Hygge is usually inadequately translated as ‘cosiness’. But it is so much more than that. One of the most common questions we come across in Denmark is visitors asking, “what is hygge?” But hygge isn’t just a word; it’s a concept, and as such, there’s really no direct translation. The Danish word ‘hygge’ is...

I am standing on the most dangerous street in Copenhagen and I’ve never felt safer. Istegade, a one kilometre-long street just north of Copenhagen Central Station has long been notorious and continues to be defined by its indelibly rough past. Porn shops, prostitutes and migrants are the words commonly associated with...

Magnus Meyer has something most of us will never get. The 21-year-old lives in Aarhus, the second-largest city in the happiest country in the world. Out of all the 45 joyous cities that make up Denmark, Aarhus is the happiest of happy, making it onto Reader’s Digest’s top four list. According to the Reader’s Digest...

“It gets so hard, just to be okay/ Sometimes being happy, baby/ Is what I’m most afraid of” Bikini Kill *** Is it really so difficult to smile? Unless you’re in, say, Milan, where the law makes it illegal not to walk around in public grinning like a Cheshire Cat, most of us would certainly rather be beaming than...