Denmark Local Customs

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Denmark Local Customs

  • Lifestyle & Habits

    Copenhagen Local Customs

    On the Hop on Hop off bus tour we learned about the garden allotments. In Danish culture the allotment garden has become a symbol of blue-collar culture - with all the positives and negatives associated with that. In Copenhagen an association named "Arbejdernes Værn" (lit. "The Worker's Protection") founded the first allotment gardens in 1891 so...

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  • Language

    Copenhagen Local Customs

    Every Danish person we spoke to whether it was in hotels, shops, restaurants or on the street, spoke perfect English. After our first day in the city we stopped asking people if they speak English when asking a question or beginning a conversation - rather presumptous on our part but there was no point in asking just for the sake of it.

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  • Food.

    Copenhagen Local Customs

    This is an open sandwich which is a favourite of the Danes, and so we decided to give it a go. The most famous is a Herring one, so that's what I had. It wasn't too bad, especially as I'd never had Herring before. I wasn't keen on the bread though, and I'm glad I'd already been on the boat trip as I suspect I may have sunk the boat if I'd eaten...

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  • Holydays and celebations

    Copenhagen Local Customs

    Like most places in the western world, most Danes celebrated Christmas is in one way or another. The biggest moment of Christmas, for Danes, is the evening of Dec. 24th! That’s when families all over the country gather, to go through the worldwide known rituals of overeating and the giving and receiving of presents! If you’re overcome with the...

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  • Beer.

    Copenhagen Local Customs

    Not just Carlsberg. There are many different Danish beers, do try them! My favourite is Tuborg. You can look out for Christmasbeer during the right time, and also Easter Beer. There are many different breweries in Copenhagen.

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  • Bikes

    Copenhagen Local Customs

    One of the first things you will notice when you arrive to Copenhagen as a foreigner is the huge amount of bicycles. Most Copenhagen citizens use the bicycle as their main mode of transport and it's the most common way to commute to work in Copenhagen. You will find bicycles in all shapes there. Some of them cheap budget bikes that people have...

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  • Street Life

    Copenhagen Local Customs

    Check this out! Domestic household articles neatly arranged on attractive stands. The prices are clearly visible I hope ;) It looked good enough to eat ;) You're supposed to use 'good' brushes for your clothes. And 'bad' brushes???? They're for bath-time spanking when you've been a bad boy ;) ! ???? Bad in Danish means BATH :)

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  • Christmas Decorations

    Copenhagen Local Customs

    December in Denmark is dark, so the Danes like to make lights throughout the city. Copenhagen is decorated with thousands of Christmas lights, accentuating the special Danish holiday atmosphere. At the Town Hall Square you can experience the festive lighting of the Christmas tree, as well as busy shops and people rushing through the atmospheric...

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  • Toilets

    Copenhagen Local Customs

    I must admit that Danish cleanliness is up there with the best of them. Copenhagen could not be described as spotless, but they make a pretty good fist of things. Even in the dodgier fast food chains toilets seemed to be hygenic. The only offputting thing was the number of toilets that had a bin for the disposal of needles. Now i'm quite a...

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  • Festivals and events

    Copenhagen Local Customs

    Friday night of week 41 – middle of October – is The Culture Night in Copenhagen, and in some locations across Denmark as well. The date varies, but in 2007 it will be on October 12th. All sorts of places are open to the public. Museums and sights, institutes and institutions, shops, zoo, parliament, and Copenhagen city hall, will be open until...

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  • Smoking

    Copenhagen Local Customs

    The Danes' attitude to smoking is generally quite liberal and according to the statistics 34% of the population are smokers. But if you walk through the streets it looks like almost everybody is smoking:-) Smoking is permitted in most cafes and restaurants. People smoke free in the streets, inside universities or big shopping centres. OK or...

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  • Royal Guard

    Copenhagen Local Customs

    I prefer the Royal Guards in Copenhagen when looking at them against other regiments around Europe. They go about their business, marching to and from the Amalienborg Palace through the streets on a regular, if not daily basis. They always have a police escort, generally one police officer on foot whoi sometimes struggles to control the public...

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  • Ice Cream

    Copenhagen Local Customs

    Danes Love Ice Cream! When you come here you should try and find an ice cream shop (shouldn't be too hard). The best way to go is get 3 scoops, guf (a strawberry goo type stuff), flodeskum (whipped cream) and a flodeboller ( chocolate coverered marshmellow thingy). It's a fantastic way to enjoy an afternoon, licking an ice cream and sitting on a...

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  • Raising the Flag

    The Danish flag is also the people's flag, it is a symbol of patriotism, the majority of house-owners with a garden have a flagpole, on which they raise the flag for holidays, birthdays, the first of May or whatever opportunity may arise.

