Do you like being happy? If so, Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen, could be a great travel destination for you.

 

Copenhagen is consistently selected among the happiest countries in the world. Some suggest this has to do with culture, and other argue that the reason can be found in the Danish genes. Regardless, a look into Danish culture makes it unsurprising that the Danish are such a happy bunch.

 

Smørrebrød  open-faced sandwiches are a staple of Danish cuisine. (Chow.com)

Smørrebrød open-faced sandwiches are a staple of Danish cuisine. (chow.com)

In Denmark, the freedom to live one’s life to his/her liking without judgment is highly valued. Furthermore, there is less of a competitive culture — money isn’t spent to flaunt, but to spend time with friends.

 

The Danish don’t only handle money wisely but also environmental issues. In Copenhagen, over half of the population travels to work by bike. The city aims to be voted the best city for cyclists in the near future.

 

In the television series “Weeds,” Andy Botwin convinces his family to move to Copenhagen by pointing out the city’s low crime rate, high quality of life, universal healthcare, bikes, and — of course — open-faced sandwiches. Andy’s main selling point, though, is the core value in Copenhagen: hygge (pronounced hue-gah).

 

Copenhagen is among the best cities in the world for bicyclists.  (visitdenmark.com)

Copenhagen is among the best cities in the world for bicyclists. (visitdenmark.com)

A quick Google search will prove that hygge is difficult to translate, but it basically a way of living life with a focus on maintaining a mellow demeanor, especially with others. To understand hygge, you have to experience it. Often, you’ll find candles lit around Copenhagen to encourage the coziness and contentment of hygge.

 

Winding along Copenhagen’s canals and through the city’s many cafés will offer a glimpse into an alternate way to live. Here at MUIPR, we value listening to and finding inspiration in other cultures. A little hygge goes a long way.

 

How do you think incorporating some hygee into your life could be beneficial? Share your thoughts below or on Twitter @ryanlawlessness