Denmark may usually top the lists of the world’s happiest countries but it is important to understand that these rankings are based on averages. Ufabet. For instance, in the latest World Happiness Report. Danes reported an average of 7.5 on a scale from o to 10.
Denmark: The world’s happiest countries on earth?
It is four o’clock in the afternoon in Copenhagen. The streets are alive with cyclists, as people leave the office to pick up their children from school.
A couple who are sharing their fifty-two weeks of paid maternity and paternity leave are strolling along the waterfront. A group of students are swimming in the clean water in the harbour, carefree, because not only are there no university tuition fees, students also receive the equivalent of £590 (after tax) every month from the government. Everything runs smoothly in Denmark. Well, almost. Four years ago, one train did arrive five minutes late. The passengers each got a letter of apology from the prime minister are a designer chair of their choice as compensation.
With headlines like these over the last ten years, it may be easy imagine Denmark as some sort of utopia.
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It is unsurprising that a peaceful country, where there is free and universal health care, where your kids can go to university no matter how much money you earn and where little girls can imagine themselves prime minister should be one of the happiest countries in the world, according to the World Happiness Reports commissioned by the United Nations.
Does this mean that Denmark is a perfect society?
No. but it absolutely true that Denmark provides relatively good conditions for its citizens to enjoy a relatively high level of quality of life and happiness. Although Japan had the longest average life expectancy in the world last year, but it doesn’t mean that every Japanese person lives to exactly 83.7 years of age.
It means that while some things work extremely well, other things are rotten in the state of Denmark. Scandinavian countries may do well in the happiness rankings – but neither Danes, Norwegians nor Swedes hold a monopoly on happiness. Living Denmark has taught me that, while we can all learn a lot from the Scandinavian countries when it comes to quality of life, we can find Toons in happiness from people from all over the world. The keys to happiness are buried around the world, and it is our job to gather them up.