- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Icon Books Ltd; Reissue edition (April 17 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781785780233
- ISBN-13: 978-1785780233
- ASIN: 1785780239
- Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 304 g
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,954 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country Paperback – Apr 17 2016
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A lovely mix of English sensibility and Danish pragmatism. Helen seems to have understood more about the Danish character than I have! My only worry is that it will make everyone want to have a go and my holiday home area will get overcrowded.''Russell is possessed of a razor-sharp wit and a winning self-deprecation - two of the things that make this book such a delight.''A hugely enjoyable romp through the pleasures and pitfalls of setting up home in a foreign land''A wryly amusing account of a new life in a strange land.''if you can't up sticks and move to Denmark don't despair: here are a few tips and tricks I've picked up for getting a slice of the Danish work-life balance wherever you are.''Russell's husband takes a contract with Lego and they are catapulted into rural Jutland, in Denmark. Russell, who is a fast living journalist in London, is at first overwhelmed with the silence, the people, the sheer differences of living in a very foreign country. She then discovers that Danish people have the highest-rated happiness scores in the world what's their secret? Why are they so damn happy? I'll let you know, it's a lot to do with something called Hygge".''Giving up isn't always a bad thing; being a dropout can even change your life for the better. Helen Russell was a high-flying glossy magazine editor before moving to rural Jutland in Denmark which, despite its long dark winters, is also statistically the happiest nation on earth. While there, Helen soon discovered there's more to Danish life than cured herring and Nordic knits, as she described in her book, "The Year of Living Danishly".''Ever bought a book for a friend and ended up reading it yourself? I dipped into this and ended up buying my own copy so I could finish it''A hugely enjoyable autobiographical account of upping sticks to the sticks.'"
About the Author
Helen Russell is a journalist and former editor of MarieClaire.co.uk. 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 Telegraph.
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I really enjoyed reading the book, and I believe the core of the spirit was always there, and it warms my heart to see what the Dane’s I left behind have accomplished. If all the governments of the world would do what the Danes have done, we would have no wars.
I would encourage anybody to read this book not necessarily to move to Denmark but to learn what could be accomplished just with in your own circle.
This book is well written and and a joy to read, I know you’re a brit, but you sure have been bitten by the Danish spirit. 🇩🇰
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