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There's a reason why Denmark repeatedly tops the list of the happiest places to live. Not only do the Danes have fantastic public services, the cities themselves are as stunning as the countryside and waterways that weave through the country.

From the larger cities of Copenhagen and Aarhus to tiny Skive, there's no escaping the sheer happiness that practically emanates from the country. This cheer has been a spark for creativity, too. Denmark is home to Lego, exceptional minimalist design and even has claims to the first hot dog, Rød pølse.

In historical terms, Denmark has great importance as the home of the Vikings (arguably the world's first great explorers) and relics of this era are scattered around the country. Rest assured, though, that Denmark is also a thoroughly modern country, in terms of mind-set and in the development of its urban areas.