En konkurrence om lykke: En moralfilosofisk kritik af World Happiness Report og mediernes fremstilling af lykke

Pernille Nakskov Petersen, Victoria Linnet Aspestrand Lauridsen, Clara Bergmann Hannibal, Mathilde Winther Krarup, Luna Bech Olesen & Kamma Aziza Strube-Weber

Studenteropgave: Basisprojekt


This study focuses on the subject of Happiness and the UN World Happiness Report from 2017. The project is based upon definitions of the concept of happiness among the two moral philosophers: Aristotle and Jeremy Bentham. Therefore, the paper contains a presentation of the thoughts included in the books: “An Introduction to the Principles of Morals and Legislation” by Jeremy Bentham, and “Etikken” by Aristotle. The philosophers are used in comparison to the World Happiness Reports definition of happiness.    
Furthermore, the study contains a framing analysis of three Danish newspaper articles which show how the Danish media showcases the World Happiness Report and happiness in general. The framing analysis is created from the theories of Robert Entman presented in his study: “Framing towards clarification of a fractured paradigm”.    
We will analyse the six “happiness variables” from the report, based on our two elected philosopher’s interpretations of happiness. In our project, we come to the conclusion, that the framing of the report in the danish media, interpreter the World Happiness Report as a competition amongst 155 countries.
Due to moralphilosophie aspects, we conclude that the World Happiness report does not match up to its original purpose - to help countries improve happiness for the community. Instead, the World Happiness Report and happiness in general has evolved into a Worldwide competition.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato19 dec. 2017
Antal sider57
VejledereFrej Daniel Hertz


  • Lykke
  • Aristoteles
  • SDSN
  • World Happiness Report
  • Jeremy Bentham
  • Framing
  • Happiness
  • Entman