What Can We Learn from the Danes about Happiness?

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1. Life Comes Before Work

A 9 to 5 workday week is a shared commitment we bound ourselves to. It entails racing against time to clear emails, crafting presentation decks, attending meetings all day and checking off to-do lists on sticky notes.

2. Paid Vacations are Guaranteed

Notwithstanding a person’s job position in the company or field of work, Denmark guarantees its full-time employees five weeks of vacation time. And it’s paid.

3. The Nation’s Welfare Thrives on Taxes

Although Denmark has one of the highest tax in the world, it fundamentally underpins the nation’s wellbeing. The Danes pay high taxes — for instance, a 25% sales tax and a 150% tax on cars — but receive universal health care, social security, universal pension, public education (including college), and daycare in return.

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