Back from holiday on Bornholm

Bornholm

We’ve just returned from a wonderfully sunny week on the beautiful Island of Bornholm. Most people’s reaction is where is that?

It’s a Danish Island, out in the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Poland, and a popular summer holiday destination – although obviously not many British visitors make it there – it’s definitely worth the effort.

However the Danish economy puzzles me. Their taxes are amongst the highest anywhere and their cost of living is also high with 25% sales tax. And yet, they seem pretty contented. Quality of life is very good.

As I look to the expected budget cuts and tax rises in the UK tomorrow and the predicted misery for taxpayers and public services I can’t help wondering why we work harder than ever but don’t seem to achieve quality of life.

What are we missing?

Margaret

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