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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Icon Books Ltd; Reissue edition (3 Dec. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781785780233
  • ISBN-13: 978-1785780233
  • ASIN: 1785780239
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 514 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,875 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A lovely mix of English sensibility and Danish pragmatism. Helen seems to have understood more about the Danish character than I have! My only worry is that it will make everyone want to have a go and my holiday home area will get overcrowded.' Author: Sandi Toksvig

'Russell is possessed of a razor-sharp wit and a winning self-deprecation – two of the things that make this book such a delight.' Source: The Independent

'A hugely enjoyable romp through the pleasures and pitfalls of setting up home in a foreign land' Author: PD Smith Source: Guardian

'A wryly amusing account of a new life in a strange land.' Source: Choice Magazine

'if you can't up sticks and move to Denmark... don't despair: here are a few tips and tricks I've picked up for getting a slice of the Danish work-life balance wherever you are.' Published On: 2015-01-29

'Russell's husband takes a contract with Lego and they are catapulted into rural Jutland, in Denmark. Russell, who is a fast living journalist in London, is at first overwhelmed with the silence, the people, the sheer differences of living in a very foreign country. She then discovers that Danish people have the highest-rated happiness scores in the world... what's their secret? Why are they so damn happy? I'll let you know, it's a lot to do with something called "Hygge".' Published On: 2016-04-29

'Giving up isn't always a bad thing; being a dropout can even change your life for the better. Helen Russell was a high-flying glossy magazine editor before moving to rural Jutland in Denmark which, despite its long dark winters, is also statistically the happiest nation on earth. While there, Helen soon discovered there's more to Danish life than cured herring and Nordic knits, as she described in her book, "The Year of Living Danishly".' Published On: 2016-06-01

'Ever bought a book for a friend and ended up reading it yourself? I dipped into this and ended up buying my own copy so I could finish it' Published On: 2016-05-26

'A hugely enjoyable autobiographical account of upping sticks... to the sticks.' Published On: 2016-10-01

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Helen Russell is a journalist and former editor of MarieClaire.co.uk. She now lives in rural Jutland and works as a Scandinavia correspondent for the Guardian and the Independent, as well as writing a column on Denmark for the Telegraph. In her spare time, she gets lost chasing her dog through unfamiliar woodland (The Killing, series one-style), attempts to sing along with the local choir, and tries to understand yoga classes in Danish. Her husband ‘works’ for Lego (Denmark’s biggest export), but seems to spend the majority of his time building 4,000+ piece models of Tower Bridge or other landmarks out of coloured plastic bricks and spending all their money on over-priced Danish design. As a Lego-widow, Helen consoles herself with the knowledge that divorce in Denmark only costs £54, wine is cheap and the pastries are out of this world.

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