Danish Happiness

iVillage Member
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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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-06-2004
In reply to: sild
Tue, 03-11-2008 - 12:45pm

I think I want to move to Denmark!

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: sild
Mon, 03-03-2008 - 8:46am
How very apropos, lol, standing next to GW. Hey! That is something positive about the guy, he makes clodhoppers from Denmark look good!
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-17-2007
In reply to: sild
Mon, 03-03-2008 - 8:26am

Well, he was standing next to GWB, so that might have made him look better. :) Here is the picture. I will admit he looked better in black and white - more chiseled.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/01/AR2008030101554.html

Edited 3/3/2008 8:27 am ET by tryingtoquit




Edited 3/3/2008 8:28 am ET by tryingtoquit
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: sild
Mon, 03-03-2008 - 8:15am
Bwa! It is hard for me to fit the concept of our PM being "hot" into my head, lol. His middle name if Fogh, but virtually everyone calls him Fjog, which means fool. He is mainly disliked for brown-nosing GW, but you have to give him that the economy has been humming along nicely during his reign.
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-17-2007
In reply to: sild
Mon, 03-03-2008 - 6:40am
I know why!! I saw a picture of your Prime Minister in the paper- WOW, he is hot!
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-12-2004
In reply to: sild
Fri, 02-29-2008 - 3:57pm

I agree.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-15-2006
In reply to: sild
Fri, 02-29-2008 - 3:05pm

>> I assume that most peole driving luxury cars and wearing designer labels

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-27-1998
In reply to: sild
Fri, 02-29-2008 - 1:52pm

I'm not sure there is one "American way." Where I live now, my sense is that people live within or below their means in general, but I'm sure there are a few who go into debt to buy stuff. In the community I mentioned in my other post, I doubt people went into debt to buy their Infinitis and boats, either. The reason I think this is because literally every single family on our street (except for us) owned an SUV *and* a luxury sedan. Some may have had lots of debt, but it's statistically unlikely they all did. That's why I think it was more a community value, that if you had two cents to rub together, you had to prove it by what you bought. They were probably buying what they could afford, and thought they had to, for whatever reason.


I thought it was weird and just not me, so I refused to play. I felt like the newcomer to Stepford.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: sild
Fri, 02-29-2008 - 1:36pm

"In one area where

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: sild
Fri, 02-29-2008 - 1:08pm
Good example. Obviously it is not that most Danes are angelic do-gooders. But when I am there, people do seem to be more driven, energetic and dynamic than the laid-back lifestyle might otherwise lead you to believe.

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