Helen Russell is a journalist and former editor of MarieClaire.co.uk. She now lives in rural Jutland and works as a Scandinavia correspondent for the Guardian and the Independent, as well as writing a column on Denmark for the Telegraph.
A hugely enjoyable romp through the pleasures and pitfalls of
setting up home in a foreign land. -- PD Smith * Guardian *
Russell is possessed of a razor-sharp wit and a winning self-deprecation - two of the things that make this book such a delight. * The Independent *
A lovely mix of English sensibility and Danish pragmatism. Helen seems to have understood more about the Danish character than I have! My only worry is that it will make everyone want to have a go and my holiday home area will get overcrowded. -- Sandi Toksvig
A wryly amusing account of a new life in a strange land. * Choice Magazine *
if you can't up sticks and move to Denmark... don't despair: here are a few tips and tricks I've picked up for getting a slice of the Danish work-life balance wherever you are. * Metro *
Russell's husband takes a contract with Lego and they are
catapulted into rural Jutland, in Denmark.
Russell, who is a fast living journalist in London, is at first overwhelmed with the silence, the people, the sheer differences of living in a very foreign country.
She then discovers that Danish people have the highest-rated happiness scores in the world... what's their secret? Why are they so damn happy?
I'll let you know, it's a lot to do with something called "Hygge".