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Denmark, the Happiest Country in the World

  • Ricardo Abla
  • 21 Oct
Denmark, the Happiest Country in the World

A survey shows that the 4 Nordic countries, led by Denmark, are among the top 5 in the "world's happiest countries and regions". It is said that people of these countries live a rich life. According to the ranking, the top 5 happily are Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Not only are they geographically close, but they are also all highly prosperous. The basic needs of the citizens of these countries are more satisfied, so they are relatively happy. People always use "cement forest" to describe metropolis, but urbanites always seem to be indifferent and lonely.

In Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, it is also a big city but has a rustic simplicity. In the "Global Happiness Index Ranking" and the "World Happiness Database" rankings, Danes often rank among the top in the world in happiness. After spending a few days in Denmark, I finally realized the Danish "happiness code".


High Welfare Country, Happiness Comes from Trust

I have always heard that Denmark is a high welfare state. People live a rich life, so there is a strong sense of trust between people, which is a bit of a sense of "nothing to pick up on the road and not closing the house at night". In an ordinary supermarket on the streets of Copenhagen, I was queuing to check out, only to find that there was no cashier at the cash register. Customers consciously line up and make payments at the cash register.

An old lady in front of me skillfully took out the goods from the shopping basket, scanned them one by one in front of the barcode machine, and then checked out with a credit card. In the supermarket of more than 100 square meters, seven or eight cash registers are working at the same time, but only one supermarket staff helps customers pay at the exit. There is no anti-theft alarm door at the entrance of this supermarket. It can be seen that supermarkets have very high trust in customers.

Later, I discovered that Danish trust in others is much more than that. The subway is a common means of transportation for people in Copenhagen. The subway fares are expensive, and passengers buy tickets completely consciously. I didn't see the conductor, the ticket gate, or the ticket inspector along the way. Passengers purchase tickets consciously at the automatic ticket vending machine. When I first took the subway in Copenhagen, I thought that the free subway was also one of Denmark's welfare systems.

I take the subway more often, and I feel more passionate about Copenhageners. As long as we check the subway map on the platform, local people will ask us where we want to go and tell us which route we need to transfer. Even if we almost took the station, some passers-by helped us hold the subway door so that we could get off in time.

In Denmark, in addition to the automatic ticket sales of the subway system, the trains also rely on passengers to buy tickets consciously. On the train from Copenhagen to Helsinyo, my colleague and I randomly found a carriage and sat down, and started chatting quietly. But after only a few words, an old lady in the front row turned around and pointed to a small sign on the door of the car. It turns out that Danish trains are divided into silent carriages and ordinary carriages. The silent carriage can let tired passengers rest quietly. Active children can also play in the brighter ordinary carriages. We hurriedly apologized to the old lady and changed to a regular car to sit down.

However, the full trust of the Danes also made us accidentally escaped a vote. On the way back from Helsinyo to Copenhagen, in order to catch the plane, we jumped on the train that was about to leave before we had time to buy tickets. On the way, although the Nordic forest and the Baltic Sea crossed by, I didn't want to appreciate it because of fare evasion.

In addition, Denmark is a big country for bicycles. For the Danes, their life is comfortable and peaceful, and cycling is a major fashion for their leisure and exercise. A country with a population of more than 5 million has 4.2 million bicycles, which is a miracle.


Denmark Travel Tips

1. Food

Smoerrebroed is a representative of Danish food. The world-famous Danish is called Wienerbroed in Denmark.

2. Transportation

Ships are a means of transportation to the main islands of Denmark and the smaller islands that are mostly inhabited. Buses are the main means of transport connecting cities and towns, and there are several bus routes to Aalborg or Aarhus. Cycling around Denmark is a good way to choose. Bicycle lanes extending in all directions connect all towns and villages across the country. Renting a bicycle is about 35-60 crowns a day.

3. Accommodation

In addition to various star hotels, Denmark also has many fairytale castles and manors. If you have ever dreamed of living in a romantic and historic house, then Denmark is where your dreams come true.


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