When I was in college I had an opportunity to study overseas in Denmark at DIS (Danish Institute for Study Abroad). It was the first time in my life that I deeply immersed myself in another culture, in large part due to the wonderful support of my Danish family! What I learned fairly quickly is that Danes have a quality life in large part due to a political system that operates a bit differently than ours in the U.S.. The Kingdom of Denmark as it’s formally called, has a unitary constitutional monarchy, headed by a Queen, and a multi-party government. Instead of just two big parties ruling the roost (Dems and Repubs), there are several parties represented in Parliament at any given time. And since the early 1900s, no single party has controlled all others.
Danes are among the most socialist countries in the world due to their exorbitantly high taxation rate. While you might scoff at paying around 50 percent of your income to the government, consider what it would be like not having to worry about paying for medical care or your kid’s college!
There is a reason Danes are considered among the happiest people on the planet. While I know their political system is not perfect, at least it’s not controlled by a wealthy elite.