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  • Sankt Hans Aften.

    The evening of Sankt Hans is a very big danish tradition even if it's a little odd as it's a weird mix of christian and pre christian traditions, combined with some good old witch burning.The evening was traditionally celebrated by the danes as the longest day of the year, but then christianity came around and they tried to incooperate the...

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  • A Favorite Custom!

    It seems not uncommon to be served 'Bitters' for breakfast on special occasions. This was a really nice surprise for me. Sometimes we'll have a champagne brunch, but alcohol is not usually served with breakfast. I stayed in a couple of homes while in Danmark so had a glimpse of life as lived in this part of the world. One of the most impressive...

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  • Something for old farts

    Beware of the "Fartcontrol" in Danmark ! It has nothing to do with the english meaning of the word "fart", but it is the speed-control ! In almost any small village in Danmark you will have such a control that will show the exacte speed you are driving.50km/h is the maximum and when you go any faster the lights on top will start to blink and you...

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  • Danes don´t say please.

    This might come as a big suprise to many, but the word "please" does not excist in danish.When you have a conversation with a dane and it would be obvious to use the word please, a dane might not do so.That is in most cases not because he/she is unpolite, but because we don´t do that when we talk to eachother in daily life.so remember:when you are...

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  • The danes can be quite sensitive.

    The danes are very sensitive about critisizm towards their country.They tend to spend all day complaining about it, but if any foreigner says one negative word they will flip all over the place.So remember:Don't tell a dane that 60 procent income tax is too high :O)Don't tell him 25 procent vat is too high :O)Don't laugh at the danes when they all...

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  • The Danes - Very honest and law abiding...

    I am from Poland and people in my country are raised with tales of uprisings, strikes and constant battle for freedom against -really-any power and authority. So imagine it is for me to enter a world of law abiding citizens, honesty and ... well it is heaven! People in Denmark act not only like they wouldn't brake any law or regulation but llike...

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  • Friendly Vikings!

    People in Denmark are very friendly... I wouldn't believe that statement before I went there. I always imagined the Danes as "typical" Scandinavians; cool, controlled and well kept to themselves. But this is not the case! People in Denmark are extremely polite, friendly and helpfull and that doesn't diverse much between the big cities and small...

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  • Christmas Trees

    Denmark is the world’s largest exporter of Christmas trees and produces 6 to 7 million of the 50 million Christmas trees annually used in Europe. Nordmann (or Caucasian) fir is the most popular Christmas tree grown in Denmark.

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  • Hylleblomst

    This flower drink is delicious!!!if you are in Denmark, you must ask for a hylleblomst! It's served iced, or warm... we tried it warm at "Mette Søgaard Hansen" in Roskilde, as we waited for the rest of the VT crew to show up the first night of our trip; and it was delicious!(better than tea!)Some might find it too sweet, but it was really yummy, I...

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  • Danish hot dogs

    Danish hotdogs were better than New York hotdogs! The Danish hot dog features a long, thin bright-red sausage, similar to a foot-long hot dog in the USA They steam the hot dog sausage and the bread is warmed in either an oven or toaster. Ketchup, mustard and remoulade sauce (I did not know what that remolade sauce was... until I tried it in the...

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  • Æbleskiver

    The best way I can describe what Æbleskiver are is like a pancake made into a little ball and fried. Danes eat these yummy "apple slices" with strawberry jam and powder sugar and glögg (se my Sweden page) to drink to them. They're so good!Traditionally they used to have apple bites but nowadays they shine for their absence (hehe, no offense), if...

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  • Smørrebrød - my favorite type of...

    Smørrebrød is a special kind of Danish sandwich : first of all it is mostly made of dark, whole-wheat-bread and it is covered with fish, meat and/or vegetables, pickles etc. Mostly there is no majonaise.Mostly you may get Smørrebrød in bakeries or also a few "Smørrebrød-shops" like one that I remember close to Tivoli in Copenhagen. Some of these...

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  • See traditional costumes in the...

    See people in their traditional costumes and merchants, farmers, hat-makers etc. at work in the open-air-museums like "Den Gammle By" in Aarhus. These museums are open like small villages during the evening and night, and you may take a walk through them freely and without restrictions. During the day - according to the opening-hours - the doors of...

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  • The changing of the guards in...

    The changing of the guards in Amalienborg Slot is a nice event for the tourists and it takes place every day at noon in front of Amalienborg Palace. Dont expect a big ceremony like in Bukingham Palace, it starts quite un-spectekular, when some soldiers get out of a side-wing and start marching towards the collegues on duty.All of the ceremony is...

