The Year of Living Danishly (Paperback)
Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country
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'A hugely enjoyable romp through the pleasures and pitfalls of setting up home in a foreign land.'- Guardian
Given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: Denmark, land of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries, was the happiest place on earth.
Keen to know their secrets, Helen gave herself a year to uncover the formula for Danish happiness.
From childcare, education, food and interior design to SAD and taxes, The Year of Living Danishly records a funny, poignant journey, showing us what the Danes get right, what they get wrong, and how we might all live a little more Danishly ourselves.
In this new edition, six years on Helen reveals how her life and family have changed, and explores how Denmark, too – or. her understanding of it – has shifted. It's a messy and flawed place, she concludes – but can still be a model for a better way of living.
Helen Russell is a journalist and former editor of MarieClaire.co.uk. 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.
A hugely enjoyable romp through the pleasures and pitfalls of setting up home in a foreign land.PD SmithGuardian
Brilliant – I've actually fallen out with friends I've recommended it to so many peopleRob Beckett
Russell is possessed of a razor-sharp wit and a winning self-deprecation – two of the things that make this book such a delight.The Independent
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.Sandi Toksvig
A wryly amusing account of a new life in a strange land.Choice Magazine
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.Metro
Russell's husband takes a contract with Lego and they are catapulted into rural Jutland, in Denmark.
Brighton and Hove Independent
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".The Simple Things
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 itThe Comet (Stevenage)
A hugely enjoyable autobiographical account of upping sticks… to the sticks.National Geographic Traveller