Study Says Wealthier Countries Listen To More Metal

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By Nadia Noir

Maybe it’s because they sold their soul to the devil, but apparently heshers not only have better hair than other rock and roll lovers—they make more money, too.

At least that’s the conclusion of new study that was released from CityLab (via Antiquiet). According to this study, the countries with the most heavy metal bands are actually the richest and happiest. According to Metal Injection, Sweden, Norway and Finland have the most amount of metal bands per capita and we’ve all seen how hot people from Sweden turn out. Like, are they even human?

Here’s what the study has to say:

“At the country-level, the number of heavy metal bands per capita is positively associated with economic output per capita (.71); level of creativity (.71) and entrepreneurship (.66); share of adults that hold college degrees (.68); as well as overall levels of human development (.79), well-being, and satisfaction with life (.60).”

Antiquiet points out that these countries also just have better economies in general and social structures like sustainable healthcare and awesome education.

This doesn’t really explain why a happy, wealthy nation would like heavy metal more, but maybe it has something to do with the relaxing (yes, we said relaxing) musical attributes of metal that borrow from classical music.

In the meantime, we’re going to go listen to some Black Sabbath.

 

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