Book Review: The Year of Living Danishly, by Helen Russel

The year of living danishly book review Helen Russel

What’s so special about Denmark that Danish people are one of the most content citizens in the world? If you want to find out as much as me then I would recommend this book.

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Denmark is officially the happiest nation on Earth. When Helen Russell is forced to move to rural Jutland, can she discover the secrets of their happiness? Or will the long, dark winters and pickled herring take their toll?
A Year of Living Danishly looks at where the Danes get it right, where they get it wrong, and how we might just benefit from living a little more Danishly ourselves.

Book Review

The year of living danishly Helen Russel Book reviewI like to read about foreign countries and when I heard about The Year of Living Danishly I knew that I had to order it straight away, and I wasn’t mistaken. I enjoyed reading it so much that now I want to buy Helen Russell’s next book, The Atlas of Happiness in which you can discover the secrets of happiness from 30 countries round the world.

In the Year of Living Danishly Helen Russell is “trying to uncover the formula for Danish happiness”. Against the odds like freezing cold and dark winters to one of the highest taxes going up to 50% of your earnings, locals seems to love their Danish life and truly enjoy it. Is it the sweet pastries which are famous around the globe or is it the Danish work life balance (they usually finish work as early as 3pm) that makes their serotonin levels so high? Helen has a year to find out why the country dominates in the World Happiness Report raking.The year of living danishly Helen Russel Book review

She moves to rural Denmark with her husband The Lego Man as she called him in the book because of his job working for Lego (also that’s the reason of their relocation). The contract is for a year but as it often happens in life nothing goes according to the plan and this one year is just the beginning of their life in the land of happy vikings.

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