Saturday, July 12, 2008

The Happiest Place in the World?

That would be Denmark, according to some surveys. Denmark has also been considered the second most peaceful place in the world, behind Iceland. But as they say in Denmark, "Who the hell wants to live in fucking Iceland?"

Looking mighty peacefulPretty pastoral and peaceful place.

And wouldn't you be peaceful and happy if you got the whole summer off? Here in the States, we've always heard rumors of those liberal European and Scandinavian countries where the people go "on holiday" for months on end, then return to their cushy jobs where they work six-hour days, three of which are spent at lunch where they drink many adult beverages. They retire at the age of 50 and enjoy free meals at all restaurants and free rail and air travel just by flashing their "retired" cards. Health care is free and everyone lives to be 100 just by eating yogurt and fish. No one is poor and the bus drivers sing jolly songs as they cheerily drop you right at your front door.

OK, maybe some of that isn't true, but a visit to the Advance blog (an agency in København - that's Copenhagen for us ugly Americans) has a post titled Closing Down for the Summer. Another post on the blog reveals some very peaceful and happy people on a seaside film shoot. Advance has one of the few agency blogs that doesn't try too hard and yet isn't ashamed of being an agency blog. More on that in another post - this is about Denmark, Land of the Free and Home of the Whole Damned Summer Off.

Here is an inside peek at Advance, where they have perfected the Cool Agency Interior Design Style of placing things at unconventional angles, opaque divider walls, weird chairs that few people sit in, natural wood floors, exposed ductwork, track lighting, a "library" and people who look blurry walking past windows letting in sunlight.

Interior of Advance, CopenhagenA Creative could get Creative in a space like this

I may have found a Heaven on Earth to replace my other dream ex-pat destination, Australia.

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  • hehehe, lovely post and thanks for the links. I'm an English guy who somehow ended up here in Copenhagen and landed at Advance after many years in journalism. Denmark does get a lot of things right, but it's not perfect. I think if I used the word reactionary to describe some of the politics here I'd be being extremely kind.

    Having said that, I don't actually understand all that much Danish so I spend much of my life here in a kind of blissful ignorance about the darker side of Danish life. ;)

    Best, Aaron

    By Anonymous Aaron, at July 12, 2008 at 4:52 PM  

  • Although, to be fair, their blog does say their office is taking two weeks off--not exactly the whole summer, but certainly two weeks longer than my office is taking off this summer.

    Still, Denmark, here I come!

    By Anonymous mydogischelsea, at July 14, 2008 at 2:30 PM  

  • To be honest, with the surf I could get in Australia, I think the option for me is simple. But still, a nice tenure in a low key place isn't that bad to say the least.

    By Blogger Joker, at July 17, 2008 at 5:17 PM  

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