Equality is of paramount value to the Danes, who have the highest percentage of women in the workforce over all other nations in Europe. Almost 80% of Danish women earn a paycheck. Danish culture also emphasizes modesty, punctuality and a lack of formality that may seem rude at first but isn't at all. They tend to be reserved, possess a sarcastic and dry sense of humor and aim to avoid conflict and confrontation whenever possible.
The Danish people are also true perfectionists, a trait apparent everywhere you turn in visually spectacular Denmark. Their penchant for good design, attention to detail and excellent craftsmanship is world-renown.
Danish is the national language of Denmark, but English is also widely spoken throughout the country. Other languages you may hear the Danes speaking are German and, to a lesser degree, French, Faroese and Greenlandic.
The majority of Danes belong to the Church of Denmark, a Christian church with its roots in the Lutheran tradition. It is more formally known as in English as the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark, though everyone does not attend. Other worldwide religions are also represented in smaller numbers.
Danes prefer to be modest concerning their own accomplishments, putting their concern toward the group as a whole over their own individual needs.
In Denmark, it's essential to be punctual. And if someone sneezes, say "Prosit" and never "Bless you."
Christmas in Denmark is a much-anticipated hallmark celebration for the Danes, epitomizing a term they use to mean coziness, which is "hygge" (pronounced HUGH-guh). In everyday settings, hygee is often created through relaxed conversation with friends over candlelight, wine and maybe something to eat - particularly in the darker hours or cooler months, when everyone can sit snug under a blanket while the snow falls outside.
If you're at a Danish home, wait to begin eating until the host toasts with "Skol." Raise your glass to eye level and make eye contact with the people seated closest to you.
In Denmark, the meaningful enjoyment of a meal among friends and family might surpass the importance of the food itself. That said, there are plenty of Danish delights to be had at mealtimes across the country.
Meat and fish are staples in Denmark, where they often top the Danes' signature open sandwiches, known as smørrebrød. These can range from simple affairs of pickled herring or liver pate for lunch to artfully decorated specialties piled high with the finest ingredients.
On the go, you can visit the kebab stands and pizzerias. But do make time to savor the raved-about restaurants in Copenhagen that have earned every one of those Michelin stars. The city's chefs have worked hard in recent years to take their menus to a gourmet level that highlights fresh local produce and puts a modern twist on traditional Danish fare. Keep an open mind and you'll embark on a true gastronomic adventure! Just be sure to save room for an authentic Danish pastry. You won't find a legal drinking age in Denmark, thus the culture around alcohol is relaxed and social. In this self-proclaimed nation of beer enthusiasts, you might begin with a famed Carlsberg or Tuborg beer and branch out to some Danish microbrews from there.