The unique lifestyle of the Danes

Denmark, a small country with a total population of only 5.7 million, has been rated as the “most happy country” in the “Global Happiness Index Report” issued by the United Nations.

Walking on the streets of Copenhagen, Denmark, the strangers on the way will greet you from time to time. From their warm smiles, it is easy to see that this is a country that is covered by happiness.

It is convenient to see a doctor without spending money. Mr. Niels Gothenburg, a former professor of economics at Aarhus University, is 81 years old and physically fit. He often walks with his wife and holds various banquets to live a sweet life. Bao Weiwei’s wife said: “I have had a major operation recently, and I have not spent a penny. Fortunately, Danish medical treatment is free, otherwise the cost of surgery will make me lose money. These benefits are our guarantee for my later years.”

An Duo has no worries in his later years. In addition to paying for medical treatment, the Balfour couple also receive pensions every month and enjoy old-age services such as elderly apartments and special care. The Danish Constitution stipulates that the government has the responsibility and obligation to support the elderly and reduce the burden on their children. In addition, the Danes do not have the habit of letting the elderly care for their grandchildren. If you need to take care of them, you must make an appointment in advance so that they will not put pressure on the elderly. Bao Weiwei added: “I think happiness is a simple and fun life with my wife. For more than half a year, we spent time in the summer house by the sea. Apart from weeding, watering flowers, swimming, there is nothing to worry about. Children are very good every day.”

Students under the sixth grade in Denmark have almost no homework, and there is no need to “replenish classes”. Some schools have even cancelled the exams. The focus of kindergarten and elementary school education is to learn during play, give children the space to play and imagine freely, and develop their interpersonal skills. The education of slightly older children tends to focus on individuality and develop their hobbies and specialties. The Danes’ attitude towards their studies is relaxed and they are not mandatory. Students can arrange their own studies. The enrollment slogan of many schools is: “Go to school at your own pace.” There are no attendances for undergraduate and master’s degrees in Denmark. It is entirely voluntary and does not stipulate graduation time. Jessica, who has already obtained a master’s degree, said: “I have spent 5 years getting a master’s degree, because 2 years of graduation is too stressful for me. When I go to school, I still need time to do something else.”

Denmark has a free tuition fee from primary school to master’s degree. Although the kindergarten pays a monthly fee of 2,000 to 3,500 krona (1 kr., about 1.035 yuan), parents will receive corresponding government subsidies. After the baby is born, the Danish government will continue to issue subsidies, the amount will increase with the child’s age. The 18-year-old adult subsidy is about 4,500 kr / month after tax, enough to live independently. Therefore, many Danish children will move into student apartments when they are adults. Anna, who just graduated from high school, said: “It’s just too free to leave my parents. After living alone, my relationship with my parents is much better and I am very happy.”

The Danes work with little pressure, and they are convinced that “work is for life and can work better after vacation.” Danes generally have five weeks of paid holidays each year, and they can choose their own vacation time. The expectant mothers also enjoy special holidays. Generally, they can start vacations within 1 to 2 months before birth. After the baby is born, parents can take vacations at the same time or both. 52 weeks, take maternity leave pay. In addition, office workers are also at ease, perhaps because they are engaged in their own passionate careers, perhaps because of “coffee time”, everyone talks and creates a harmonious working environment, seemingly wasted “coffee time”, but creates high Quality work results.

The happiness of the Danes comes from honesty. Denmark is a country with a high degree of integrity, with more than 80% trusting each other. In Denmark, it’s easy to make a small profit, but almost no one does it. Denmark has bus and train drivers who don’t care whether passengers buy tickets or not; there are self-purchased flowers and vegetables stalls; there are daily necessities and clothing that are left unattended outside the store… Danish In line with the moral code, we will actively create a happy society with harmony and integrity.

When the rich pay high taxes to help the poor, people will be happy too. High taxes have narrowed the gap between rich and poor in Denmark, and the unemployed receive adequate unemployment insurance, and even the tramp can get a minimum living allowance every month. “The poor are not too poor, the rich are not rich” has created a peaceful and stable society, reducing the incidence of crime and improving the sense of security and happiness of the Danes.