For the past 30 years, scientific researchers and survey results have all reached the same conclusion — Danes are consistently happier than the rest of the world. On the "world map of happiness" Switzerland, Austria and Iceland rank just below Denmark on the happiness scale.
So what makes the Danes so happy? Oprah met up with Nanna Norup, a resident of Copenhagen, to find out. As they walk down the cobblestone streets, Nanna explains some of the reasons.
For instance, in Copenhagen, people are very environmentally conscious. A third of the population rides bikes around the city, many with grocery bags or small children in tow.
Homelessness, poverty and unemployment are also extremely rare in this nation of 5.5 million people. If you lose your job, Nanna says the government continues to pay up to 90 percent of your salary for four years. And not to worry . . . healthcare is free for everyone.
The Danish government also takes a special interest in mothers and their children. Women typically get six to 12 months in paid maternity leave. And, when it's time to go to college, citizens get paid to go the universities. "When you go to university, then you get paid [more than R30 000 pm for PhD students]," Nanna says. "You have free education. Then, you have healthy, well-educated people in the world. What could beat that?"
Women in Denmark also don't feel pressure to get married. Nanna is 44 years old and single, and she says she didn't grow up dreaming of a bridal gowns and weddings. "It's never been a dream of mine," she says. "I don't think my girlfriends had that dream."
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