Chapter 4. Life in Denmark
This is an excerpt from the Worktrotter's Guide to Denmark.
Many books have been written on the topic of “cultural differences”. But they tend to mostly focus on differences in mentality. However, when moving to a country, you will be confronted with many other aspects. These are the ones we will look
at in this chapter.
First of all, it must be stressed that each and every one of us arrives with some baggage – our own background, our own history from our own personal surroundings. In Denmark, you’ll obviously settle into your own particular environment and get to know a certain group of people. Consequently, each of us may get to know a different Denmark. You may recognize some of the aspects described below whereas others you won’t.
– The Danes are known as the “Italians of the north“ because of their generally relaxed attitude. Supposedly, they tend not to take things too seriously.
– They are a homogeneous people, who by and large have similar values. They know the same books / bands / songs / TV shows, etc. It is quite amazing how many people know each other or have common acquaintances. There seems to be little difference between people – a consequence, perhaps of the “Jantelov“ (see Chapter 2.4.4), the equality principle, and the tax rates.
– Rules are there to be adhered to. Therefore, there is no preferential treatment.It is neither expected nor granted.
– Danes are very punctual. Appointment times are meant to be exact.People show up on time – being late is considered extremely impolite.
Contents of Chapter 4. Life in Denmark
4.2 Quality of life
4.3 Our expectations
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