Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Danish Week

I enjoyed the discussion that Wenche brought up in class today. It really brought to light how different life in Scandinavia is from the United States. I found the discussion about how the Danes are measured as the happiest people in the world to be great.

It is interesting to think about how different people measure happiness. Is it by your personal fulfillment, relationships with other people, religious beliefs, faith in government, or lack of stress? Whose responsibility is this happiness? In the US, this measure of happiness is completely left up to the individual. It seems in Denmark however, this individual happiness is the responsibility of the entire population and the government. The sense of security that is a given in Scandinavian countries due to their high taxes and sense of social responsibility has a large role in individual happiness.

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