Danish Happiness

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Danish Happiness
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Wed, 02-27-2008 - 8:24am

A recent survey concluded that the Danes are the happiest people in the industrialized world. 60 minutes decided to investigate and the following 12-minute clip is the result. Apart from the fact that the portrait of my countrymen cracked me up, I also found it quite accurate. I am posting because it touches on many of the issues discussed here-health care, childcare, college costs etc. Towards the end of the segment, the interviewer is talking to four university students. Please note that one of the male students is currently on PAID paternity leave from the university.

Anyway, if anyone would like a glimpse of the Danish social security net, here it is:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=shepBx2ogJo

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Registered: 10-24-2007
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 8:26am

and I thought this was a thread about pastries. :( (retaliation for the French oral) ;)


(j/k, about to watch the clip)

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 8:33am
LOL, and well deserved.
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Registered: 08-18-2007
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 8:40am
What I took away from
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Registered: 03-27-2003
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 9:14am
hey it's the key to my happiness-- which I'm sure endlessly frustrates posters like gr8ful who can't believe I'd be happy with the kind fo middle of the road life I lead LOL -- but I always tell Liza - 'honey aim for good solid middle of the road averageness and yo ucan't go wrong"

 

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Registered: 10-24-2007
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 9:32am

I don't think that your life sounds middle of the road (or if it is, then I would have to accept that I have to downgrade my own humble existence to "utter failure" when I would much prefer to be able to call myself middle of the road LOL), since you have a very successful career (whether it's well paid or not) and are well-educated, but I do agree completely that contentment is being happy with what you've got and just enjoying people and life.


Watching the video clip made me feel momentarily that I'm such a fish out of water in this country that I'm insane to choose to live here, I identified ridiculously strongly with the Danish attitude, but I'm surrounded by dear friends who have a very similar attitude to me about life, who are also Americans, it's just harder to be content with less in a country where even having basic security is something that requires a fairly high income, and many people can work hard all their lives and not even have basic security (healthcare, etc).


As an aside, and sorry to be so crass, but that Danish student on the right of the screen at the front was BEAUTIFUL to behold.

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 9:43am
LOL, smelling salts coming up. But, yes, that was it made me think about. These people have the luxury of pursuing education, doing work they like and spending time with their families, because they are assured all the bare bones of a dignified existence, such as health care, decent childcare, decent education etc.
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Registered: 04-04-2005
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 10:17am

I saw this segment and have been wanting to post it but have not got around to it. I think it is great the way they live. Very laid back and low pressure. Family time is their highest priority. I especially loved the fact they pay the dads to SAH for 6 months after a baby is born and the moms get over a year.

 

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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 10:39am
Of course Danes have it better ;)
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Registered: 04-22-2005
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 10:42am
I think that is SO RIGHT about having realistic and modest expectations. Free education, health care, subsidized childcare, eldercare, and 6 weeks off from work? And I'd still get to keep half my income? Heck yes, I'd be happy! Peace of mind is priceless.
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Registered: 04-04-2005
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 11:07am
The crime rate is very low there too. Maybe because when you are not impoverished you don't feel the need to commit a crime to meet your basic needs. Feeling secure in your home and free to walk about as you please is priceless IMO. Having 6 weeks of vacation a year would be heaven to me!!!! In the US the gap between the haves and the have nots is huge. I can just picture someday having to live in a fortress to protect my family from crime. I sort of do right now - it is called suburbia. Even bad things have happened in my neighborhood in the recent past.

 

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