The reason the Danes are so happyMarch 12, 2017 Tim WorstallJohnny Foreigner21 Comments…an abiding satisfaction that they are not actually Swedish Rod Liddle previousInterestingly confusingnextErr, rilly? 21 thoughts on “The reason the Danes are so happy” So Much For Subtlety March 12, 2017 at 10:51 am 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? Hallowed Be March 12, 2017 at 10:53 am “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. Hallowed Be March 12, 2017 at 10:56 am I think this works the other way round too- e.g. what makes Polly Toynbee unhappy? Roué le Jour March 12, 2017 at 11:11 am Lego. Roué le Jour March 12, 2017 at 11:13 am Erm, that was for SMFS, but it probably works for Polly too. Emil March 12, 2017 at 11:23 am Shipping, lego and carlsberg The Meissen Bison March 12, 2017 at 11:41 am Bacon with writing on. The Schleswig-Holstein Question BniC March 12, 2017 at 12:17 pm 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 magnusw March 12, 2017 at 1:24 pm Stunning blonde women. Sweden has slightly less stunning blonde women. dearieme March 12, 2017 at 1:40 pm “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. Witchie March 12, 2017 at 3:28 pm 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. Stephen Bayliss March 12, 2017 at 6:55 pm 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! jgh March 12, 2017 at 7:09 pm I have an affection for Carlsberg as they are a research institute masquarading as a brewery. Andrew M March 12, 2017 at 8:31 pm 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. Pcar March 12, 2017 at 9:21 pm ”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. Bloke in North Dorset March 12, 2017 at 9:26 pm Mrs Stephen Kinncock. Just goes to show not all Danaish women have good taste. They’ve also produced a good TV series – Borgen. Pcar March 12, 2017 at 9:32 pm @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. Andrew M March 12, 2017 at 11:32 pm Pcar, It doesn’t always work – Ireland was surprisingly poor until the 1990s, for reasons I still don’t understand. DocBud March 13, 2017 at 1:09 am Bacon butties will make anyone happy. People who don’t eat bacon butties blow things up and behead people. Pcar. March 13, 2017 at 1:59 am @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. Richard March 13, 2017 at 1:09 pm Witchie said: “Carlsberg … Passable” Shouldn’t that first ‘a’ have been an ‘i’? Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.