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Danish Culture

One of the first things you will notice when you arrive in Denmark will be a lot of people on bikes. You might also notice the nice blend of stately old buildings and modern sustainable architecture, which speak of cities that treasure the old but love experimenting with the new. In the video below, you can meet Stephanie and Fabrizio's story about family life in Denmark. 

Danes love bikes

Danish cities are among the most bicycle-friendly in the world with comprehensive systems of bicycle lanes in most major cities and designated bicycle routes crisscrossing the nation. City-dwellers often enjoy weekend outings on bicycles – so pack your lunch and combine an afternoon in the city with a sunset by the coast.

Green lifestyle

A clean environment is important to the Danes. Thirty years of a focused energy policy has made Denmark a world leader in renewable energy technology, including wind turbines and energy efficient waste management.

Good quality of life

International surveys rank Denmark as the “happiest country in the world” again and again. What the surveys show is that the Danes enjoy a very high level of satisfaction with life. They enjoy a balanced work life with a sense of financial security and the freedom and opportunity to pursue personal goals in life.

Equal opportunity

Denmark is one of the most egalitarian societies in the world. The Danish welfare model ensures a healthy work-life balance as well as free education and healthcare for all.

Equal rights

Danish law guarantees freedom of religion and prohibits discrimination based on gender, race, religious belief or sexual orientation.

A safe and family-friendly society

Denmark is a family-friendly society where children and parents enjoy plenty of cultural activities and easy access to nature, beaches and sports facilities. And with Denmark’s low crime rate, children can roam freely and even walk to school themselves.


The word ‘hygge’ is difficult to translate. Roughly speaking, it is a state of cosiness, warmth and relaxation in the company of someone you care about, often involving eating and drinking. For instance, a place can be ‘hyggeligt’ or a person can be ‘hyggelig’ if they have a good vibe. When friends part ways, they often say ‘det var rigtig hyggeligt’, which means ‘it was really hyggeligt’. You can even wish someone a good time by simply saying ‘hyg dig’ (enjoy yourself, have fun).

Various links

Read more about Danish workplace culture here.

Read more about Danish culture at the official website of Denmark:

Moreover, take a look at our Why Aarhus publications or list of books about Danish culture here.

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