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Denmark 101 with Alex Berger

Tips, tricks, and cultural observations about the Danes and life in Denmark. From Copenhagen on the island of Sjaelland to Aarhus, Alborg and the far reaches of Jutland. I aspire to explore Denmark and to report back on Denmark's wonderful people, rich traditions and subtle quirks.
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Apr 13, 2017

So, is Denmark a Scandinavian country or a Nordic one? The answer is...both. In this episode of Denmark 101 I run through the relationship between the Nordic countries, Denmark, and the Scandinavian countries.

Want more of a deep dive? Read my blog post about the differences here:

http://virtualwayfarer.com/what-is-the-difference-between-scandinavia-and-the-nordics/

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

 

Apr 2, 2017

Denmark has become famous for it's less than stellar service culture. While it's not as bad as what you'll find in some countries, apathy and a mild sense of buyer-be-ware is definitely quite often the case. This doesn't apply to service support and warranties, as these have been regulated by the government.

If you're at a bar, restaurant, or shop though? Good luck. You're likely to find friendly but generally apathetic employees and a service culture that almost rarely goes out of its way to help the customer. The mantra that drives US service - "the customer is always right" - is anything but that in Denmark and might more aptly be called - "oops, sorry, I was texting and didn't notice you. I'll be done shortly".

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

Mar 15, 2017

A key part of many Danish workplaces is their unusual approach to lunch. While many larger workplaces offer Canteens smaller companies also often offer catered lunch. This is done through interesting lunch services that allow you to pay one fee and then pick and choose between 30 or 40 different restaurants at will.

While some work places charge on a per-meal basis, the vast majority of Danish workplaces offer a subsidized lunch that usually costs about 360 DKK/month ($60 USD). It's worth noting that these are salary dollars and not post-tax dollars making the value an even better deal.

The interesting side effect of this is that Denmark has historically had a very limited lunch restaurant culture. With many workers eating at work and students working at school, the demand for lunch venues you'd find in the UK, US, and elsewhere hasn't existed. There has, also, been a long-standing tradition of Danes taking their lunch to work, which further added to this.

While there has been a surge in lunch restaurants over the last 10 years, it is a relatively new aspect of Danish culture. I delve into the topic in this episode of Denmark 101.

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

Mar 9, 2017

Recycling cans and bottles is a huge issue in most countries. While major progress has been made, the vast majority of cans and bottles in countries around the world, particularly in the US, still end up in the trash. Denmark's solution? Make it financially worthwhile to recycle, and it's not just working - it's a stunning success.

if you've ever seen locals leave bottles on the ground next to trash cans in Denmark, here's the reason why.

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

Feb 26, 2017

A look at how Danes celebrate their birthdays (part 2 of 2) and their use of the Danish flag.

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

Feb 19, 2017

A look at how Danes celebrate their birthdays (part 1 of 2) and their use of the Danish flag.

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

Feb 8, 2017

Every culture has its interesting linguistic quirks.  For the Danes, an expression similar to "uh-huh", "yes", and "yup" is of particular interest.  In this video I delve into their use of the word yeps/yips and how they manage to express it while simultaneously in-haling. Watch the video for an in-depth look at it and a few examples. 

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

Jan 30, 2017

If you're from the US, you've grown up with a College and University system where sports are fully integrated into the University system. Each school has a variety of school teams spread across a mixture of sports. In many cases some of the students also likely are attending the University explicitly because they have received University scholarships to play in these sports programs.

If you're not from the US - this may seem like a pretty crazy concept. As an American moving abroad, I was surprised to learn just how different the relationship between athletics and University programs are outside of the US.

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

Jan 24, 2017

Most Danish workplaces have a half hour set aside every week where everyone gets cake. Sounds delicious, right? Tune in to learn more about this long-standing Danish tradition and what it means for the Danish workplace. Feeling inspired? Let's see if we can't help this tradition catch on outside of Denmark.

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

Jan 18, 2017

Danish (and European Universities in general) take a very different approach to education, specialization, and curriculum than those in the US, UK and various other countries that fall more in line with the US/UK approach to education.

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

Jan 2, 2017

Denmark, dating, and Danish women are always a popular topic. While this isn't a deep dive, in it I quickly try and share some of my observations, experiences, and the conclusions that have come from dating in Denmark, conversations with peers (Dane and International alike), as well as information accrued from reading up on a collection of blogs and articles all of which attempt to explain what makes dating in Denmark so distinctly a-typical.

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

Dec 31, 2016

I did my BA at Arizona State University. In addition the the US' nonsensical drinking age, which is set at 21 our campus was also a "dry campus" which meant that even after turning 21 drinking on campus or in the dorm rooms was prohibited.

I did my MA at University of Copenhagen, one of Scandinavia's largest, oldest, and most prestigious Universities. The difference in drinking culture and these "wet" campuses was significant. While the topic of on-campus bars and drinking is controversial everywhere, even here in Denmark, it created a much safer drinking experience while also adding significantly to the University experience and relationship building within different departments and classes. It's a great part of Danish culture, and something I wish we had the maturity to implement in the US.

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

Nov 29, 2016

They may be neighbors, but just how similar are Danes and Germans actually? 

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

Nov 27, 2016

Danes are famous for their directness and their open-mindedness.  But, how does that translate into how easily (or difficult) Danes are to offend? When navigating the pitfalls of cross-cultural communication this is a highly relevant topic to be aware of.  Enjoy =)

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

Nov 17, 2016

The Danes are famous for their Nordic beauty. They also have a reputation for being quite liberal in their approach to nudity and sex. The genders in Denmark enjoy a level of equality that is, perhaps, the most equal in all of the world.

