Where to Find the Happiest People in the Happiest Country on Earth
Known for its strong economy, excellent healthcare and high levels of reported happiness, Denmark seems to offer the promise of a better life. But satisfaction with life is not evenly spread out around the country, The Local reported.
While Denmark ranks as the happiest country in the world overall, according to numerous surveys, the happiest Danes live outside of its major cities, according to new statistics.
Residents of the capital city of Copenhagen ranked as some of the least happy in the happiest country, with an average reported satisfaction score of 7.4 out of 10 reported satisfaction, according to the Danish national bureau of statistics.
Meanwhile, the coastal municipality of Ringkøbing-Skjern ranked their happiness as the highest in the survey, reporting an average level of life satisfaction of 7.9.
With less than 60,000 residents, this Danish haven attracts tourists with its small-town beauty and natural charm. Sitting on the Ringkøbing fjord, the landscape features picturesque 19th century farmhouses and quaint harbors.
On TripAdvisor, travelers have raved about the Flymuseum, which features some of the aircraft models used by the Danish military since 1911. Ringkøbing-Skjern also boasts a unique “eco-museum” that incorporates 14 different landmarks along the fjord coastline including a ropewalk, a lighthouse and a protected farm.
“They are, in other words our heritage—a coat rack that we in Ringkøbing-Skjern municipality can hang our identity up,” reads a translated description on the eco-museum’s website. “We are not just fringe in relation to something else. We have our own cultural history.”
The municipality, located in West Jutland, is around 75 miles from the UNESCO World heritage site the Wadden Sea National Park.
Within a two-hour drive from the happiest place on Earth, visitors can discover stunning mudflats, wind-whipped coastline and grazing sheep.