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Not only has Denmark been voted one of the happiest countries in the world for over 40 years, but apparently Danish babies cry less as well! Blubbering British babies A meta-analysis published in the Journal of Pediatrics looked at parental reports of fussing or crying among newborns assessed by 28 different studies covering countries such … Continue reading The Road Less Taken: Danish babies … don’t cry-yi-yi
Recently there has been some uproar about the new French president Emmanuel Macron’s older wife. Double standards There was some speculation that “he cannot love his wife” because she is 24 years older than him. “If I had been 20 years older than my wife, nobody would have thought for a single second that I … Continue reading The Road Less Taken: Blind to gender gaps, but not age gaps
Some weeks ago I was conducting research at Danish schools trying to gain a deeper understanding of how Danes actively teach empathy there. Standards set at school Seeing as empathy is now considered one of the single biggest factors in predicting successful leaders and businesses, as need as general well-being, it’s no wonder the Danes … Continue reading The Road Less Taken: Is Danish happiness an inside job?
If you haven’t already been hit by hyggemania, you probably will be soon. There have been nine books and counting launched on hygge in 2016 alone – a year in which it was named one of the top ten words by both the Collins and Oxford dictionaries along with the likes of Brexit and post-truth. … Continue reading The Road Less Taken: More to hygge than cosy chocolate consumption
Recently I wrote an article for Time Magazine about Danish children’s TV and in particular the show ‘Vild Venner’ (wild friends). Let’s talk about death! It’s a sweet show about two kids who rescue animals. I sat down very unassumingly one evening with my seven-year-old daughter to watch the friends save a bird in trouble. … Continue reading The Road Less Taken: The happiness found in unhappy endings
The origins of fake news, spoof stories and even Scientology can be traced back to a Politiken front page in 1904
So, my forever evolving journey as a ‘global citizen’ has yet again taken me north of the equator. This recent change has invoked fresh impressions of how utterly quickly and deeply your life can alter by simply changing your geographical location. I find this notion incredibly exhilarating. Life or university skills? Years ago when I … Continue reading A Dane Abroad: New territory, new possibilities
Authorities can do nothing about people downloading sexually-explicit photos of young Danish girls
The use of Segboards is barred by state agency
I thought my English was good when I first moved to New Zealand. But it turns out there’s a big difference between writing essays at school and having real-life interactions in another language. Eek! Nevertheless, once you get over the initial pitfalls, and past a few awkward situations, there’s light at the end of the … Continue reading A Dane Abroad: Fluency takes time, but it’s worth the effort!
Albania are ‘undefeated’ in the group and have a game in hand
Mad action taken to the max, but Max’s left on the kerb
Despite finding themselves in a difficult group, Denmark only have themselves to blame for missing out on the sports event that brings the world to a grinding halt
Experts see the signs of a sea change in Danes’ expectations about work; staying competitive in the new global marketplace is at stake
Education minister wants to make it less complicated for students to take part of their education in other countries