5 Reasons Why Denmark is the Happiest Country in the World………..According to Yours Truly
I have visited more than 50 countries and Denmark is in my top 5 places to visit! I now know why they are voted the happiest country in the world! In no particular order, here you go………
Previously Denmark was a meat an potato kinda country, like Germany. In recent years, however, they have revamped the their food scene. You can still get traditional dishes like Pølsers and Smørrebrød. But imagine getting these dishes totally revamped on a whole other level.
If you are ever in Copenhagen stop by Copenhagen Street Food on Paper Island. There use to be an old building that stored paper on the island, hence the name Paper Island, but today this building is a foodie lovers dream. Inside you can find so many different varieties of food stalls serving fresh, quality food! Want Korean? No problem! Chinese, Italian, Indian, Brazilian, Mexican….NO PROBLEM! You can find pulled duck burgers, duck fat fried french fries, crepes, ice cream, cheesecake…..and you can wash it all down with wine, cocktails, beer and/or coffee!!! All this under one roof makes me HAPPY!! GO, you wont regret it.
2. Freetown Christiania
If you haven’t heard about this “free” town look it up. Located in Copenhagen, Freetown Christiania, used to be a military base until the 1970s, then a group of hippies squatted in the place and created the neighborhood. Today about 800 people live here and are known for their artistic work in building handmade homes and creating some of the best graffiti in the city.
Christiania is very famous for its open cannabis trade, which takes place in the center of town on Pusher Street (no photos and no running allowed here), which is also called the Green Light District. Although the selling of any kind of drugs is strictly prohibited in Denmark, authorities haven’t been able to shut it down here. Many raids have taken place but the “pushers” just end up setting up shop again. The town is car-free, has many restaurants and is also known for its autonomous inhabitants’ different way of life as they have developed their own set of society rules, completely independent of the Danish government. Many locals and tourist go here to get away from the city life, relax and i’m sure to take part in extracurricular activities. which will make anyone happy!!
3. The Beer
I personally am not much of a beer person, but Denmark has 4 of the best Breweries in the world. The have also taken the craft beer scene by storm!! If you really love beer this is would be your happy place!!
4. Trusting Government
Denmark and New Zealand are the two least corrupt countries in the world. The gap between rich and poor is one of the lowest in the world as well. The Queen is adored and the Danes actually trust their government officials, can you say that??? The government truly cares about its citizens….so much so that everyone gets free education, including a monthly stipend if you choose to got to college. Healthcare is totally free. The government has even assisted with public transportation by installing rental bike racks all over the city. And the costs is about the same as taking the train.
The government also made it a law that 25% of all new housing must be dedicated to keeping the rent down for the lower class. The government even installed 3 “Injection Rooms” across the city so that drug users could use drugs anonymously and safely (nurses are on duty 24 hours) and not leave needles on the streets neighborhood kids to play with. It was very controversial, however, no needles have been found on the streets and no one has died of an overdoes since they have been opened the rooms. Investing and saving lives without judgement make me happy!
5. Danish Outlook on Life
From what I could tell the Danes are always happy. Always nice and friendly when I needed directions or when I inquired about a dish I wanted to try. With short summers, long, cold winters and the rainy season in-between, many might say there’s nothing happy about that, but the Danes say, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, there’s only bad clothing! “
And with that….I say Stay Home For What?!?!?!!?