How to Make Friends in Denmark?

Denmark is a tiny country, and a lot of people still associate with the people they become adult with. That can make it hard for an outsider to create friends: some Danes just have all the friends they need, and really don't desire any more. My Danish friends are about all people who came from outside Copenhagen, so their early day’s friends don't live in close proximity.

To make things yet harder, Danes value privacy awfully highly - it's part of their universal policy of broadmindedness. Neighbors, for instance, may feel that by not welcome you or asking where you come from, they are regarding your privacy. If you smirk and introduce yourself, most people will act in response positively.

Get to know citizens in your work or study group. It's easier to do things in grouping than one-on-one. Asking natives over for a dinner of some of your native food is a big way to make friends, or bring some inhabitant sweets to your office on one of your state holidays. Invite a bunch of people out to hear some music from your division of the world. Danes love to see themselves as worldwide, and they will be pleased that you consider of them that way.

One quirk of Danes is that they feel affection for to make plans far in advance, and they are very good about sticking to those plans. You can ask a bunch of people for dinner on a Tuesday two months from now at 8pm, and although you may not see them in the interim, they will all turn up, exactly on time.

When dining at somebody else's house, bring a bottle of wine or some dessert. A fancy present isn't required. And Danish dinners are extended. You must be prepared to sit at the table for at least two to three hours, perhaps longer, talking and talking and conversation and drinking wine or coffee.

When you go into a room containing a group of people, it is your work to go around and shake everyone's hands, saying, "Hi, I'm so-and-so." Just keep going in anticipation of you have shaken hands with everyone in the room, upon which time you can stop and talk to whomever seems interesting.

If you want to create a conversation with a Dane you don't know well, ask regarding the places he's travelled and his potential vacation plans. Danes get six weeks of holiday per year, and they love to spend it in places with superior weather.


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