Greetings from Copenhagen
I am in Denmark, the country rated as the happiest in the world. My plan was to figure out the secret to their happiness and fill my pockets with some of it to bring home. After a week here I am not sure that I have really figured it out, but I have found a few clues. The Danes I was meeting with (yes, I had three days of work to do which was the real reason for the trip) told me that the more tax people pay the happier they are. We think we have high tax rates in Australia, but it is nothing compared to Denmark (63% is the highest rate that kicks in at about $75K, and the starting rate is 42% which kicks in at about $10K!). I think the fact that they get 6 weeks leave a year might have something to do with it. And their focus on quality of life. But that is another story.
I have been turning up to my meetings with boxes of Danish pastries. I am on a mission to try out all the recommended bakeries that I “researched” (googled) before I left home and that the locals have been telling me about. Having a captive audience of meeting attendees works really well for me. They think I am mad, not realising that what I really want to do when I see those great pastry displays is to take a bite out of each one. Taking a box of them each day to the meeting allows me to do that as everyone cuts them in half or quarters. Perfect!
And the verdict? The pastries in the second picture which were from a shop called Lagkagehuset were nicer than the first which were from Skt Peders Bageri. Overall though I can’t say that I am totally bowled over by them as I expected to be. I think I have had as nice or better versions back in Sydney. Luckily there are other things to keep me swooning here in Copenhagen …more about that later!