A woman having breakfast outside in Copenhagen, Denmark

The happiest places in Denmark

Photo: © Malin Poppy Darcy Mörner

Denmark is regularly placed at the top of the World Happiness Index for its quality of life, city planning and design with people in mind. Why is Denmark so happy? Well, take a look at some of the places that put a smile on our faces, and see if you can figure out why.

One of Thomas Dambo's hidden giants, Lille Tilde, in Vallensbæk Mose near Copenhagen
Photo: © Lille Tilde by Thomas Dambo. Photo: Abdellah Ihadian

The Troll Trail

If you go down to the woods today, you’ll find more than 10 trolls ready to surprise you. It’s all part of artist Thomas Dambo’s drive to get people exploring the lesser-visited parts of Denmark.

A lady running at the rooftop playground Konditaget Lüders in Nordhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
Photo: Daniel Rasmussen - Copenhagen Media Center

Konditaget Lüders

This bright red playground and outdoor fitness park is in an unlikely place on the roof of one of the buildings in Copenhagen’s newest Nordhavn district, with ocean views and trampolines to enjoy.

The Infinite Bridge, Aarhus
Photo: Dennis Borup Jakobsen © Den Uendelige Bro (2017) - Johan Gjøde

The Infinite Bridge

This circular bridge near Aarhus is a bridge to nowhere. The only reason to visit is to enjoy the walk, soak in the sea views and enjoy the fresh air. It’s not pointless if your aim is to increase your happiness!

The Happiness Museum in Copenhagen
Photo: Happiness Museum

The Happiness Museum

The Happiness Museum in Copenhagen is a small museum ready to put a big smile on your face. Created by The Happiness Research Institute, a think tank dedicated to well-being, happiness and quality of life, it is all about what happiness is, how we measure it and what on earth living in the Nordic region has to do with it all. 

LEGO House in Billund, Denmark, seen from above
Photo: LEGO® House

LEGO House

There's nothing like play to put a smile on your face. And at LEGO House in Billund, there is no shortage of ideas to get you playing around with LEGO. It helps that it's at the heart of LEGOLAND® Billund Resort, a collection of fantastic family attractions, in a city that is known as the Capital of Children. 

Zwei Frauen machen ein Selfie im Kunstmuseum ARoS im dänischen Aarhus
Photo: Your rainbow panorama, Olafur Eliasson, 2006 - 2011, ARoS Aarhus Art Museum. Photo: Robin Skjoldborg.

Your Rainbow Panorama

Imagine the joy of walking inside a rainbow. People in Aarhus don't have to imagine it - they can experience it whenever they want, by walking inside Olafur Eliasson's joyful circular walkway, Your Rainbow Panorama, on top of the ARoS Aarhus Art Museum.

Bølgen (The Wave), an apartment building in Vejle, Denmark, that looks like a wave
Photo: VisitVejle

The Wave

Want to ride a wave of happiness? How about live in one! In Vejle, the Wave is an apartment block with a difference – it loops up and down next to the fjord and is just another example of joyful living and design from Denmark.



Have you heard of biophilia? It's all about how being in nature makes you feel happy. So when you put biophilia together with a treetop playground, just like you'll find at WOW PARK in Billund, that happiness multiplies.


Camp Adventure Forest Tower

We take pride in our city planning and how it is all designed with people in mind. And we also take that thinking into our countryside design, with sculptural and urban-influenced towers and developments like Camp Adventure's Forest Tower. A walk in the woods leads to a spiral tower and views as far as Sweden - just another way that Denmark's designs can put a smile on your face. 


And there's more....!

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