Culture and Etiquette in Denmark

Denmark is a liberal, tolerant country. The defining aspect of culture here is hygge: spending quality time with friends or loved ones over good food and drink. Remember that the Danish language doesn’t have a specific word for “please”, so don’t be upset if Danes leave it out when talking to you in English (which most Danes speak amazingly well). When wandering about, don’t stray into the cycle lanes alongside most roads, and be aware that locals will always wait for the green “walk” light at pedestrian crossings – even when there isn’t a car in sight.

Tipping is not expected, as service charges are included in hotel, restaurant and bar bills; however, if you think you’ve had particularly good service it’s not unheard of to leave a few kroner.

Smoking is banned in most restaurants, cafés and bars.

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