more happy.This doesn't really apply... unless you have stats that say more French people suffer from depression than in other, lower-taxed countries. I work very closely with colleagues in France, sending American students to study there, and my French colleagues are always astonished at how many American students report suffering from depression. I don't have stats, but I would be very surprised if the depression rate in France was more than in the US.
Yes, but it's related to the other problem. The french welfare system encourage irrsesponsability, so that people buy more antidepressant, and the cost of the reimbursement increases the problems of indebtedness, so that people are more despressed so that they take more antidepressant, etc. It's a vicious circle promoted by socialism.The difference is that French doctors are more likely to prescribe medications for ANY condition than American doctors. (I took a student to the doctor who had a common cold when I was working in France, and she came away with 3 prescriptions! A US doctor will basically prescribe rest and liquids for a cold.)