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14 Reasons Everyone Needs To Move To Denmark Immediately

They may have the world's highest taxes, but it's totally worth it.

1. Many of your favorite pastries come from Denmark. Hello, delicious danish!

Ex. The traditional Danish kringle.


3. They have one of the oldest and most well-liked monarchies in all of Europe.

A poll published in the Danish newspaper Politiken revealed that 77% of Danes are happy with their monarchy and only 16% are in favor of a republic.


4. They have incredible architecture. Both modern...

The Royal Library

...and classical.

5. They are known for their functional design sensibilities.

Much like their Swedish neighbors (Ikea, anyone?).

6. Co-housing was invented in Denmark, and many Danes still live in co-housing situations.

Which means less cooking, cleaning, and even child care. People always say, "It takes a village." The Danes just actually do it.


7. Their universities are 100% FREE to attend and are absolutely beautiful.

Tietgen Student Hall, Copenhagen named "the residence hall of the future."


Tietgen's outdoor courtyard.

Fully furnished dorms.

Natural-light study space.

I mean, is this college or a FIVE-STAR HOTEL?!

8. In Copenhagen, commuters have a biking super highway.

Fifty percent of Copenhageners commute to work via bike.


9. The Danes are ranked No. 1 in the world in terms of life experience.

In this year’s HPI, experienced well-being is assessed using a question called the "Ladder of Life" from the Gallup World Poll. This asks respondents to imagine a ladder, where 0 represents the worst possible life and 10 the best possible life, and to report the step of the ladder they feel they currently stand on.

10. And Danes have consistently been ranked some of the world's happiest people. Their secret? Realistic expectations.

11. They also have the happiest employees in the world.

Even WORKING is fun in Denmark.


12. Which is probably because they have INSANE benefits. The average maternity leave is 52 weeks and is 100% PAID FOR.

Yes, you heard me right. ONE FULL YEAR OF PAID MATERNITY LEAVE. For comparison, the average maternity leave in the U.S. is just 12 weeks, and is not nationally guaranteed.

13. If you lose your job, the government will continue to pay 90% of your salary for up to TWO YEARS!

I know, it's truly MIND-BLOWING!

14. Finally, VIKINGS are originally from Denmark*. And you can't get much cooler than Vikings.

Jonathan Hession/History

*and the surrounding areas.