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What cultural faux pas should I try to avoid making in Denmark?

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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," remarked another expat in Denmark.

"Yes. I kept telling my mother-in-law for probably 4 years that I was going to the "støvsuger" (vacuum cleaner) to watch television instead of "stuen" (living room)! Of course they knew what I meant (they don't speak English) but were too polite to ever correct me!!!," said a member in Aarhus, Denmark.

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