The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country (Paperback)

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If your life partner asked you to uproot your life in England and move to a remote town in Denmark, what would you do?  Helen Russell will take you on an absolute riot of a journey as she learns to navigate living in Denmark; the cultural differences, the day to day nuances, the rhythms of the Danes.  It is a beautifully written 


— From Jousting July Staff Picks


When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland, but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries.

What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born, or made? Helen decides there is only one way to find out: she will give herself a year, trying to uncover the formula for Danish happiness.

From childcare, education, food and interior design to SAD, taxes, sexism and an unfortunate predilection for burning witches, The Year of Living Danishly is a funny, poignant record of a journey that shows us where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves.

About the Author

Helen Russell is a journalist and former editor of She now lives in rural Jutland and works as a Scandinavia correspondent for the Guardian, as well as writing a column on Denmark for the Daily Telegraph, London.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781785780233
ISBN-10: 1785780239
Publisher: Icon Books
Publication Date: April 12th, 2016
Pages: 368
Language: English