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Helen Russell

The Year of Living Danishly

'A hugely enjoyable romp through the pleasures and pitfalls of setting up home in a foreign land.'— Guardian

Given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: Denmark, land of long dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries, was the happiest place on earth.

Keen to know their secrets, Helen gave herself a year to uncover the formula for Danish happiness.

From childcare, education, food and interior design to SAD and taxes, The Year of Living Danishly records a funny,
poignant journey, showing us what the Danes get right, what they get wrong, and how we might all live a little more Danishly

In this new edition, six years on Helen reveals how her life and family have changed, and explores how Denmark, too — or her understanding of it — has shifted. It’s a messy and flawed place, she concludes — but can still be a model for a better
way of living.
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Have you already read it? How did you like it?


  • Michael Dubgaard Lundshared an impression3 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    💡Learnt A Lot

    En bog der er absolut læseværdig.

  • Olia Alishared an impression6 years ago
    👍Worth reading

    Beautifully written!
    Easy to read!
    Look for more books by Helen Russell!

  • Subhashini Subhashinishared an impression8 years ago
    👍Worth reading
    💡Learnt A Lot
    💞Loved Up

    Denmark has always been that one place that had attracted me in all ways to settle down. I feel it's a life out of a fairytale. After reading this book , I have no second thought about it. The storyline , humour and description by the writer has been done beautifully . I just couldn't stop reading. Every month was exciting and I was keen to know how one year of living danishly felt for a foreigner. wonderful book indeed


  • Ellie Мellhas quoted3 years ago
    rusting the Taxman (or Woman)


  • Ellie Мellhas quoted3 years ago
    custardy-and-cinnamony caress.
  • Bibi Kosherovahas quoted3 years ago
    post-holiday blues

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