Copenhagen, in the summer, is arguably one of the best European cities to be in.
On an average day, I would get approached up to 10x by people of all ages who simply wanted to chat, share a compliment, or hilariously talk politics.
I don’t know if it’s because I look approachable, but I love it, and hope this continues around the rest of Scandinavia.
Day-drinking is totally a thing here. So is public drinking, as people will walk the streets at any hour of the day with a cup of beer or wine, and it makes you feel like you're just on a big college campus, on your way to a day-long party.
I’m here during graduation season, so a tradition the Danes have is that they will load up a group of high school graduates into this party bus that blasts music as it rides, and the bus makes stops at each of the student's houses, where the parents are waiting to load them up with more beer and food, and honestly, I fell in love with Copenhagen even more after learning that.
World Economic Forum consistently rates Denmark in the top 3 happiest countries in the world (in fact, Scandinavian countries take the top 3 spots every year) and I’ve concluded it’s likely due to these 3 reasons:
1. Healthcare and education are free. While Denmark is a country just under 6 million, and the U.S. is almost 327 million, this system likely wouldn’t work everywhere when scaled, but it’s admirable to see a society where everyone benefits and succeeds.
2. Piggybacking off of #2, there is virtually no homelessness. I’m sure this has to do with #1, but in every major capital I’ve been to, homelessness is rife, but in Copenhagen, if it exists, it’s at a minuscule level.
3. They’re fit. Whether it’s dozens of people doing morning runs while I’m on my 6AM photoshoots, or half of the population that bikes daily, you can tell that this collective healthy way of living translates into great habits in other areas.
This photo was shot in Nyhavn and to get this amazing reflection in the water, just go any time before sunrise or after sunset.
Thanks to @Eurail’s Global Pass, I’m en route to Stockholm on a first-class train into Sweden! Let the Scandinavian Summer continue!
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