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'Lycklig' job alert: IKEA wants to pay you to find out the secret to happiness

Does the secret of happiness lie in Copenhagen? Image: Getty

Are you a keen resande (traveller in Swedish)? Do you like köttbullar och pengar (meatballs and money)?

Are you searching for the meaning of lycka (happiness)?

Then have we got the job for you.

IKEA is looking for someone to help them find out what the meaning of happiness is, and they’re willing to pay.

The furniture company has announced it will pay someone to travel Denmark - one of the happiest countries in the world - for two weeks to research happiness.

“We hope that you will come visit us in Denmark and help us find all the keys to a real home of happiness,” IKEA says on the job description.

“Keys we will share with the rest of the world – and hopefully make everyone in it (perhaps even you?) a little bit happier.”

To apply, you need to be curious - “perhaps even born with a magnifying glass in your hand”, an avid traveller, at least 18 and comfortable in front of the camera.

“And you have always wanted to find the secret to happiness.”

If you score the gig, you’ll receive a temporary home “ready to be filled with happiness” in Copenhagen and two weeks in Denmark.

You’ll also get free köttbullar.

Travel expenses are also covered, in addition to the payment over two weeks of around $11,636.

To win the job, you need to fill in regular application details but also upload a video explaining why you want to investigate happiness.

Why does IKEA want to send you to Denmark?

Denmark is known for its concept of hygge, which means anything that helps an atmosphere feel cozy, like a bowl of soup or a group of friends gathered in a cozy lounge room with the fire going.

That’s certainly a good thing for happiness.

Danish workers also enjoy the shortest working week in Europe at 36 hours, in addition to free education, healthcare and subsidised childcare.

Applications close on 1 July, with the winner to be announced in mid-July. The winner will travel to Denmark in September.

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