Customs and traditions
Perhaps the most important thing may be to
point out that Danes and Swedes are very similar. It is
possible that Danes are generally relatively informal -
both in their contacts with each other and in clothing -
although it differs slightly depending on age and
The older generation is still greeting "good day"
(pronounced "good") and saying "goodbye" at departure.
Younger Danes usually greet with a "hello" (pronounced "hai")
and are separated by a "hello". Almost everyone now says
"you" to each other. Exceptions may be older, foreign
persons who are often addressed with "they" (pronounced
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However, Danes are not informal when it comes to
agreements and times. They arrive at least 5 minutes
before an agreed meeting and are no more than 5 to 10
minutes late for a dinner. At a dinner party, the guest
has a small gift for the host, such as flowers,
chocolate or a bottle of wine.
At workplaces there is also an informal tone, and
leaders are keen to get unfiltered ideas and opinions
from the "floor". But a manager and an employee are not
equal, although it can often sound like that.
Danes eat and drink the same as Swedes, who during a
stay in Denmark should know that breakfast is called
breakfast, while lunch is called breakfast. For lunch,
smørrebrød is often eaten, which can be simple but also
varied and refined. Dinner is called dinner or dinner,
which used to mean lunch. Danes probably drink a little
more beer and wine than Swedes, since the drinks are
sold everywhere, but not to young people under 18.
Drunkness is not socially accepted.
Danes can discuss almost everything. It is ok to ask
people which party they are voting for, but that does
not have to mean that the respondent answers the
question. In municipal and parliamentary elections,
everyone gets the same ballot, where all parties and
candidates are listed. Danes are surprised when they
find out that voters in Sweden must open party-specific
ballots in all openness.
You can ask Danes what they work with, but not what
they earn. And the tax office must not publish what
people have for income, as it used to do in the past.
The Danes can be a bit ironic, even self-irreverent.
It's a way to distance yourself a bit. Although Danes
consider themselves quite pleasant, it may take quite a
long time before a new colleague or a new neighbor is
invited home. Foreigners who live or work in Denmark
often find it difficult to get into what they perceive
as rather closed circles. But this also applies to
Jutlanders (Jutters) in Copenhagen and not least
Copenhageners in Jutland.
Jyder has a strong self-esteem, mixed with a rubbish
of uncertainty towards Copenhageners. A jyde was asked
if he was proud to be jyde. He thought and replied "no -
but grateful". The dry humor you find in Skåne also
thrives in Jutland. And jyder uses unwary big words.
They do not say "great" but "not bad".
Denmark is a society of trust. You trust your
neighbor, your colleague, your agreements, your
municipality and your government authorities. In this
way, Danes are possibly more authoritarian than Swedes.
They expect problems and conflicts to be resolved
through talks and negotiations, and compromises are
reached. Strikes are now rare. On the other hand, Danes
are quite aggressive in traffic, which can be good to
know if you visit the country.
The Danes have many holidays: New Year, Easter (even
Thursday), Christ's Ascension Day (always a Thursday,
but many also take free the following Friday), Pentecost
(also other Pentecost). There were more Christian
holidays 250 years ago, but they were merged into a "big
prayer day". No one is praying today, but it is a
beautiful spring Friday, and the government failed to
abolish it when it tried to spring 2012. The
Constitution Day (Constitution Day) is celebrated on
June 5, and then you have to wait for Christmas when
both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and Anniversary are
holidays. In Denmark, Midsummer is not celebrated but
well, Saint Hans's evening on June 23, but it is no
holiday. Most appreciated are probably the holidays in
May and June - and Christmas. Christmas Eve food can be
pork, but also duck or goose, and these are also eaten
on Mortensafton on November 10.
Despite all the holiday weeks and holidays, there are
still 44 weeks when the Danes work - and according to
international statistics relatively comparatively
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