How to Make Friends Denmark When it Feels Like Every Danes’ Dance Card is Full
Happiness rankings do not always equal friendliness rankings
You’ve probably heard. Seen the news. Read the reports. Denmark, and the rest of the Scandinavia siblings often take top ranks on World Happiness Reports year after year. We could debate all day about what happiness means to you? While the Nordics just keep winning. No matter what. 2018 saw Denmark’s Nordic neighbor, Finland, atop the charts while Denmark came in at number three behind Norway. But really – what does make a country “happy?” Ask a Dane and it quickly becomes quite clear. In addition to a prevalence of personal freedoms – those social democratic benefits like universal free healthcare and free higher education are big when it comes to feeling satisfied, comfortable and content with where you live.
Besides being just so darn content, Denmark consistently gets high marks in worldwide quality of life appraisals as well. Sustainable city planning, clean harbors, faith in leadership, relative income equality, economic stability and an overall family-friendly atmosphere are just some of the reasons life is good here in Scandinavia. And can be for you too. Move to Denmark and you’ll see. But happy, high-quality living doesn’t always equal friendly locals. Don’t expect a welcome mat. Or an invite. Just yet.