Books about Danish lifestyle and culture
The Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell
British journalist Helen Russell finds herself in Jutland thanks to her husband’s new job, and sets about finding out what it is that makes Danish people so happy. The story is partly an investigation into Danish society and what makes it work, and partly a warm and personal tale of a Londoner reassessing her values and finding new way of living abroad.
The Almost Nearly Perfect People by Michael Booth
British journalist Michael Booth sets out on a mission to find out what makes people in the Nordic region tick. He’s married to a Dane and lives in Copenhagen so there is a Danish skew to all of this, which, along with his wry sense of humour, makes it a fun read and an insightful and lively portrait of our nearly perfect but flawed societies.
The Little Books of Hygge, Lykke and The Art of Making Memories by Meik Wiking
Meik Wiking is the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, the research associate for Denmark at the World Database of Happiness, and a founding member of the Latin American Network for Wellbeing and Quality of Life Policies. So when he’s talking about happiness, we listen. He’s written three books all connected with happiness, and they’ve been hugely popular all over the world.
How to be Danish by Patrick Kingsley
Journalist Patrick Kingsley gets to the heart of the matter with a book that is part-travelogue and part cultural history. How to be Danish is an introduction to the country behind Noma and Nordic Noir, and focuses on contemporary aspects of life in Denmark including architecture, design and politics.
The Danish Way of Parenting by Jessica Alexander and Iben Dissing Sandahl
How do you raise happy kids? An American mom living in Denmark finds out, with the help of her friends and family. This parenting guide examines the key principles that Danish parents employ to help their children grow up happy, with plenty of contrasts between this little country and the USA in particular.
How to Hygge by Signe Johansen
Subtitled ‘The Secrets of Nordic Living’, this book, written by a Norwegian chef, is all about the delights of Nordic life, including nature, food, hygge, kinship, interior design and more. It’s a one-stop guide -- with beautiful pictures -- to adding the joys of a Scandinavian lifestyle to your life.