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Heureux comme un Danois

3.45  ·  Rating details ·  373 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Paperback, Essais Français, 216 pages
Published April 30th 2014 by Grasset
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Diane S ☔
Jan 21, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lor
3.5 I love reading about the way people live in other countries, how they think, what they believe. This was a relatively short book, but packed full of information. Why are they so happy? So much so that this country is rated first in the world.

After reading, and I enjoyed the layout of this book, I think I live in the wrong country. The Danes seem to exemplify all of the characteristics I try to follow, that I believe. Integrity, honesty, togetherness, importance of family time and more. Remin
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Wenn man die Auslegware in den Buchhandlungen betrachtet, kann man das Gefühl bekommen, dass nicht nur Signore Rossi nach dem großen Glück sucht. Leitfäden zum Glücklichsein, offensichtlich kein schlechtes Vermarktungsthema. Frau Rydahl erklärt uns in diesem Buch das Geheimnis des dänischen Glückserfolgs. Sie unterlegt ihre Thesen mit reichlich statistischen Material, was dem Buch einen vermeintlichen Touch der Wissenschaftlichkeit geben soll. Leider stört es den Lesefluss und ihre eigentlichen ...more
Although this book is about Danish societal values, the 10 “secret” principles can also be applied to one’s personal life to become more content. Author Rydahl grew up in Denmark and moved to Paris at age 18 to pursue her dream career. Raised to be self-reliant, practical, and to appreciate others, she tried several jobs before finding her ideal career and lifestyle. Her parents, in typical Danish fashion, did not interfere with her decisions and encouraged her to become the person that she want ...more
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The 3rd one I have read on this topic (what can I say? It is interesting... usually), this rates the lowest.

Her list of reasons Danes rate as happy rings true (though I don't see that they were in any way "secrets"). So there is that. And she tries to be evenhanded (though this sometimes detracts from the points she is trying to make).

However, I had a hard time relegating the fact that the author left as soon as she could and chooses to live somewhere else - yes, she has legitimate reasons, but
Madeleine (Top Shelf Text)
I found this book interesting, but after reading I felt it would be better off as a long article instead. The 10 secrets to Danish-esque happiness are summarized in the back of the book, so it would have been just as effective to read just that summary rather than the whole book.
Madelyn Flammia
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting perspective on Danish culture and why the Danes are so happy. Very enjoyable.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I am interested in this topic, but this book, despite being only around 130 pages, was slow-going. The writing was dry, the material was not particularly interesting, and it offered no new insights into the topic. Also, although Danish, the author left the country decades ago and has chosen to live in France, which sort of undermines the message. Try The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell instead. It covers the same ground, but with some personality.
Peter Herrmann
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
All her points make sense. But many of them are easier said than done. For instance, in the conclusion, 'know yourself.' I'm 72 years old but still haven't quite figured that one out. Have to wonder if I'd be happier having been born and raised in Denmark. But as the author herself admits, not every Dane is necessarily happy.
Marina Mir
Nov 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Génial! Cest tout à fait génial! Tout le monde à lire et à appliquer ces idées! ...more
Jul 25, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Dun en vlot geschreven boekje over de Deense cultuur; leuk als achtergrondlectuur tijdens een verblijf in Denemarken; inspirerend als cultuur gebouwd op wederzijds vertrouwen, solidariteit en zelfontplooiing. De schrijfster heeft zich duidelijk goed ingewerkt in allerlei studies over dit onderwerp. Enige kritische noot: sommige 'principes' zijn wat kort door de bocht en worden toch wel heel snel en gemakkelijk geplakt op de Deense cultuur; het boekje is een aaneenschakeling van veralgemeningen w ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Straightforward, common-sense advice on living a good life!
Emily DeLuca
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Ibrahim Niftiyev
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned a lot of things from this book. On one hand, it encourages you to change your approach to the welfare state, on the other hand, it really gives vivid examples about the particular cases related to the discussion object. Reading about Denmark and arguing about the universally human stuff was enjoyable. The style is clear and straightforward. I would say, it is an important book for developing countries because the author explains various things which are extremely important to the devel ...more
Shari Suarez
Dec 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Denmark has been called the happiest place in the world. Malene Rydahl discusses why Danish people are so happy. She discusses the issues of trust, work-life balance, taxes and education and provides insight into the Danish mind-set. She also provides tips to make your life happier. It was very enjoyable and a quick read.
Aug 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this a tedious read, and didn't feel I learnt anything from the book. It was based on anecdotes from the author, who left Denmark as a teenager.

I received the book as a Goodreads giveaway.
Jun 13, 2015 rated it liked it
great idea. interesting bits. but too many statistics.
a bit painful to finish.
🎶 If I only were a Dane...
Green Hedgehog
Sep 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Эта книга вызывает довольно странные ощущения. После прочтения остается ощущение, что автор описывает прямо таки рай земной. Страна, в которой благо человека соседствует с государственным контролем. Ну, в том плане, что население доверяет государству, государство доверяет населению, а население доверят само себе. Где это видано, чтобы люди на полном серьезе говорили, что они платят недостаточно налогов? Как это возможно, чтобы люди не пытались обмануть государство? Да, блин, как они смогли этого ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cult_stud, psychology
Очень компактная и позитивная книга. Вроде как про датчан :) , но на самом деле заставляет задуматься жителя любой страны о том, что такое счастье - личное, но в контексте общественного и общегосударственного.

