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Strange habits of the Danes

Now I will talk about some habits of the inhabitants of Denmark. It’s very interesting to compare with ours. But in general, it’s like another planet. In Russia, such behavior is not even suspected. After all, if you think about it, it’s impossible to apply to us.

About Danes and Denmark, a typical Russian tourist knows the smallest thing: in childhood he read Andersen’s tales, tried Pilsner beer, heard about Hamlet Castle, Lego toys and the Danish design vision.

I propose to get acquainted with the most unexpected features inherent in the contradictory Danish mentality. The possession of a tourist by this information will help save time, money and nerves on a trip to the Danish Kingdom.

1. Undressing under the sun’s rays

Each of the residents of northern and gloomy Denmark has a particularly fervent attitude to the bright sun and vitamin D. In winter, it is taken in the form of tablets, aqueous and oily solutions. In the summer days, as soon as the sun appears in the sky, everyone pours out into the parks and green lawns. The Dane is unlikely to be greatly embarrassed, taking off everything to the torso and sitting down on a bench in one of the central streets of the capital. After all, such a long-awaited sun looked out.

2. All life activities in accordance with the law of the Ianta

The Law of Yantes is an idiomatic, explaining the worldview of the Danes and introduced by the writer Axel Sandemus. In the town of Iante, described in the novel “The Fugitive Crosses Its Track,” the realm of social equality, the basis of which is following the basic rules: residents should not be inimitable and exceptional, sticking out their money, natural talent and successes in appearance, ridicule someone . Understanding the Law of Iante, an understanding of the reasons for the bicycle ride of the Danish ministers to the workplace comes.

But an amazing thing: this exemplary export individualism of Northern Europe rests on principles that deny the individual’s right to individuality.

Do not think that you are special.
Do not think that you are equal to us.
Do not think that you are smarter than us.
Do not imagine that you are better than us.
Do not think that you know more than us.
Do not think that you are more important than us.
Do not think that you are all good at it.
You should not laugh at us.
Do not think that someone is up to you.
Do not think that you can teach us.

These 10 rules – the so-called Janteloven law – were formulated by the Danish writer Axel Sandemuse in the novel En fl yktning krysser sitt spor (literally “The Fugitive crosses his trail” in Russian, not translated into Russian) in 1933.

3. Carrying out picnics near the graves

For recreation in the sun, in addition to park areas, beaches and any benches, the territory of cemeteries, in particular the Copenhagen “Assistant”, is also used. Graves rest families and reading books girls dressed in swimsuits. The main idea is the denial of burials, as the places of death, on the contrary, they impart vital forces. The earth in Denmark is very dear and carefully used every inch of it.

4. Always go with the flag of the country

Flag at the guests who have arrived arriving at the birthdays, they are decorated with a Christmas tree. This attitude does not concern excessive love for the homeland: the Danes are regarded as a simple ornament to the flag. Thanks to this view, it became possible to use the national flag during the Hundelort campaign, when the excrement of dogs was decorated with a tiny flag on top.

5. Leaving children in wheelchairs on the street

Often, in front of a cafe, a shop and a terrace at the house are left baby carriages with sleeping babies. At this time, parents enjoy tea drinking. The emergence of this tradition is associated with the plague epidemic. That children did not get infected, they slept under the open sky.

6. Not curtained windows

Walking in the evenings over Copenhagen, the windows without curtains are conspicuous. The explanation of the townspeople – there is no reason to withhold anything. The presence of curtains and fences indicates the desire to wall yourself off from society, which is alien to the Danes.

7. Saving your personal space

The inhabitants of Denmark are not in a hurry to let strangers close to them. They are little inclined to embrace, slap on the shoulder and kiss on the cheek during acquaintance. Danes for a very long time do not let new people into the circle of their close acquaintances.

8. Pravdolyuby

Danes inherent in the open expression of their opinions, regardless of the possible consequences. Grandfather will point you to a bicycle parked outside the rules, the seller in the flower shop will share his knowledge about your country. In doing so, he will share his positive and negative stories known to him, without thinking about your feelings.

9. Compliance with the rules

Cases when Danes neglect the red light of a traffic light are very rare. In the queues, no one climbs forward and during the noisy and drunken music festival. When you try to break the order, the fugitives will quickly learn.

10. The lack of a tip

Danes do not thank the waiters for their tips . If the order is paid from the card, the terminal screen sometimes displays the question of how much the tip leaves the visitor. His ignoring does not cause any offense. If desired, the tea is left to 10%, over is regarded as bragging.

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