The Year of Living Danishly

The Year of Living Danishly Summary


'A hugely enjoyable romp through the pleasures and pitfalls of setting up home in a foreign land.'- Guardian
Given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: Denmark, land of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries, was the happiest place on earth.
Keen to know their secrets, Helen gave herself a year to uncover the formula for Danish happiness.
From childcare, education, food and interior design to SAD and taxes, The Year of Living Danishly records a funny, poignant journey, showing us what the Danes get right, what they get wrong, and how we might all live a little more Danishly ourselves. In this new edition, six years on Helen reveals how her life and family have changed, and explores how Denmark, too – or her understanding of it – has shifted. It’s a messy and flawed place, she concludes – but can still be a model for a better way of living.

Book Reviews

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A very hygge read5 star

Splendid read. Wonderful insight into the Danish culture and how I can live more Danishly.55


Interesting but often irritating3 star

The book is an easy read, informative, interesting, and sometimes entertaining and even charming. The author is clearly impressed with herself for reasons indiscernible to me and so is at times almost insufferable but her smugness passes quickly enough and she moves on more interesting fare.35

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