В советские годы подобную книгу назвали бы "буржуазной пропагандой" :) . И в тексте есть маленькая (очень маленькая!) толика самолюбования. /Мне вот лично местами вспоминался хрестоматийный анекдот про "Не путайте турпоездку с эмиграцией!" :)) . С поправкой на то, что автор книги о Дании с
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: english-language
Congratulations Malene Rydahl for "Happy as a Dane". This quasi-light read is delightful. Each of these ten secrets could be a feature film in themselves. May everyone be Happy as a Dane unlocking these secrets and any others they might bring to light.

W.W. Norton & Company - Quad graphics - Chris Welch and Lauren Abbate have produced a cheery readable copy. May everyone have the opportunity and expertise to enjoy Heureux comme un Danois: les 10 clés du bonheur one day also.

Félicitations Ma
I am not sure what to make of this book because the contradictions ( though the author does her best to explain them away ) are so striking.

She gives 10 reasons why the Danes are the happiest people on earth, yet there are so many things that they do on a regular basis that perhaps they pass off as being 'happy' but are certainly not 'healthy' and nothing to be happy or brag about.

Her country's citizens have the highest rates of suicide, anti-depressant taking, one nite stands, teen alcoholics (
Mar 19, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I liked the idea of this book, but didn't like the book at all. I didn't like the author's pompous and uninteresting writing style, or some of the conclusions she tries to draw. For example, she boasts about the Danish being so happy, but yet her parents divorced (a sign of unhappiness) and she couldn't wait to leave Denmark. Further, I wanted to puke at her words about the American Dream. She obviously doesn't understand what the American Dream means. People from around the world move to Americ ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book has well illustrated the fact that whether one feels happy depends a lot on the positive attributes a person has and the collective mindset of a nation. Denmark tops the list of many happiness surveys and the author attempts to list the reasons in an objective way.
The ten secrets according to the author are:
1. trust
2. education that nurtures everyone, not just to churn out elites
3. freedom and independence
4. equal opportunities
5. realistic expectations
6. respect for others and unity
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge-2017
Lu dans le cadre du challenge Popsugar 2017 pour la catégorie A book from a genre you don't normally read

Je lis jamais d'essais parce que ça me parait barbant mais une collègue m'avait conseillé celui-là en insistant un peu.
Et j'étais agréablement surprise. L'auteur, une Danoise qui vit en France, nous explique pourquoi selon elle, les Danois sont les gens les plus heureux du monde d'après de nombreuses études. Elle nous présente des anecdotes personnelles et des choses plus générales avec pas
Людмила Мищенко
Хочешь быть счастливым?! Будь им!
❤ доверяй окружающему миру (в Дании самый высокий уровень доверия в мире, на секундочку)
❤ у каждого есть своё место в обществе (образование не только бесплатное, оно дополнительно субсидируется государством)
❤ свобода и самостоятельность (в Дании можно официально работать с 13 лет и самостоятельно распоряжаться заработанными деньгами)
❤ равенство шансов (каждый может стать тем, кем захочет)
❤ реалистичные ожидания
❤ уважение к ближнему
❤ баланс между семьей и работой
Sandy Sopko
A 3.5. This book about the happiness of Danes offers lots of research findings, and I very much enjoyed making the comparisons (how does the U.S. rank in the category/concept being discussed), rather than focus on the how-tos. It is frustrating to think that the social programs that allow Danes to feel so secure will never happen in the U.S. because trust of others is so low here. I also have a strong sense of foreboding for our American way of life now that the politicians in power are strippin ...more
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review (and this is why it will be much longer than usual!).

After living in Denmark and having fallen in love with the country, this is just one of the books I read on Danish happiness, hygge and similar topics. However, this is not the one I will suggest to friends, despite being one of the better documented. In fact, while the strength of the book lies in its solid foundation, the author often just throws figures at the reade
I am fascinated by Scandinavian countries and how "happy" they are. I picked this book up because I wanted to know more about hygge. While hygge is just barely touched on here, it is part of what makes Danish people so happy and content. The author breaks down what makes Danes happy as a culture into 10 points: trust, education, freedom and independence, equal opportunity, realistic expectations, solidarity and respect for others, work-life balance, relationship to money, modesty, and gender equ ...more
Natalie Frausell
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a lot of numbers and statistics and I was going to rate it lower but the 8th chapter started with a story. A story about a man who works just enough so he can spend time with his family and no more. A businessman tries to explain to him how he could work more to be rich, so that he would have lots of money and could retire and spend lots of time with his family. It was a short story about how money is not the correlation to happiness and if this story wasn’t in the book I would hav ...more
Tallianna Vanamee
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sachbuch
Ein Buch, das zum Nachdenken anregt

Trotz hoher Steuerbelastung und lang andauernder Dunkelheit gehören die Dänen seit Jahrzehnten zu den glücklichsten Menschen auf der Welt. In diesem Buch werden ihre 10 Geheimnisse für ein glückliches Leben ans Licht gebracht.

Nach der Lektüre dieses kleinen Büchleins kann ich nur sagen: Ich wünschte, ich wäre in Dänemark geboren worden. So wie die Autorin das Land beschreibt, scheint es genau das zu sein, was mir am meisten entsprechen würde.
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Malene Rydahl is born and raised in Denmark and has been based in Paris for the past nineteen years.

She is the author of the book “ heureux comme un danois” ( as happy as a Dane) published by Grasset in April 2014. For decades Denmark has ranked at the top the world’s happiness index. Interweaving personal anecdotes and careful research, her book steers clear of any preaching and tackles the osten