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Why Denmark is the world's happiest country

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 Why Denmark is the world's happiest country2008-05-08 23:01
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It's an article on Tim Ferriss' excellent blog: "6 Reasons to Visit the World’s Happiest Country". Makes me feel good about being Danish.
4. The people are beautiful but seem unaware of the fact.

As Bill Bryson once observed: you could cast a Pepsi commercial here in 15 seconds.

Right up there with Argentina, Denmark has a jaw-dropping number of gorgeous people. The truly beautiful part, and unusual differentiator, is that appear blissfully unaware of the fact. There is little LA-style pretension unless you go to a social climber magnet like Club NASA, which helps to pull the mirror gazers off the streets. Go in the spring or summer and there is no need for catwalks—the sidewalks at Nyhavn are good enough. For those feeling the club or lounge itch, Vega and JazzHouse are hard to beat.

5. Danish design is incredible to experience, even for non-designers.

“It doesn’t cost money to light a room correctly, but it does require culture.” This quote from Poul Henningsen, encapsulates the beauty of Danish design minimalism. Much like in Japanese design, form follows function, and half of the time I found myself in a great mood in Copenhagen, I realized it was due to the planned passage of sunlight in Danish architecture, as well as their understanding of interior lighting intensity and placement.

Bigger is not better, as is so often the case in the US, and the tallest building in Copenhagen is a modest 358 feet.

From the sleek silverware of 2001: A Space Odyssey to the most famous chairs in the design world, the Danes have a functional and pleasant feast for the eyes almost anywhere you go, whether the renowned Louisiana museum or your hotel lobby....



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9 May 2008 @ 22:46 by a-d : This is COOL
...and has very little to do with your Ode to Denmark!.... in which I personally whole heartedly join! ( I love Denmark! )
But here; the whole World/Humanity is to be celebrated!
[ http://www.pangeaday.org/index.php ] Hope you don't mind, Ming.... and what happened to those nine (yesterday)comments here???? I'm glad I had a chance to read them before....???...!  



13 May 2008 @ 12:36 by ming : Pangea
Pangea Day, yeah, that's cool.

Comments? Are you saying there were a bunch of comments to this posting, that were then deleted? I certainly didn't delete any, other than 1 spam comment.  



13 May 2008 @ 14:09 by a-d : There wer NINE wonderful
comments; some from friends who know you and some from "just" Danish people (from both Denmark and abroad ) thanking you for having discovered Denmark and some were telling you they already had Denmark on their Summer Vacation Schedule and now even more anticipating.... and so on.  


14 May 2008 @ 13:07 by ming : Comments
That's strange. You're sure it wasn't comments on Tim Ferriss' article you saw?  


14 May 2008 @ 22:21 by a-d : Now, Ming,
this morning early I responded to this latest comment of yours, asking you to help me know who Time Ferriss is and where I would have read anything by him ( and mix it with your writing ) And WHERE THERE the HELL IS THAT COMMENT???????? Are there COMMENT EATING "TROLLS" around here????? : )  


14 May 2008 @ 22:28 by a-d : OK, so I found TimFerriss
article.... again, kinda in between your writings, heheh. but no, it was NOT comments there, I remember, nor would they write out your name "ming" in a sentence....would they?
Naehhh... nor does that explain where my Question-Comment to you (about T.F.)from this morning, disappeared!

Hmmmm....I gotta say though, that this is all very confusing to say the least!.... but no big damage.... in this particular case, of course, just baffling...  



15 May 2008 @ 14:00 by ming : Comment
Hm, yeah, now you're making me a bit worried. I don't want comments to just disappear on their own, of course.  


20 Jul 2008 @ 18:28 by A. Sclepias @67.52.95.195 : philosophy
Lots of interesting thoughts shared that deserve my further attention and consideration. Ander's Transhumanist site is how I got here. Denmark....
Sounds like a nice place, but not everyone can be so fortunate as to live there.
Myself, born in Boston in 1944. Life has been strange and interesting. Always hoped to get to Europe, but only have made it to the Island of Hawaii, in a very opposite direction. Oh well...Wish I might meet some folks here with whom to share philosphical ideas and while I'm still healthy. May all live long and joyously prosper,
Aslepias  



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I love denmark. it is such a wonderful place.  


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How do you measure true happiness? is it to be based on your own assumptions of what happiness should be like or there are standards and degrees of happiness based on western Civilizations? I have been to many "primitive" societies as well as this Denamark and many other "developed" countries.It is difficult for anybody to say that these people are happier than those people.Personally,I really dont give a damn about Western idealogies about what should constitute true happiness.I am just happy thats all and I dont need the design of a chair or a building to get my mind in that state.Come to Africa and experience another kind of happiness based on absolutely nothing.  


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