The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell

A Year of Living Danishly

The Year of Living Danishly is a non-fiction book that chronicles the author’s experience of living in Denmark for a year. The book explores various aspects of Danish culture, including childcare, education, food, interior design, taxes, sexism, and the country’s history of witch burning. Through her experiences, the author provides insights into what makes Denmark the happiest country on earth.

The main themes of the book include the concept of hygge, which refers to coziness and creating a comfortable home environment, as well as the importance of work-life balance and community. The book also touches on the Danish approach to parenting, education, and healthcare, as well as the country’s social welfare system.

Useful takeaways from the book include the benefits of creating a cozy and comfortable home environment, the importance of work-life balance, and the value of community and social connections.

The book also highlights the benefits of the Danish approach to parenting and education, as well as the country’s social welfare system. Overall, The Year of Living Danishly offers a fascinating glimpse into Danish culture and provides valuable insights into how we can all live happier, more fulfilling lives.

What I Liked

The book was a breezy, funny read. It’s a great mix of anecdotes ad lived experience. She’s also the perfect author – a British expat who lives there long enough to form some relationships while also maintaining enough distance to write about it as a newcomer.

What I Did Not Like

She could have included a bit more data in the book.

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