Denmark takes the bronze medal in global ranking, determining which countries maintain the best lifestyle balance and exploring what a work-life balance really means across the world. Metrics analysed include overall happiness, sleep patterns, working hours and life expectancy. Let’s discover how Denmark makes it to third place …
The bronze award goes to Denmark, gaining an overall score of 84.3 out of 100, in Sleep Junkie’s global lifestyle index.
Denmark’s happiness score was the second highest in the globe, at 9.8 out of 10. This data comes from its ranking in the 2019 World Happiness Report.
Employees in Denmark work, on average, 34 hours a week which is 3 hours less than those in the USA. According to the OECD Better Life Index, about 2% of employees work long hours.
Free healthcare and education also contributes to Denmark’s third place position.
“In a place where healthcare is free and students are paid to go to college, it’s no surprise that Denmark is one of the best countries for a healthy lifestyle”
- Sleep Junkie Lifestyle Index
Work-life balance is very Danish
Work-life balance is a cornerstone of Danish business culture, making Greater Copenhagen one of the world’s most family-friendly places to live.
Striking the ideal balance between work and personal life can be quite a challenge, especially for working parents. If you decide to make Greater Copenhagen your new home, you will quickly discover why its citizens call it one of the world's most family-friendly places to live.
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The Danes are happy and hardworking
The Danes are one of the most productive and hardworking workforces in Europe. This is very much owing to the Danish job mentality and work culture where employees experience a high degree of autonomy and empowerment at work, resulting in very responsible, conscientious employees with a high level of job satisfaction.
Danish work places are genarally not based on hierarchies and formalities, and managers are seen more as team leaders than as key decision-makers delegating tasks to others. As a result, employees are encouraged to speak their minds freely and everyone's opinion is given consideration when making decisions.
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About the lifestyle index
The study analysed several metrics to determine which country maintains the best lifestyle balance. The metrics explored include the average number of working hours and annual leave, the percentage of people getting a good night’s sleep, as well as people’s happiness and life expectancy. The data also highlights how many people search the Internet for help and tips when they can’t sleep. Each metric was given a score out of 10, equating to an overall score out of 100.
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