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: 03-26-2003
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 1:30pm
Yes, I think that is a safe statement, lol. What often surprises me is that in spite of the generally laid back attitude, you get plenty of strivers, most people are quite skilled and the economy seems to be humming along nicely.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 1:49pm
Yes, there are, but somehow there is room for them too. I read a profile of the guy who runs the only really successful, commercial film company in Denmark (they have done all of von Trier's films, among many others). He has clearly achieved. OTOH, he lives in a commune in a working-class burb and loves to garden. It is not that people are not ambitious, but their ambition tends to be directed more towards achievement than towards plain accumulation of stuff (in general, obviously).
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Registered: 01-15-2006
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 2:12pm

beautiful approach indeed.

 

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Registered: 10-05-2007
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 3:22pm

Man, I thought you were offering danish. lol.

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Ducky

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Registered: 03-21-2001
In reply to: sild
Wed, 02-27-2008 - 10:55pm

My MIL is Danish.

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Registered: 05-27-1998
In reply to: sild
Fri, 02-29-2008 - 10:11am

This is a really important point: "It is not that people are not ambitious, but their ambition tends to be directed more towards achievement than towards plain accumulation of stuff"


I'm generalizing a bit, but I think that in the US, people do equate success with money. In one area where

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

"In one area where

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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.

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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