Happiness cannot be measured by economic statistics but they sure can be enlightening. I want to focus on the fact that Denmark considers education to be important enough that they provide it for free. Student loan debt in the USA alone is $1 trillion. That’s two generations in permanent debt, unable to live their lives in a free manner as they are burdened by never-ending debt servicing. It’s analogous to how the developed world extracts resources from the lesser developed nations (be they natural or human) and makes it nearly impossible for them to develop or put into place much-needed social safety nets because of *their* having to service huge debts. In a like manner, two generations of people have their talents and skills bought cheaply (since with the burden of crushing debt, most take whatever job they can get), having to spend a significant percentage of their meager wages to pay for loans, for interest most often, never able to have the ability to freely choose the kind of life they’d like to live lest they default on their loan repayments and have their credit scores go down, making life even more difficult and interest rates on credit cards higher. In the 21st century, higher education and vocational/technical education should be considered a basic human right in any nation claiming to be developed or enlightened. The only limits to education should be only the natural intellectual limits of any given individual. If you are smart enough or talented enough to pass entrance exams, your education should be free. In an ideal world, we would PAY individuals to get educations or mid-career re-training. It’s all about valuing humans and valuing knowledge and special skills, regardless of whether there is a profit to be made in doing so. It’s also about re-directing higher education and vocational schools away from a for-profit model. For it’s the never ending quest for profits on the part of schools and banks that poisons and distorts the lives of students from influencing their course of study to chaining them to jobs they can’t stand for the rest of their lives in order to service their debt. It’s about economic democracy in the development of well-rounded, critical thinking, knowledgable, skilled humans who will have choices and freedom of action.