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

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-23-2003
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 11:25am
Sounds like a great place to me.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 11:30am
Actually the pay-cut would be less, just the difference between your current tax rate and the 50% you would pay there. You could probably find a job pretty easily, although I think getting a work permit can be hell. There Denmark resembles the good ole USA.
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-23-2003
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 11:33am
Bummer :)

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 11:54am
It's a totally different culture than the US, that's for sure.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-24-2007
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 12:17pm

Not asking this in a combative way at all, but do you think that the USA has one prevailing culture?


I think that there is a strong history of independence and self-sufficiency, for sure, but I also think that there are enough Americans with more laid-back, European-like attitudes and aspirations (and desiring more in the way of universal benefits than is currently the case) that they cannot necessarily be considered un-American, just Americans who have an alternative view of how America could/should be.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 12:46pm
No, I think America is made up of many subcultures. And surely there must be a Dane or two who's not content with having only what the neighbors have, right?

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iVillage Member
Registered: 10-24-2007
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 1:05pm

Absolutely!

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 1:13pm
ROFL!!!

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 1:26pm
I don't actually live there. I grew up there and I am currently taking advantage of the Danish educational system, but I live in Greece.
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-23-2003
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 1:29pm

Still jealous :)