Denmark is Scandinavia's bridge to Europe. Conveniently situated close to the heart of Europe being a mixture of Scandinavia and the rest of Europe. Denmark has a high standard of living and ranks above average in many dimensions, like for instance work-life balance, social connections, environmental quality, civic engagement, education and skills, jobs and earnings, subjective well-being and personal security. Good work-life balance and positive attitude contribute to the fact that for years Denmark is at the top of the list of the happiest countries in Europe. Denmark is also known for its world class art and furniture design.
DENMARK IN SHORT
|8th/$52,139||GDP per capita IMF|
|4th||Human Development Index|
|9th||Euro Health Consumer Index|
|10,80||Expenditure on health % of GDP WHO|
|80,6 years||Life expectancy at birth WHO|
|7,9%||Expenditure on education|
|5th||European Happy Planet Index|
Denmark is a rather small country so it is very easy to get around. The country has an extensive, big, fast and reliable train network allowing for cheap and environmentally friendly transportation within the country. Other European capitals are easily reached by low cost air carriers or trains.
DANISH HEALTHCARE SYSTEM
The Danish health care service can be divided into 2 sectors:
- The primary health care sector
- The hospital sector
Health care is organized at three levels: the state, the regions and the municipalities. The regions (5) are responsible for running both the hospital and the primary care sectors. However, physicians in the primary care sector own their practices.
Approximately, 85% of health care costs are financed through taxes. The responsibility for running the service mostly lies with the regional authorities.
The general practitioners act as "gatekeepers". This means that patients start by consulting their general practitioners, who ensures that the patient is offered the care that they need.
Denmark spends approximately 10,80 % of gross national product (GNP) on health care. All residents in Denmark are covered by the public Reimbursement Scheme as it is financed through taxes.
Education in Denmark is compulsory for children and youth from the age of 6 to 15 or 16 although about 82% of young people take further education. Public schools are free of charge, about 15,6% of children attend private schools, which are supported by a voucher system. Secondary education is usually also free of charge and takes two to four years. Some education programmes are academically oriented, the most common being the Gymnasium. Others are more practically oriented, training students for jobs through a combination of instruction in vocational schools and apprenticeship. Education plays a key role in providing individuals with the knowledge, skills and competences needed to participate effectively in society and in the economy. In Denmark, 80% of adults aged 25-64 have completed upper secondary education, higher than the OECD average of 76%.