Denmark has firmly established its reputation as the happiest country in the world, ranked consistently on top of indices from the World Map of Happiness, to the most recent World Happiness Report 2013.
Those passionate about urban bicycling know Denmark as the modern day “Bicycle Kingdom”, as can be evidenced by these photos I took in Copenhagen streets in the fall of 2011.
Those who care about politics with a worldly view would also know Denmark for its strong social welfare benefits to its citizens, similar to its Scandinavian neighbors such as Sweden and Norway.
While the bicycle maybe a manifestation of the Danes’ happiness, as ABC journalists Bill Weir and Sylvia Johnson wisely observed:
“And perhaps the bicycle is the best symbol of Danish happiness. Danes can all afford cars, but they choose bikes — simple, economical, nonpolluting machines that show no status and help keep people fit.”
… the strong social welfare explains the socio-political construct as a foundation of the happy citizenry, according to Benjamin Radcliff, a political science professor, and author of a new book ‘The Political Economy of Human Happiness: How Voters Choices Determine the Quality of Life.”
The radio program “Here and Now” recently interviewed him about his findings on societal happiness. Read More