“Back in London I was working a lot of extra hours but here it’s not expected of me at all.”

Denmark has overtaken the UK as the home of Europe’s happiest tech company employees, according to new research published Thursday by consulting firm BCG. 
Capital city Copenhagen is home to some of the continent’s biggest startup success stories, including Just Eat, Trust Pilot, and Too Good To Go. According to the newly released Digital Talent Global Work Happiness Index, 83% of Denmark’s tech employees said they were either “rather happy” or “very happy” in their job.
Historically, London has been regularly ranked the most desirable place for tech workers on the continent, with 2019 research from Linkedin branding the UK capital more attractive “than any other city in Europe” for talent. 
The new report awarded countries an average score out of 100 based on 17 different factors, such as bonuses, creative work environments, commute times, and holiday pay. 
Researchers highlights Danish work culture, which emphasizes a “flat hierarchy” in which employees at all levels are expected to take responsibility and feel the results of their personal impact on projects, as factor in the results.
The global ranking saw the US and Australia tied in first place, each scoring 76.4 out of 100, followed shortly after by Denmark (70.8), Canada (69.8), the UK (69.4), Germany (68.2), and France (67.4). 
“We did not expect Denmark to place so high on the list and actually place itself best in relation to the other European countries and best among non-English speaking countries,” said Claudia Bruyant Ndege, principal of BCG.
“For many digital international talents, Denmark is an overlooked destination compared to the other nations in the study, but we can see that the digital talents who find their way to Denmark are basically really happy with their working lives.”
Speaking to Business Insider, Lars Fjeldsoe-Nielsen, general partner at VC firm Balderton and a former senior executive at Uber, said he was “not surprised” to see his home country rise through the ranks. 
“As much as I love London, because I’ve lived here many years and I intend to stay, there are some elements that are harder to work with,” he said. 
“London’s a very expensive city. There’s congestion and public transport can be very busy, or it was before the pandemic. You’re seeing a lot of the same dynamics playing out with tech talent moving out of Silicon Valley right now.”  
Theo Andresier, an engineer who moved from the UK to Denmark to take a job with finance firm Nordic API Gateway, said: “Back in London I was working a lot of extra hours but here it’s not even expected of me at all – in fact it’s maybe even frowned upon to downgrade your life for work.
“But the work-life balance here is really solid, and a large part of the culture difference between the UK and Denmark.”