Why Denmark?

I like Denmark, what is more, I am a big fan of Denmark. As liking is an emotion, here are some rationals. Here are five important facts why Denmark is a great place to live and study and work.

  1. Surveys show that Denmark is among the happiest countries in the world.  The first World Happiness Report was launched in 2012. Denmark ranked happiest country in the world for the third time in 2016. In 2017 Denmark was the second following Norway.
    Happiness is considered a proper measure of social progress and goal of public policy. National and local governments are using happiness data and research in their search for policies that could enable people to live better lives. The authors are careful to note that happiness is highly subjective, but they used three different aspects to try to come to a general measure of the feeling: residents’ evaluations of their situations, positive feelings about their lives (like joy and pride), and their negative ones (like anger and worry).
    University professor Kaare Christensen said Danes were “happy with what they got”. “Danes have no great expectations about what they do or what happens to them,” she added.
    Knud Christensen, a 39-year-old social worker from Copenhagen, explained why he thought the people in his country were so happy, “We have no worries. And if we do worry, it’s about the weather. Will it rain today, or remain grey, or will it be cold?”
  2. Education is top priority in Denmark. The country spends 8.8% of its GDP to public education. The average in the OECD countries is 5.1%. The Danish education system is among the world’s most successful, according to the global study issued in 2012. The Danish public schooling and education system is financed by taxes and therefore is free of charge.
    According to studyindenmark.dk “ In Denmark, higher education is focused on bringing about solutions for the real-world. Thus, traditional lectures are combined with industrial collaborations and teaching methods that promote students’ ability to use what they have learned and to turn new knowledge into innovative solutions.”
  3. Denmark is an eco-friendly country. Danes cycle everywhere. 50% of Copenhagen’s urban commuters travel by bike. This means more daylight, more fresh air, fewer traffic jams, less stress, lower fuel costs, more human interaction, and free exercise. As a matter of fact, cycling is part of the Danish way of life. Danes really care about sustainability. Half of domestic electricity production will be wind power by 2020, biomass is the largest renewable energy source at 70%. By 2050 Denmark is aiming for total energy supply based on renewables.
  4. Gastronomy. In the last 10 years, the world has experienced a culinary revolution originating in Denmark. The most important restaurant in the world right now is Noma, the name being a contraction of the Danish words for ‘Nordic’ and ‘Food’. Charismatic young chef René Redzepi has turned Danish food upside down. Together with his partner at Noma, Claus Meyer, he has practically invented and popularized the idea of Nordic cuisine: New Nordic Cuisine However, there is no need to get on a waiting list to experience what is (literally) on everyone’s lips. Everywhere in Denmark, foodies can expect to be blown away by the next generation of Danish chefs and their quest for new, local recipes to delight us. Not to mention the more traditional classics experiencing a real revival. A good example is the traditional Danish lunch ‘smørrebrød’; a delicately garnished open sandwich on dark rye bread, which is available in every city all over Denmark. For those who are interested in culinary Copenhagen is fantastic, however Denmark has a lot more to offer than the capital cuisine. The second-largest city of Denmark, Aarhus, can also boast of three Michelin stars of its restaurants.
  5. Danes are focusing on work-life balance. According to the OECD Better Life report, Danes have a better work-life balance than any other country surveyed. Only 2% of employees regularly work very long hours, which isn’t much when you compare it with the OECD average of 13%. Instead, they spend around two-thirds of their day (16 hours) eating, sleeping and indulging in leisurely pursuits.According to the Danes themselves, the key is to prioritize life over work. And when they are at work, they enjoy a high degree of flexibility. They can often choose when they start their working day and have the option of working from home. The lunch break is often at a designated time each day, enabling colleagues to interact and eat together, thus enabling them to leave their desks. There is a minimum five weeks’ paid holiday.Danish lifestyle choices are reflected in their attitudes, as recorded by the survey. When you look at what is important to Danish citizens, jobs and income are much lower down the list than health, education, the environment and work-life balance.










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