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Meet the Danes

When you come to Denmark, you will hopefully discover that the Danes are helpful and trusting people. While perhaps a little reserved at first, Danes are open-minded, easygoing, and easily humored – and almost always look on the bright side of life.

Being a foreigner and getting used to local habits and different cultures is always a challenge – but also very rewarding. To some international travelers, Danes may seem a little private at first – not wanting to intrude on other people’s personal space uninvited. The best advice is to make the first move - go ahead and say hello. You’ll soon discover that most Danes are very approachable, friendly, and helpful.

While Danes might seem reserved at first, you will usually find them to be outspoken and fun-loving once you get to know them. Indeed, humor – especially irony – is an integral part of Danish culture.

Danes are outspoken

Open discussion is a central element of Danish culture. At home and at school, Danish children are encouraged to express their opinions and are generally informed about adult subjects when they are old enough to ask about them.

Danes are punctual

Most Danes are easygoing and enjoy companionship. However, if you want to meet up with friends, you usually make an appointment. Showing up at your friend’s place for a quick chat without calling in advance is not usually well-accepted.

Danes in a nutshell

  • If a Dane says "meet at 5:00", they mean 5:00 sharp, even for social events
  • Danes tend to say what they think and cut to the chase
  • The Danes are not very formal but prefer informal social interaction
  • Even the slightest hint of sun in the spring will make Danes head outdoors for strolling, jogging, and café life

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