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Living in Denmark - some of the things you need to know

Why the Danes are so happy

Denmark has been voted among the world’s happiest countries for years – and it’s easy to see why.

Denmark has one of the smallest gaps between rich and poor and the UN recently noted that ‘political freedom, strong social networks and an absence of corruption,’ along with, ‘good mental and physical health’ and ‘job security’ were major factors in making Denmark such a great place to live. The taxation system and generous public spending funds a strong welfare state offering free education and healthcare – so no-one’s left out in the cold.

Trust and equality are key to the Danish sense of contentment. Plus, for those of us living in the Triangle Region, there’s also the stunning nature and the space to think and breathe.

But we’re not just the happiest – we’re also one of the most efficient and effective nations in the world. More than 73% of Danes have paid employment, compared to 65% in the US.

We have world-class exports including Carlsberg, Arla and of course LEGO – the world’s second-largest toymaker.

We’re no slouches when it comes to sport and culture either. The Danish film industry is one of the most successful in Europe; The Killing, The Bridge and Borgen have cemented our reputation for great TV, we won the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest and Danish design is revered worldwide. We also picked up 15 medals at the last Olympics (2016) – not bad for a country with a population of just 5.5m.

Clubs and sports for every interest

Clubs and associations (known as ‘foreninger’) play a key role in leisure time in Denmark. Not only do they bring people together irrespective of cultural, social and political differences but also offer the opportunity for you to meet new people, form friendships and expand your network whilst simultaneously helping you to improve your Danish and learn more about Denmark.

A wide variety of associations and clubs are available, for sporting activities, countless hobbies and interest groups, political associations and international cultures.

Some of the associations are specifically for children or seniors, but most groups are open to all ages and levels of ability.

Around 90% of Danes are members of at least one club or association, so it’s a great way for newcomers to integrate into Danish culture while enjoying an interest, sport or hobby.