The World Happiness Report was released on the 23rd of March 2021 and Denmark ranks as the 3rd happiest nation behind Iceland in 2nd and Finland in 1st. The World Happiness Report is a publication of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network gathering, compiling, and analyzing a wide array of data and surveys. In addition to ranking in the top 3 of the happiest nations, two Danish cities are also in the top 5 with Aarhus second to Helsinki and Copenhagen as the 5th happiest city in the world.
Our friends at the Happiness Research Institute gave the tour guides of Copenhagen Free Walking Tours insights why data suggests people living in Denmark are among the happiest people in the world. The Happiness Museum opened its doors in 2020 on Admiralsgade 19, next to Nikolaj Kirken, a church built in 1591 right in the heart of the city! The museum is bright, informative and somewhat interactive aimed at helping us understand why Denmark is often called the happiest country on earth and why more and more countries are focusing on their GNH - Gross National Happiness.
We were given a private tour of the museum by the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute and author of the Little Book Hygge, which has sold over 1 million copies worldwide, Meik Wiking. Meik greeted us on a gray day in Copenhagen with a bright smile, as we walked into the bright yellow, neoclassical building. Meik shared with us the science behind measuring happiness. As tour guides, we are often asked why are the Danes so happy?
Denmark along with its northern neighbors are ranked high on this list even if the dark, dreary weather would otherwise suggest. The Happiness Research Institute quantifies happiness not with how many times a day a person finds themselves smiling, but rather by the overall satisfaction of how one’s life is going. Some of the characteristics these countries share that increase overall life satisfaction are:
We believe that Denmark has something extra which factors into our happiness; hygge. We will share more about hygge in one of our future articles but until then, you can visit the links below for more details about the World Happiness Report.
Next time you are in Copenhagen, join one of our tours so we can share more about the Happiness Report and the Happiness Museum with you! You can book your tips-based walking tour on our website.
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