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The Danish capital ranks high on the list of the world’s healthiest and happiest cities. It consistently sits at the very top of the UN's happiness index and is one of the star performers in the Healthy Cities initiative of the World Health Organisation (the latter currently celebrating its 30th Anniversary).

With obesity and depression on the rise worldwide, this article presents Copenhagen's lessons for how to combat them culturally.

One of these lessons is that we don't do what we ought to do for our health – we do what we enjoy or what makes our lives easiest. Copenhagen planners have taken that fact on board in ways that many cities could learn from.

The key lesson in achieving happiness is perhaps this one:

It is no accident that the USA, whose current administration follows a philosoophy that appears to be the exact opposite, is far being a collectively happy place. Luckily, many parts of the USA (and many people) are not fans of the current administration, to put it mildly, and both happiness and hope are still to be found there.

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[How to be a happy country: Lessons from Bhutan]

Meanwhile, in Germany...

A wonderful outbreak of common sense in urban architecture - learning from nature to combat climate change and help the environment.

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[Liuzhou Forest City]

Meanwhile, in China...

The Liuzhou Forest City, being built in southern China, is designed to help tackle the country’s ongoing air pollution crisis. The foliage is expected to absorb 57 tonnes of airborne pollutants, and produce around 900 tonnes of oxygen every year.

A great new example of the Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) movement. Check it out!