It’s the happiest country in the world why wouldn’t I want to live there?
1. Because I don’t speak Danish.
2. Because there are very few jobs I can do if I’m not an international business woman… Which I’m not.
3. My family and friends will remain in England.
There are reasons though. Very good solid reasons.
1.as I’ve said before, Denmark 🇩🇰 is the happiest country in the world. That’s pretty cool. I mean England in not the worse country, it has some great opportunities and people, but my experience of being English has not lived up to my expectations. I crave something new, I crave a degree of happiness that is sustainable. So where best to go than Denmark: where the name of the game is “happy”.
2. Minimum wage. Denmark has one of the highest taxes in the world. Which sounds scary but really if you sit down and work it out it is not that different to England (the country where many feel like taxes shouldn’t be raised but also feel like they should have more social security – it just doesn’t quite add up).
When you look at minimum wage in Denmark vs England and the quality or life, social security and living cost, it actually works out better to pay 30-40% tax in Denmark that 27% tax in England. Mainly because the minimum wage in Denmark works out at around £12-14 an hour vs the £7.20 an hour for Brits. Meaning that even with the high tax yous still earn the same amount or more than a Brit. Rent in Denmark is similar to the UK but renters in the UK pay council tax. There is no council tax in Denmark.
Basically you can earn £7.20 a hour in the UK but when you minus the 27% tax, rent, utility bills(which are higher in England) and council tax you end up with a lot less disposable income that a Dane on minimum wage.
So the Danish tax sounds scary and unreasonable but when you look at it properly it’s a better deal. No wonder they are happier.
3. Education. Danish schools and universities have the same standard of education as the UK. In fact a lot of research is used in the UK that was studied in Denmark. Children mange the same level of education in Denmark as children in the UK and they do this in less time: they attend school for fewer years and fewer hours and the amount of homework a child is given is similar to a English child. This is down to the educational approach not because danish kids are more intelligent.
Also education is free. Even university. And child care is very low cost.
See it does pay off paying more tax.
You only get what you pay for.
4. There is a word for it in Danish but I don’t know what it is: basically the Danes have a strong belief that everyone is equal, regardless of political views, race, level of education, sexual orientation, public status, etc. I love this attitude. There is respect and trust for each person’s role in society but no person is deemed better than everyone else. This has created a sense of freedom to be who you want to be with less fear of judgement. I think that is just beautiful.
So in a nutshell: earn more money for the same work with more benefits, educate yourself with fewer financial worries, be one of the happiest people in the world and do what you’ve always wanted with put fear of judgement.
It all sounds rosy and simple.
But I’m living in England. I was born in England. I am English. Last year, the country I didn’t choose to be born in, voted to leave the European union. So even though I have a Danish partner my Danish experience could prove to be quite stressful.
Not to mention the culture shock!
But here I go. Learning how to live Danishly before I get there.