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Danes have a uniquely serene and ecological lifestyle which you are going to discover in this article.

Located in Northern Europe, Denmark is a unique blend of ancient traditions and cultures with modernism. By moving there, you will indulge in a surprisingly relaxed and serene atmosphere. Indeed, the Dane are deeply attached to ecology, as well as nature, laws and mutual respect. By mixing with them, you will discover a very open and welcoming population along with a rich folk and traditional lifestyle.

Good manners

Denmark has the most protective European social laws. In fact, people pay strict attention to laws and regulations, even in the most mundane situations. Despite living in a rich country with high standards of living, Danes are greatly modest. They will never praise their wealth before others, especially expatriates.

Ecology

Nowadays, Danes are growing more conscious about sustainable development and thus adapt their lifestyle in a ecological way. Thus, transports, everyday consumption and healthy lifestyles have become the priority of Danes for a safe environment and a higher quality of life.

Hygge

Hygge is defined as the art of cocooning ad is prominent in the lives of Danes. To overcome the cold and the lack of sunshine in winter, people tend to focus on the art of interior living for a maximum of comfort. They then create a warmer furbishing, rearrange their spaces so as to allow more light and positive vibes into their homes. In fact, in most Scandinavian countries, wood is used to create a warm and friendly interior design.

Cuisine

Beyond the stereotypes according to which Danish meals resume to potatoes and bacon, you are likely to enjoy an incredibly rich cuisine. Note that it still consists of ingredients dating back to pre-industrial times. For instance, the rye bread boiled in beer (øllebrød), boiled barley (vandgrød), the pea soup (gule ærter), black pudding (blodpølse) or dried cod (klipfisk) are quite popular. In the 1960s, trends are have been changing with supermarket shelves making room for salads, turkey, frozen meals, pizza, pasta and other foreign dishes and ingredients.

In their everyday life, Danes are more likely to prepare a sandwich to eat at work or go to the canteen. In the evening, most families make an effort to cook and sit down together for dinner.

Culture and festivals

More than 90% of Danes are greatly attached to traditions which, for them, is part of national cultural heritage. While Ephiphany is no more a public holiday since nearly 250 years, most Dane families still celebrate it by lighting a three branch candle on the eve and getting in disguise to form a parade from house to house. Other catholic festivals such as Carnival, Mardi Gras, Easter and Pentecost are also celebrated in Denmark, just like All Saints Day and Christmas.

Opinions are still divided regarding Valentine's Day, especially due to its commercial nature. Most Danes wish to protect their culture so as to limit foreign trends in terms of consumption. However, it is still fondly celebrated by young lovebirds since the 1990s.

June 5 commemorates the entry into force of the first Danish Constitution (5 June 1849). It is marked by either a full or half public holiday. Political meetings are held almost everywhere in the country. Father's Day is also celebrated on the same date.

The Danish calendar is also marked by several other festivals such as Saint Martin, Saint Valdemar, St. Valborg, among others.

Music

Thanks to its spectacular diversity, Denmark also holds a rich musical scene that brings people together for moments of sharing. The country indeed hosts many musical festivals and other events where you can enjoy different genres, ranging from traditional and folk to electronic music and rock.

Sports

Sports are also very popular in Denmark. The Danes are usually very keen about watching sports on TV or attending live matches. Moreover, nearly 2 million people have registered to sports associations or clubs. Children, for their part, are entitled to extra curricular physical activities.

 Useful links:

Expat.com – Events in Denmark 
Denmark Official Portal – Learning Danish denmark.dk
Visit Denmark – Events directory www.visitdenmark.com

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