The Year Of Living Danishly: Uncovering The Secrets Of The World's Happiest Country by Helen RussellThe Year Of Living Danishly: Uncovering The Secrets Of The World's Happiest Country by Helen Russell

The Year Of Living Danishly: Uncovering The Secrets Of The World's Happiest Country

byHelen Russell

Paperback | April 12, 2016

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'A hugely enjoyable romp through the pleasures and pitfalls of setting up home in a foreign land' PD Smith, Guardian 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 (not to mention 'hygge') 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.
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 Telegraph.
Title:The Year Of Living Danishly: Uncovering The Secrets Of The World's Happiest CountryFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:368 pages, 7.88 × 5.16 × 0.91 inShipping dimensions:7.88 × 5.16 × 0.91 inPublished:April 12, 2016Publisher:Icon BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1785780239

ISBN - 13:9781785780233


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Stories mixed with fun facts A light read about rural Denmark with a mix of the author's personal stories and the cultural/economical/political facts she learns along the way. Set a nice tone for my own trip to Denmark.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Boring The first few chapters were interesting but the format got really repetitive and boring.
Date published: 2017-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really loved it I really liked reading this book, it was full of fun stories and just made me happy while reading it.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fun and Informative Read While I liked this book I wish that there we're a few less facts and more stories. The authors descriptions and characters are lively and often humorous. I found myself chuckling throughout the book. The facts provided we're also very interesting I wish they just blended together a bit more. None the less I would recommend it.
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun read, full of facts The book is well written. The descriptions are very vivid and the characters are full of life. The facts are interesting but sometimes a little on the long side... Overall, a very good book.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read Russell combines a very humourous style of writing with an indepth study into why the Danes are so happy.
Date published: 2016-03-24

Editorial Reviews

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.'"