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  • Dannebrog - the royal yacht

    You may see Dannebrog, the Royal Danish Yacht mostly in Aarhus during the summer-season, when Queen Margarethe II is living in her summer-residence closeby. The royal yacht was built in 1931 and shows the danish crown in front of the ship. It is considdered to be one of the official "residences" and is mostly used to visit remote places of Danmark...

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  • Thunderstones

    Fossilized sea urchins named thunderstones was in the old days believed to origin from lightning. Lightning arising from the wheels of Thors chariot when he was riding across the road in the sky. The thunderstones was carried as amulets in the believe that it was a used lightning and as lightning was assumed not to be able to strike twice you would...

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  • Food

    Danish have similar habits to the British: breakfast in a hurry, a packed lunch at school or work and a larger meal in the evenings. However, for the evening meal families make a real effort to get together and eat at home.

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  • Understatements

    Talking to a Dane it’s a good idea to know where he/she is from in the country. As people from Jutland has the custom to make understatements or under act what they tell you as well as some from Copenhagen are more prone to exaggeration.

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  • Office breakfasts

    In Danish offices, it is common to have breakfast together, say Friday mornings. People take it in turn to bring Danish pastry and other things generally associated with a Danish breakfast.

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  • The Flag

    Nowhere in Europe people seem to be more proud of their flag than in Denmark, but then the "Dannebrogen" is the oldest nation flag in the world. Every toyshop and supermarket sell Danish flags for birthday parties, silver weddings, exams and such and there are several special shops for party goods. This flag waving nation can be studied carefully...

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  • Outdoor babies

    A few years ago, a woman was charged with neglecting her baby in New York. In fact, she only did what is perfectly normal in Denmark, i.e. left baby and pram on the pavement outside a cafe. You see it everywhere in the country as Scandinavians like their children to get fresh air whatever the weather. Danes also smoke a lot more indoors than Swedes...

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  • Royalists

    Danes are proud not only of their flag, but of their royal family. The very relaxed Queen is cherished and the party when Crown prince Frederik married Australian Mary Donaldson was huge - this was the view from my office on their wedding day. In wintertime, the queen resides at Amalienborg in Copenhagen, but the family also has castles to the...

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  • no talking on buses or trains

    There is a unwritten rule within the danish transportation system in denamrk. There is no talking on the buses especially talking loud. If you know someone then you can talk quiet.

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  • Danish Nationalism

    Danish nationalism is felt in the bordering area with Germany, that is, southern Denmark. more than a century ago.. with numerous wars with Germany, Denmark lost quite a big territory ... and won back (though the former was more frequent and significat) left the Danes there, nurturing some of their old customs. Still in many places in southern...

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  • The people

    You're bound to meet a few rude people. Beware of this fact before entering the country and it won't surprise you! Even so, and especially if you come from nice-people-all-over Germany, do keep in mind that the majority is nice. Sooner or later you'll find yourself surrounded by nice people!

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  • THE FAMOUS MERMAID IS A MUST...

    The famous MERMAID is a MUST of course...she dates from 1913 and is the very emblem now of Danmark.Amalienborg Palace: When the queen is in residence you can watch the changing of guards (accompanied by a band) at noon.he Carlsberg Brewery is worth a visit: you are shown around and can taste the quality of the product.Frederiksborg Castle is one of...

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  • pigs we just love pigs

    absolutly must is to eat a hot dog "med det hele" at a peolsevogn. Most or dishes are with pork meat, thats why we have so many pigs every where.

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  • Funny Laws

    Disclaimer: Folks, in any case no offence was meant by me with this tip. Itýs just for a bit of fun. And, besides, I guess youýd like to know what youýre not actually allowed to do while in Denmark. Iýve put similar sections to pages of countries where Iýve been, and for those where Iýve not (hopefully yet) been the Funny Laws section is available...

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  • Midsummers Eve ~

    or Sankt Hans as the evening is called in Denmark.In Denmark we also have our traditions for this evening...Normally there are bonfires all over the country with people getting together singing, drinking - sometimes with speaches.A really cosy tradition - especially if the rain is not pooring down as it sometimes ends up with!! On the bonfires we...

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  • The Christmas trees

    In Denmark Christmas is held on the eve of December 24.In many families it is a tradition to go to church in the afternoon - and the churches are always packed this day.Afterwards there are the Christmas dinner at home (flaeskesteg, kartofler, brunede kartofler and so forth)...The tree is a big part of the Danish tradition - because most families...

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  • It's... oh so quiet...

    Denmark is so unbelievably quiet. Especially during holiday or even on sunday there are no people on the streets and all small towns look like they were deserted. It's even hard to find some cafe that would be open.

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