21 comments on “The reason the Danes are so happy

  1. Sweden gave the world Volvo, IKEA and the fat-ar$ed blonde from ABBA.

    What the hell has Denmark ever given the world except that f**king mermaid?

  2. “What the hell has Denmark ever given the world except that f**king mermaid?”

    The guy sitting next to the guy who lead the PAN project was a Dane and told him about Harald Bluetooth.

  3. Was told that Stanley park wanted to do a copy of the mermaid, but Danes refused so that’s why there’s a very similar statue of a female scuba diver instead

  4. “What the hell has Denmark ever given the world?” Lego and passable lager. And Tycho Brahe and Niels Bohr.

    When I was a lad, Carlsberg offered a range of lagers. I remember the “dark” as being particularly good.

  5. Most Carlsberg (and Tuborg for that matter) is brewed in Northampton on the site of some old breweries that produced proper beer (until bought out by Watneys). Passable – now if Carlsberg produced a real beer, they would rule the (beer) world … maybe.

    Oh, and Copenhagen is one of the ‘dog-shit on the streets’ capitals of the world.

  6. That old brewery in Northampton (Phipps) has reopened. An enthusiast bought the brand from S&N and found the codgers who last brewed for Phipps and with their help restarted brewing the same ales and also distill a fabulous gin. They have now moved back into the original building which houses the 12th century ‘kings well’ that the street is named after. The brewery tour is fabulous and the beers are ambrosia!

  7. The Irish/Scottish/Welsh are happy that they aren’t English; the Kiwis are happy that they aren’t Aussies; the Canadians vs USAians, Dutch vs Germans, etc.

    Small country thinks it’s better than big country; big country couldn’t care less.

    In practice I suspect people are happier in smaller territories, simply because there are fewer heads to knock together to get things done. Hence why people are quite happy in e.g. Jersey, Skye, Swiss Cantons, etc. Merely adding more layers of government doesn’t help, e.g. Scotland, Wales, Belgium.

  8. ”What the hell has Denmark ever given the world?”

    In addition to above (eg Lego):

    Churchill Park, Carlseberg Museum, Tivoli, Christiania and err useless expensive Boris bikes & bird/bat munching windmills.

  9. Mrs Stephen Kinncock. Just goes to show not all Danaish women have good taste.

    They’ve also produced a good TV series – Borgen.

  10. @Andrew M, March 12, 2017 at 8:31 pm

    In practice I suspect people are happier in smaller territories, simply because there are fewer heads to knock together to get things done. Hence why people are quite happy in e.g. Jersey, Skye, Swiss Cantons, etc. Merely adding more layers of government doesn’t help, e.g. Scotland, Wales, Belgium.

    +1

    Also population more interwoven with Gov’t, police etc. I know from experience police are nicer & fairer in small (WASP) counties.

  11. Pcar,
    It doesn’t always work – Ireland was surprisingly poor until the 1990s, for reasons I still don’t understand.

  12. Bacon butties will make anyone happy. People who don’t eat bacon butties blow things up and behead people.

  13. @Andrew M, March 12, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Ireland (RoI) is not WASP. Regardless, my dealings with Garda suggest they are more pragmatic & laissez faire than most GB police. RUC was too until Blair creature interfered.

  14. Witchie said:
    “Carlsberg … Passable”

    Shouldn’t that first ‘a’ have been an ‘i’?

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