Lessons Kenya can learn from the world's happiest country

for Tv47 Digital July 05, 2019, 05:37 PM
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Compared to Denmark, Kenya ranks poorly in all the above-mentioned parameters. Politics constantly takes center stage, discouraging potential investors even as Kenya ranks very high in the corruption index.

Although Denmark has one of the highest tax rates in the world, citizens happily pay tax because they believe higher taxes aid in the creation of a better society.

To add to that, Danes have an excellent pension system, one of the best in the world. This means that even the country's senior citizens are well taken care of.

They have a cultural construct referred to as 'Hygge' which translates to 'calm' in English. This system constantly creates atmospheres of intimacy for loved ones.

It starts with simple things like spending time with loved ones over coffee or dinner. They have a culture that ensures well being by reducing stress and making sure people are happy.

This simply means that people in Denmark are the happiest because they have fewer things to worry about, courtesy of the government and also because they have a functional and inclusive social system that takes care of people's well being.

From a firm social and cultural construct that ensures people are doing well to having a government that works round the clock to cater to its citizens needs, Kenya can learn a valuable lesson from Denmark.

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