Book Review of The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
My husband’s ancestry is Danish. We’ve been to Denmark and are planning to return next summer. And, I even have a Son named Dane.
Yes we have the Danish blood, but not the Danish life – which is the topic of Helen Russell’s intriguing and often hilarious memoir of moving to Jutland in northern Denmark.
Russell, a Brit, begins her year of living Danishly when her husband gets a new job with the world’s largest toy manufacturer, Lego. Begrudgingly Russell begins exploring her adopted country and uncovering the often simple yet complex society and its happiness level of its residents.
Russell finds interesting statistics that seem not to fit this “Happiest country” reputation (50% divorce rate, teenage drug use), while at the same time encountering unusually satisfied, rule obsessed, economically stable, pleasant, patriotic and traditionalist Danes.
By the end of her year of Living Danishly she too has become a fan of this Happiest place on earth. There might just be something here.
Four stars for A Year of Living Danishly.