Recently there was a news story saying the the United Nations has found Finland to be the happiest country in the world. I have never been to Finland, but it has a reputation for alcoholism, though Wiki shows that it is exceeded by other countries not so far away, with Belarus what appears to be the coveted top spot. Those central/eastern Europeans know a few things about lifting the glass or bottle or spray can to their lips and chugging it on down.
Finland’s reputation for excessive drinking is real enough. Google Finland and alcoholism and see what you find. Plus: if you are a fan of Scandinavian films and television, you will sometimes see a snarky remark about Finnish drinkers – for example, in the popular series Wallander. Noomi Rapace’s first film after the global smash of the Swedish Millennium trilogy (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo etc) concerned a woman whose father was a Finnish alcoholic in Sweden, who beat her mother and generally was a useless sot.
Finland is also the country where a Dr Sinclair developed a method of treating alcoholism named after him. You can check this out and see what you think.
These unworthy thoughts came to mind through yet another of the little coincidences that have made my life, if not complete, at least more interesting than it might otherwise be.
Denmark hosts the town that has been found (by the European Union) to be the happiest in the EU. This is a shade of an exaggeration as the survey was to find where residents were most satisfied with the services of their community. That’s close to happy, I guess.
Its name is Aalborg.
Here is a sign that Aalborg and Finland may have something in common.
English is the ah “lingua franca” of Europe so it’s no surprise it is the language of choice in Aalborg. However it may be that tourists are in this establishment’s sights.
Aalborg is a very nice place, if you don’t mind the rain. It fair pelted down! Not just there but from the top to the place further south where I finally threw it in and took a train to Hamburg.
But there are some pretty neat things to see. Lots of public art – murals a go go!
Here are some views:
That gave me a laugh.
Hope everything in your life is just as you would wish it. Given the crazy stuff going on in the world just now, that’s a big wish but I am hopeful nonetheless.
Thanks for having a look.