The Happiest Folk on the Planet

Denmark: Trolls

What do Danes and Trolls have in common? They both know how to find their happy place.

The Happiest Folk on the Planet

By Stefan Roesch and Pennie Hunt

The sparkling animation that is Dreamworks’ Trolls is described as "a smart, funny and irreverent comedy about the search for happiness, and just how far some will go to get it."

We’d go so far as to say that if that inner quest for happiness led you to an actual destination, it would surely be to Denmark – home of the original Troll Doll, and a country consistently ranking at the top of the United Nations World Happiness Report. Like Poppy, the happiest troll ever born, the Danes know how to keep a smile on their faces.

Everyone's favourite troll Poppy and the irrasible Branch from the Netflix spin-off Trolls: The Beat Goes On! 

Everyone's favourite troll Poppy and the irrasible Branch from the Netflix spin-off Trolls: The Beat Goes On! 

We talked to Signe Lüth Di Liberto, International Project Manager at VisitDenmark to find out more about what Danes and Trolls have in common.

What is the connection between Denmark and the origin of the trolls?

"Because Trolls was based on the popular Danish Dam Troll universe, there is a real connection to Denmark as the homeland of the trolls. Even though no Danish locations actually appear in the movie, what is strongly conveyed are the values that are true to Denmark as a family holiday destination."

VisitDenmark created a tourism campaign that ran under the motto 'Find your happy place in Denmark' and showcased places from the perspective of the trolls.

VisitDenmark created a tourism campaign that ran under the motto 'Find your happy place in Denmark' and showcased places from the perspective of the trolls.

"The creator of the original trolls, Thomas Dam was a Danish woodworker and fisherman. He came from Gjøl in the northern part of Denmark and designed and invented the original Troll Doll in 1959, also known as the Good Luck Troll. According to old fairytales trolls have magic powers. They love to make you smile and be happy."

The original factory of the Troll Dolls has recently been turned into a museum.

The original factory of the Troll Dolls has recently been turned into a museum.

How can I connect with the world of the Trolls when travelling around Denmark?

"Because the film is not location specific you'll be looking to encounter the creative and playful culture of Denmark, and hopefully feel some of the magic of the landscape and happiness of the people. That is the very essence of the movie."

Consistently ranked among the top three on the World Happiness Report, Denmark is considered the world's happiest country.

Consistently ranked among the top three on the World Happiness Report, Denmark is considered the world's happiest country.

Let's pretend Trolls are for real. What would be some of their favorite places in Denmark?

"They would certainly love to visit their hometown Gjøl in North Jutland. From there they would go to Skagen...

...Skagen is Denmark's northernmost point where the Skagerrak and Kattegat seas meet. Here the trolls would have a great time playing on the beach.

...Skagen is Denmark's northernmost point where the Skagerrak and Kattegat seas meet. Here the trolls would have a great time playing on the beach.


They would also really feel at home in the Mols Mountain forest in East Jutland...

They would also really feel at home in the Mols Mountain forest in East Jutland...

...and they would definitely pay a visit to the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen for hours of fun."

...and they would definitely pay a visit to the Tivoli Gardens in Copenhagen for hours of fun."

And finally, what are your happy places in Denmark?

"During the summer I love the coastline of North Sealand and the picturesque town of Tisvildeleje, where we sometimes rent a summer house. The South of Zealand, where my family is from, has a lot to offer families with kids, like the stunning nature of Møns Klint or the Knuthenborg Safari Park."

Nature is the best playground: Møns Klint is a 6 kilometre-long chalk cliff on the island of Møn in the Baltic Sea.  

Nature is the best playground: Møns Klint is a 6 kilometre-long chalk cliff on the island of Møn in the Baltic Sea.  

Taming hippos at Knuthenborg Safari Park.

Taming hippos at Knuthenborg Safari Park.

"In the town of Dragør, close to Copenhagen where we live, it is the simple things that we enjoy the most - fishing for crabs in the local harbour or a picnic on the beach."

Hunting your own crabs is not for everyone, but you can always just order them at the nearest restaurant instead.

Hunting your own crabs is not for everyone, but you can always just order them at the nearest restaurant instead.

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