People in Denmark Are Much Happier Than People in the United States. Here’s Why.


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In Denmark, Malthe and Lærke Knudson had a baby girl they named Emma. The same day, the Robinsons—Dale and Beth—had a little baby named Rachel in the United States. Emma and Rachel were born in countries that have very different priorities, and that’s going to lead to pretty different futures.

Though Danes pay a lot more than Americans in taxes and government fees, they get a whole lot more back in social services: Almost three times as much!

As a result, Americans end up spending twice as much out-of-pocket for those social goods and services. Let’s see how that plays out over their two lives:


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