Culture Smart! Denmark introduces you to the Danish people and the values they hold dear.
Mention Denmark and some people will think of marauding Vikings with horned
helmets, looting and pillaging their way across Europe. Others may think of one
of Denmark’s more famous exports – Carlsberg beer, or the fairy tales of Hans
Christian Andersen. But of the Danes themselves they may know very little.
The Danes tend to be
more relaxed and less formal than their fellow Scandinavians, and more
independently minded. In fact, Denmark used to be referred to by its
puritanical northern neighbours as “the loose woman to the south.” This book
gives an insider’s perspective on Danish home, work, and social life, and on
the Jantelov – the principles underpinning the traditional Scandinavian virtues
of modesty, equality, and social cohesion, but which also warn against the
dangers of individualism. There are many practical tips on how to conduct
yourself in Denmark and what to expect in social situations.
The effort you put into getting to know the Danes will be amply
rewarded. Armed with this guide, you will be able to avoid some of the social
and cultural pitfalls that foreign visitors are bound to encounter. And you
will discover that, beneath their quiet northern reserve, the Danish people are
friendly, fair-minded, civilized, and warm.