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09-10-2015

Danish Culture in My Eyes – Tanima

Danish Culture In My Eyes – by Tanima Bhattacharya

Denmark is world known for being the happiest country in the world and the second largest city, Aarhus is known as one of the happiest cities in the world. But to know the real, happy Denmark you really have to go there. I have been living in Denmark for more than a year now and my love for Denmark has only grown. Though I come from a country where the weather, food, culture is lovely and everything is way different from Denmark, there is still that affection, love and warmth in this country that makes me fall in love with Denmark again and again.

The reason why I think Danes are the happiest people in the world is mainly because they do not judge other people’s lives, and have the freedom to choose the kind of life they are comfortable in. Combined with their free mindedness and the warm people makes Denmark one of the best places to live.

The first thing I noticed when I came here was the bike riding. I saw it everywhere from small towns to large cities. After some time I’ve come to think of biking as joyous and a good exercise and it really saves me time and money. And not to forget: it’s great way to limit the pollution of the environment. So now even my husband has become a bike addict after coming to Denmark.

The people here are really helpful. I want to cite a short incident here. I remember once in the initial months when I came here, I took the wrong bus and landed in a different place very far from where I was going. Somehow my Google Maps were not working, but luckily I met a Dane and asked him for the place I am looking for. Though he did not understand English that well, he still was kind enough not only to tell me the exact place, but give me the bus number and the directions from when I get off. Such small incidents like this make me feel the warmth of the people here.

One of the most important parts of staying here is to learn the language. Though the Danes speak English a good way to get to know their culture is to get to know their language. And when it comes to their religion, the people here are not very religious, but their festivals and holidays have their own Danish touch and tradition.

Like last year in Christmas when I was invited to a Danish Christmas dinner. We were served different foods in courses and was told that one of the most common tradition here is to have snaps in “juleferie” (the Christmas holidays) and one dessert, which I found really delicious, was Risalamande (Ricepudding with almonds) served it with jam: strawberry, blueberry or raspberries.

I could go on, with my experiences, but to sum it up, I think my stay has been wonderful and being a part of the International Community has helped me enjoy and fall in love with the country and make my stay much easier.
Love Denmark and Live Denmark.

PS. Have you just arrived, here’s a tip: You can never predict the weather in Denmark, so it is best to have a varied wardrobe. From summer to autumn it can rain anytime.

By Tanima Bhattacharya

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