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How Things Work in Denmark

Denmark is a country of rules with a strict rule of law. It’s an amazing country but apparently, not everyone wakes up in the morning wishing to move to Denmark, because while local Danes are used to what they have, for a foreigner there are too many frames to find himself in. Denmark as a country to move to and as a tourist destination are absolutely two different things – it’s like being under parents care and living on your own. Whatever it is Denmark’s system of government and treating its citizens is beyond great. Let’s see what makes Denmark stand out.

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Taxes and security

Danish people pay quite high taxes and that is one reason why people for example from the U.S. or Asia would never choose to live there. But those taxes do not get into the government’s pockets. On the contrary, all that is aimed at the country’s social policy, which is reflected in areas such as healthcare and education. What people get In return is a quality life lacking “economic despair or insecurity”. People feel themselves secure.

“Lack” of poor people

It might sound unbelievable, and it apparently does not imply there is no any single poor person in Denmark. There is, but what this country does is it spares no effort to raise the standards of living of each of its citizens. And having this goal ahead of it, Denmark is presently one of the fewest countries with the lowest unemployment rate, which is an absolute advantage. It neither means that everyone is rich in this country. Not at all, it simply assumes that people don’t spend longest hours at work just to meet both ends meet; they get the result of their work and enjoy it to the full.

Over the past years much was spoken about the “American Dream” and the U.S. was regarded as the country where dreams come true and where opportunities soar in the air and what you have to do is grab one. Denmark has never been attributed such features, while it turns out that wages in Denmark are the two-fold of salaries people are paid in the U.S.

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People do not choose to visit doctors. Why? The first reason has to do with the fact that they might be suffering of something serious of which they would prefer to have no idea, and the second, refers to finances. It describes most countries in, say, Asia or the Caucasus region. While the first has to do with physical fears, the second refers to the welfare each country is able to provide for its citizens. In case of Denmark, healthcare is available for all Danish people and free of charge. Prescription drugs are quite cheap. Interestingly, they are free for people under 18.

Expecting parents

If a Dane has decided to start a family, then he has all chances to provide the best for their child, perhaps not the “best of the best”, but the best for sure. Four weeks before the baby is born, future moms go on a paid leave. After the baby is born, the mother gets 14 weeks of love. Fathers are entitled to two weeks of paid leave, of course to help the mothers in the child care process.


One of the things most post-Soviet states claim to want back is the education system. It was efficient and absolutely free of charge. The current picture there is that people either do not apply to universities, or graduate with a lot of debts to pay. Denmark has taken care of this area as well, as the education is free of charge in almost all higher education institutions.

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Unemployed doesn’t mean starving or getting into debts

When I was a kid, some 10-15 years ago I remember my dad telling me about how things in Norway work. He used to tell me in this way, “if you are a citizen of Norway and do not work, then the Norwegian government finds itself the one to blame, and therefore pays you a certain amount of money for you to be able to have a source of income and not to starve. In brief, to lead a normal life simply because it’s their “fault” that they have not provided enough opportunities for you to work.”

For most people who have never seen such a thing in their countries, might take such things for fairy-tales. While such practices exist. And Denmark is among those few countries. If you get unemployed in Denmark, then the Danish government sets proper amount of “salary” while you are looking for another job. Isn’t it great?

So as you can see not in vain Denmark has been regarded as the happiest country in the world. For a country it’s one of the most honorable titles it can hold, as it means that you have successfully employed every measure for the sake of your country and people, which is more than welcome especially in the current situation of volatile global economy.


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