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Media: Copenhagen is like Disney World

Danish 'happiness' is all the rage, as international media trumpet maternity care and short working hours

After Danes once again came out tops in the UN’s survey of global happiness, Denmark receives gushing praise in the British newspaper, The Guardian, reports our media partner

In an article that portrays the capital as a Scandinavian Disney World, the paper highlights the high level of childcare, maternity care (including midwives who »arrive shortly after birth with a trolley of snacks adorned with ubiquitous Danish flags«), short working hours, and Danish design encompassing striking architecture.

All Danes, who to most foreigners seem to suffer a national onset of winter depression from October to May, escape to Thailand in November, according to the Guardian journalist, »but when they are at home they embrace the winter by lighting candles at every conceivable opportunity«.

Five best things

The Guardian’s five best things about Denmark:

»Heavily subsidised, the childcare system allows all parents to work, while short working hours ensure family time«.

Health service
»Knowing I can call the doctor for a same-day appointment gives incredible peace of mind.«

A compact capital
»Forget spending hours on a crowded tube: Danes can cycle to most parts of Copenhagen in 20 minutes.«

Architecture and design
»Bold, brave and sustainable; the Danes have truly embraced contemporary architecture while functional, elegant, gorgeous design is everywhere.«

Public spaces
»Picturesque parks, city beaches, strings of lakes and glistening clean harbours – plus there’s always a playground within walking distance.«

Read the full article here.

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