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An enjoyable journey through all things Nordic,
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This review is from: The Almost Nearly Perfect People: The Truth About the Nordic Miracle (Paperback)
What`s behind the statement that the Nordic cousins are "the happiest people on the planet"? It deserves an investigation. Michel Booth a resident of Copenhagen provides a good extended synopsis; written with a dry sense of humour.
What makes these nations enjoy an unrivalled security; cradle to grave social care? The recurring concept of "hygge" (an untranslatable that means a complete absence of anything annoying). A word that appears in everyday speech in Denmark, but a concept that permeates the Nordic world. However, if all is well in the northern front, why not an en masse migration from their European cousins? However, let me say this: with the "trust" and "social cohesion" that exists in countries like Denmark, I would rather live there any day. So, Perhaps all is not well in the "state of Denmark" and its Nordic neighbours, but they are "nearly perfect". The author explores the paradoxes, and taboos that permeates the Nordic world. A great amusing and educational read. The best book I have read in the last decade.
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Initial post: 11 Feb 2014 11:45:18 GMT
David Nyman says:
In reply to an earlier post on 11 Feb 2014 17:38:00 GMT
Pauline K. says:
He wasn't watching what he was typing!
Posted on 13 Feb 2014 22:59:53 GMT
Richard Bevan says:
I think you'll find he lives in Copenhagen not Oslo. Hence the reason for more chapters on Denmark than the other countries.
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