It is interesting to pause and consider the differences between how we see ourselves, and how others see us.
Much like the US, Denmark is a wealthy country with a high standard of living, a high literacy rate and a high expected lifespan. It's a very civilized place-- something that seems to happen to places that have been "places" for a very long time.
The energy is different here. It's quieter, softer and more... compassionate than we typically experience in the the US. You don't get the sense of the "Stand tall, look 'em in the eye and tell 'em what you know" approach to life and interactions, the way you do in the US. We speak a lot about "freedom" in the US, yet people in Denmark seem much freer that we do, and the pervasive "police presence" in the States is absent here.
As I observe these things, it reminds me that things like freedom and consciousness cannot be policed and/or legislated... they simply happen as a result as a natural consequence of the cultural and social environment.