A Danish club or association is often a co-operation based on the voluntary participation of people who share an interest, hobby, or sport. These may vary from book clubs over tennis associations to political parties. Depending on the members participating, each association has a distinct set of norms and values that define the nature of the community. The following tips will help you when joining club:
ask questions about the traditions, customs and unwritten rules of your new club or association - initiate a conversation and get to know the community better
find someone who can translate for you. Alternatively, you might need to remind your fellow club or association members to speak English whenever you are around
learning to speak Danish will be a great advantage - although the vast majority of Danes speaks English and many fairly well, Danes prefer to speak Danish in mixed groups
remember to cancel by phone or e-mail whenever you are unable to participate in the activities of the club or association, also the Danes are known for their punctuality – so show up on time!
volunteer to help with practical tasks. Members of Danish clubs and associations commonly take turns at driving to tournaments, baking or cooking for events, washing the team uniforms, staying to help tidying up, etc.
seasons vary from activity to activity and club to club – for instance the tennis season starts in May. Don’t be frustrated if you cannot start right away
bring cake on your birthday or beer for the team when celebrating a great match - Danes love all kinds of celebrations not to mention ‘hygge’, in essence meaning creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life
Danes are known for their liberal and unabashed way of life – for instance, communal changing and bathing is custom in Denmark, though boys and girls/men and women change separately
religion is rarely talked about - although nearly 80% of the Danish population are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark, Danes only rarely participate in ceremonies – also Danes tend to be private about their religious views
Danes might seem reserved at first – take initiative, introduce yourself and ask questions – you will find that they are outspoken and warm-hearted people once you get under their skin
once you have a Danish friend, you have a friend for life - if you have a problem, they will come to your rescue and will be there for you through thick and thin
ask for help. For fear of invading your private space, a Dane will rarely help you out spontaneously. However, if you ask for help, a Dane will never reject you!
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