The expression 'good morning' is only used until app. 9.30. If you use it after this time, Danes will perceive it as being sarcastic, meaning that you refer to them coming late.
If you want to get to know the Danes, make friends or just chat, you often have to make the first move - go ahead and say hello. If you want to start a conversation with a Dane you don't know well, asking about travelling, books and food never fails.
Calling the Danes
When Danes answer the phone, they usually answer with saying their first name only and not their surname.
Do not expect confrontations from Danes. They are very patient and rarely lose control. If they get upset, they will tell the person in a cool and relaxed way.
Rød grød med fløde
Danes like to ask foreigners to say the most famous Danish tongue twister "rød grød med fløde". This is because it is extremely difficult for foreigners to pronounce it. So, you should expect to say it often.
Although Danes have very good manners, they do not have a word for "please". Instead they use "Tak" (Thanks).
When you enter a room full of a group of people, you are expected to go around and shake everyone's hands, saying, "Hi, I'm ...." Just keep going until you have shaken hands with everyone in the room, upon which time you can stop and talk to whomever seems interesting. Greetings are casual, with a firm handshake, direct eye contact, and a smile.
Learn the basics
It is useful to learn some basic words like "Tak" for thank you, and "Goddag" (Good Day), it will be much appreciated. Saying hello is easy - it's just "Hej!!" (pronounced Hi!) Goodbye is "Hej Hej!" (Hi Hi!)
Respect for privacy
Danes value privacy very highly - it's part of their general attitude of tolerance. Neighbors, for example, may not ask you where you come from, thus respecting your privacy. If you smile and introduce yourself, most people will respond politely.
Honesty over courtesy
Danes value honesty over courtesy. You’re also expected to voice the mistakes you make, hiding them is unacceptable!