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Why Your Social Life Instantly Improves if You Work in This Country

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Updated: 12 January 2018
Working a few hours per day, earning a satisfactory salary and having plenty of time for leisure activities sounds like a dream to some. However, it seems that finding this much-desired balance depends on the country you’re living in. Totally Money‘s survey shows in numbers where you have to relocate if you want to improve your social life.

This is why working in Denmark will improve your social life

According to a new survey conducted by Totally Money, Denmark is the best country when it comes to people’s work-leisure balance. To put it simply, compared to the other countries surveyed, Danes have the least working hours, a great number of bank holidays throughout the year, and a rather generous vacation allowance. Consequently, they have more free time to dedicate to leisure activities – or sleeping.

Moreover, the survey examined each country’s average salary in comparison to the cost of living and the results for Denmark were more than satisfactory. Considering that a balance between working hours, income and free time typically defines a person’s life – and Denmark scored high in all three categories – it’s no wonder the small Scandinavian country also ranked first as one of the best countries to live in. Denmark’s neighbouring country, Sweden followed in second position, with Swedes working an extra 3.5 hours per week in comparison.

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Danish life in numbers

Danes work around 32.9 hours per week, which means an average of 6.6 hours of work per day. That leaves them with 8.8 hours for leisure activities and an average 7.1 hours in bed. For those who need less sleep, things are even better, as they can dedicate more time to their hobbies. Finally, according to the survey, the average monthly salary in Denmark is €3,270 and the country has a cost of living index of 93.2.