27 reasons Danes are the happiest people on Earth

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27 reasons Danes are the happiest people on Earth
Whether it's the bikes, the ability to enjoy the little things or just having lower expectations, Danes are world-renowned for their happiness. Photo: Alex Berger/Flickr

Is Denmark still the happiest country on Earth? Recent studies suggest that their reign is over, but this list might make you think twice.


Once universally known as the happiest people on Earth, Danes have seen that title go to others in recent international studies. Whether it was being bypassed by Finns as the happiest people in Europe in a recent WIN/Gallup poll or Denmark falling behind Panama and Costa Rica as the country with the highest levels of well-being in the world, there are signs that Danes aren't as happy as they once were.

But the reports of the death of Danish happiness may be greatly exaggerated. Even in that aforementioned WIN/Gallup poll, more than three quarters of Danes said that they feel either ‘very happy’ or ‘happy’ about their lives and more Danes were optimistic about the coming year than they were about the previous. 

See also: Danish happiness is all in the genes: study

So when the folks at sent us this infographic about why Danes are still the happiest people in the world, we have to admit: just looking at the list made us feel happy. But what do you think? Check out the list below and then let us know if you agree or if all of this happiness talk is just a bunch of hooey. 

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