The Danes tend to be modest by nature, but they have plenty to boast about. Blessed with a society that sets great store by economic equality, personal freedom and loyal relationships, Denmark beat every other country in the world to the top spot in the UN World Happiness Report, published in 2013. With all those good vibes buzzing around, you can’t help but smile, too.
In this maritime nation of islands, bridges and ferries, renewable energy and sustainable living sit high on the public agenda, making Denmark a great choice for a green holiday. Copenhagen, the attractive capital, is small enough to feel cosy – a favourite Danish quality – and is as enjoyable to visit as to live in. It’s also a great point from which to explore, with a well-crafted web of bike, train and ferry routes leading to a hinterland dotted with Viking remains, medieval cottages, palatial castles, organic farms and gloriously wild beaches.