Why Danes are so awfully happy?


The mega-commercial of Carlsberg appears in a stylish apple-like-design airport: “Welcome to the world’s happiest nation”, as proven recently. That triggered my curiosity further. It actually started earlier on board of Easy Jet. A group of bachelors were dragging the soon to be groom with pink eye-shades and headphones on, to a surprise party destination. Now I know why. The Danes definitely know how to party hard and in style. Since a glass of wine starts from 13 euros, the drinking starts earlier. By 1 am, folks are running around pretty loaded, chicks in bare feet and silky summerish dresses, happily bumping into each other. That’s great entertainment and tells part of the story. In addition I came up with funky impressions during my 48 hours stay in Copenhagen, that help understand why Danes are the so awfully happy.

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Taking the metro at the airport toward Copenhagen felt like being brought in a fast-forward time tunnel. A sensational ride, not to be missed. The underground world of Copenhagen shines not only in simplicity and smart taste, but also in timing.

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Once you leave the underground world, you get your eco-ride along water channels.

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Ahhhhh the water channels. That’s where people originally moved to the Freeport of Copenhagen as a free-taxation area. Nowadays is the new-old hot shit area, no chance for any tax exemption.

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A nice boat-trip in cold waters refreshing the city is not the worst idea either. Just make sure you have enough bread to feed the white swans and friendly seagulls along the ride.

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In the mean time enjoy the medieval footprints meeting the amazing nowadays architecture.

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If that’s a bit too romantic for your taste, no worries, there’s space for everyone. Go and get your ecological electronic Tesla that’s just finished charging. Or simply a taxi-bike.

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Make sure not to drive it in this unfinished bridge. It is designed only for bikes and pedestrians only.

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And watch out from the little mermaids. They are in every corner, here, here and here 😉

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Kids. Might be great to be a Danish kid, go to magical Tivoli every other day and read the original Andersen’s fairy tales while he proudly faces Tivoli entertainment park. Of course, I was a great fan of Andersen as a child, as his works were translated in 125 languages worldwide.

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Enough jogging around. It’s time for some serious shopping. Let’s see what these nice gentlemen have to offer.

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Still not convinced. Then go at the Happy Wall and write a wish or greet someone.

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“One glass of read wine, please!”, I asked the waitress at BioMio. “What kind of wine would you like? Really good one or an affordable one?” Good, there are nice people out there to save you the embarrassment…

Embarrassment! Does that mean anything? Obviously not for everyone. Rumors circulate that this body-jumping crane goes a bit further. Free of change jumping for those who wanna do that naked.

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The white nordic nights let the magic roll on the morning of the longest day of the year. 21st of June: It’s midsommar! Good morning! Or better: Good night…

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4 thoughts on “Why Danes are so awfully happy?”

  1. I know why they are awfully happy… because of their sexy, altruistic and hot girls. God bless Denmark 🙂

  2. Great post Armela, an interactive guide to Copenhagen. I have lived there for a month, before going to Paris for my masters degree. I was accepted by the university of Copenhagen to study economics but I was much more interested in philosophy of economics, so that’s why I had to leave. Vibrant city, very Eco oriented and the most bizarre thing… No curtains on the windows. You can look through at people’s houses and flats and they are not bothered! Brilliant!

    1. Thx Laura 🙂 I did not know that you had the chance to study in Copenhagen instead, super city. I am currently here in Copenhagen and just writing on a update on the night life here, pretty funky…finally i am off for two weeks so i can blog a bit…yes this part of northern Europe doesn’t bother to have curtains. In Hamburg as well, but i really think that’s a dutch phenomena. I was told people in Holland in the 19th century had to pay a window tax as windows (curtains) were a symbol of prosperity and only the rich could afford. So some people think that it is rooted there.. Interesting!

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