No, I’m not talking about Disneyland. And maybe it’s not the happiest but I think the country of Denmark needed some appreciation. Here are some of the reasons why Danish citizens live long happy lives.
There is universal healthcare!! Unlike some countries (*cough* USA) healthcare in Denmark is a basic human right. The famous television show, Breaking Bad, would not take place there because Walt would not need to sell METHAMPHETAMINE to pay for his medical treatment and support his family. Interesting thought, huh?
I visited Copenhagen a few years ago and, let me tell you, I could totally live here. For starters, they have the coolest theme park ever. BonBon-Land is a heaven for children and adults alike. For most of the year, there are hardly any lines and a lot of the rides are pretty hardcore. BonBon-Land has a pretty crazy feel to it, too. A lot of the architecture is made to get a laugh out of you, with some pictures of farting dogs thrown in. Walk-through candy stores and octopus rides make it easy to lose most of your day here. Right now, there is a 4D movie production of one of my favorite books of all time, Le Petit Prince.
In the capital city of Copenhagen, approximately half of the citizens use bikes to get around. This is not only better for the environment, but it is great for your health. The country is safe and secure, with many people leaving their doors unlocked and children unattended for a few moments as they grab a quick snack from a cafe. There is a huge sense of community there, where people can trust one another and feel like they belong. The Danish are also known for their act of “hygge”. It’s kind of hard to describe, but the most common definitions include coziness and warmth, it means sharing the love and spreading happiness. It really is present in their daily life.
Danish families really do get the whole shebang, starting with an entire year of maternal leave. The mother gets up to 18 weeks off, with full pay of course, and the father gets 2 weeks. The rest is unpaid but the family is still able to secure their same job. All most all child care is free! In Denmark, men and women are almost entirely equal. Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt is the first female to hold the position. They set a pretty good example for the rest of the world.
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