How long have you been living in Denmark?
I have been living here in Denmark for more than 15 years. Prior to that, I’ve lived in Switzerland for two years, France for two years and Germany for two years.
What can you say about the country’s quality of life?
Denmark has a very high standard of living. It has something to do with the very high tax we pay. However, the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. Good schools and good medical care are some of the things we don’t have to worry about. If you lose your job and you are a member of a union, you will actually get enough money every month to be able to get by. The Danish system is very well organized. This “security net” protects Danish citizen. I’m quite happy with my life here in Denmark. I feel safe and secured especially when you have children. Their welfare system is generous. I don’t mind paying almost 42 percent of my earnings as I can see it’s put to good use.
How would you rate the kind of life you have now?
I would go for 8 on a scale of 10, being the highest. I am satisfied with all the social benefits Denmark has to offer to its citizens. But being a foreigner in this country, it’s something else. There are still some gaps I have to fill in before I could go for 100 percent satisfaction. Moving to a new country means starting your life all over again: New language, new identity, new challenges. Fitting in is another story. No matter how long you have been here, the high education you’ve achieved and the vast experiences you have had, you still settle for something less or work harder to be at a certain level of acceptance here.
Do you agree with the World’s Happiness Report that the well being of the citizens are being prioritized by policy makers in Denmark?
I very much agree with that. Denmark has developed a system which guarantees a strong minimal standard of living to all– including the children, the elderly and the disabled. Thus everyone is feeling happy and has nothing much to complain about.
What are the top three things that is being done for the citizens of Denmark that you wish is also being done by the Philippine government to its people?
1. Health care service for all.
2. Green lifestyle – Respecting the environment, recycling and using renewable energies.
3. Innovative society – the concern of the government is always on working conditions, education and community development.