Danish Cultural Taboos

When visiting another country. travelers will find out that locals will always appreciate efforts towards doing things as they are traditionally done in the place. It is not different in Denmark. For one to be able to do as the Danes do, it would be wise to be aware of some Danish cultural taboos.

Danes prefer not to be touched especially by people who they do not consider close to them. Thus, a firm handshake with solid eye contact is sufficient for introductions. Giving compliments is considered inappropriate. Being overfriendly or overly familiar with casual acquaintances is considered rude and impolite. Asking personal questions about family, religion, and finances is considered intrusive. Talks about personal details are not encouraged unless the local initiates sharing of family details for example.

Since Danes are generally tolerant, it would be wise for visitors to avoid introducing talks that dwell on criticising others. They are especially proud of their country and are more than willing to provide information about it. They are also very frank or blunt but this is just their way and is not necessarily intended to hurt. They usually do so to drive home a point that can help so it would be best to be open and receptive to their suggestions and comments.

Punctuality is a way of life so be sure to provide ample notice when arriving late cannot be avoided. In spite of the Danes’ seeming reservation, they are actually very warm people who enjoy long conversations and social activities. Danes are especially known for honoring their word thus the reasonable expectation for others to do the same.


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