What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Denmark?
We asked people in Denmark if they could share any humorous cultural blunders they commited. For new expats, keep in mind that these incidents are an inevitable part of expat life. Learning to laugh about them is the key!...
"It is important to be aware of cultural differences when visiting Denmark. It is considered rude to be late for appointments, so it is important to arrive on time. It is also important to be aware of personal space and not to stand too close to someone when speaking. It is also important to be aware of the Danish concept of 'Janteloven', which is a set of unwritten rules that promote humility and discourage individualism. It is also important to be aware of the Danish concept of 'Hygge', which is a feeling of comfort and contentment. Finally, it is important to be aware of the Danish language and to try to use it when possible," commented one expat who made the move to Denmark.
"The most embarrassing blunder I committed was just bimbling along thinking I was making friends with Danished people, only to realise that friendship is a weird thing in Denmark and has more to do with who you play handball with than who you *thumps chest* bond with. Or something like that. The drunks are very friendly though, so my advice to newbies is to take to the bars if you want to feel any warmth," remarked another expat in Allover, Denmark.
- What do I need to know before moving to Denmark?
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- What is a typical expat home or apartment like in Denmark?
- What is the average cost of housing in Denmark?
- Should I buy or rent a home in Denmark?
- What should I pack when moving to Denmark?
- What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Denmark?
- Why do people move to Denmark?
- What are healthcare services like in Denmark?
- What are medical services in Denmark like?
- What are typical rents in Denmark?
- What appliances are typically included in a rental?
What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Denmark?If you live in Denmark, newcomers to Denmark would love to hear your answer to this question.
About the Author
Joshua Wood, LPC joined Expat Exchange in 2000 and serves as one of its Co-Presidents. He is also one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. Prior to Expat Exchange, Joshua worked for NBC Cable (MSNBC and CNBC Primetime). Joshua has a BA from Syracuse and a Master's in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. Mr. Wood is also a licensed counselor and psychotherapist.