One expat, married to and living with a Dane, remarked that Denmark is the most shameless country in the world.To support this she referenced a report from 2014 which backed up the claim. Impressive! While I suspect it may may be a bit of a stretch, it definitely tells you a bit about Danish culture.

Here's my take on the Danish approach to nudity. Jump to the end of the description to see the article from the Telegraph.

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

 

The article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/expat/expatlife/11356802/Welcome-to-Denmark-the-most-shameless-nation-on-the-planet.html

Oct 31, 2016

Coming from the west coast of the US "How are you doing?", "How's it going?" and other similar questions are used less as questions and more as alternatives to hello. For internationals in Denmark these types of questions can cause problems leading to all sorts of confusion. I delve into the impact of these questions and cultural miscommunication in today's video.

Denmark and its residents are a fascinating group. In this video series I'll be leveraging my observations and research to share with you insights into how to get the most of your interactions with the Danes and time in Denmark regardless the duration of your visit. One day or ten years - my goal is to share observations I've made from 5+ years living, studying, and working among the Danes.

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

 

Oct 24, 2016

I'm a huge fan of hamburgers. In truth, I could eat a different type of hamburger for lunch and dinner non-stop for a week and be completely happy with my meal selection.

So, it is with a not-insignificant amount of passion that I weigh in on how hamburgers are eaten in Denmark. Is this the grand cultural epiphany you've been waiting for? I doubt it. But, perhaps you'll join me in my cause never the less.

Denmark and its residents are a fascinating group. In this video series I'll be leveraging my observations and research to share with you insights into how to get the most of your interactions with the Danes and time in Denmark regardless the duration of your visit. One day or ten years - my goal is to share observations I've made from 5+ years living, studying, and working among the Danes.

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

Oct 18, 2016

The Law of Jante defines the Nordic societies and is particularly prevalent in Denmark.  To understand Danes and the Danish society it is essential that you understand the Law of Jante.  What is it?  In this episode I explore the topic, my observations, and share a bit about what you can expect when running into Janteloven.

Denmark and its residents are a fascinating group. In this video series I'll be leveraging my observations and research to share with you insights into how to get the most of your interactions with the Danes and time in Denmark regardless the duration of your visit. One day or ten years - my goal is to share observations I've made from 5+ years living, studying, and working among the Danes.

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

Oct 12, 2016

There are rumors that I am constantly terrorizing Danes throughout Copenhagen - from the metro to the line at the super market. What am I doing you ask? Breaking the social norms and talking to strangers. Luckily, I'm American which gives me a get-out-of-jail free card ... and of course, I'm not-so-secretly convinced that the Danes actually love my gregarious antics.

Denmark and its residents are a fascinating group. In this video series I'll be leveraging my observations and research to share with you insights into how to get the most of your interactions with the Danes and time in Denmark regardless the duration of your visit. One day or ten years - my goal is to share observations I've made from 5+ years living, studying, and working among the Danes.

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

Oct 6, 2016

Danish design and fashion is famous the world over...yet, it isn't exactly what you'd expect...

I'm far from a fashionista, but in this video I discuss some of the characteristics that shape the Danish fashion sense with a particular focus on 20-30 something Danes.

Denmark and its residents are a fascinating group. In this video series I'll be leveraging my observations and research to share with you insights into how to get the most of your interactions with the Danes and time in Denmark regardless the duration of your visit. One day or ten years - my goal is to share observations I've made from 5+ years living, studying, and working among the Danes.

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

Sep 26, 2016

Perhaps THE most common question among recently arrived internationals in Denmark is, "How do I make Danish friends!?".

In this video I delve into the topic, offer suggestions and a few comments that should ease you in the process and help you better understand why building Danish friendships can, at times, require an entirely different approach than you may be familiar with in your home culture.

Don't miss Episode 6. where I talked more specifically about the process of meeting Danes.

Denmark and its residents are a fascinating group. In this video series I'll be leveraging my observations and research to share with you insights into how to get the most of your interactions with the Danes and time in Denmark regardless the duration of your visit. One day or ten years - my goal is to share observations I've made from 5+ years living, studying, and working among the Danes.

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

Sep 20, 2016

Perhaps THE most common question among recently arrived internationals in Denmark is, "How do I meet Danes?".

In this episode I delve into the topic, offer suggestions and a few comments that should ease you in the process and help you better understand why building Danish friendships can, at times, require an entirely different approach than you may be familiar with in your home culture.

Don't miss Episode 7 which builds on this Episode (I reference "video" in the audio) with specific advice on how to make Danish friends. 

Denmark and its residents are a fascinating group. In this video series I'll be leveraging my observations and research to share with you insights into how to get the most of your interactions with the Danes and time in Denmark regardless the duration of your visit. One day or ten years - my goal is to share observations I've made from 5+ years living, studying, and working among the Danes.

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, and even a look at Janteloven.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com
FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer
INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer
TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

Sep 17, 2016

A common complaint from tourists and recently arrived expats is Danish rudeness when it comes to navigating city streets. More specifically, that Danes will bump into you in passing but fail to apologize or comment.

While this obviously depends on the severity of the accidental bump, it is something I've heard commented on repeatedly. But, is it actually due to rudeness or a cultural difference? In this video I explore the Danish approach to efficiency and how that shapes the need to (or not to) apologize after a mild street collision.

Denmark and its residents are a fascinating group. In this video series I'll be leveraging my observations and research to share with you insights into how to get the most of your interactions with the Danes and time in Denmark regardless the duration of your visit. One day or ten years - my goal is to share observations I've made from 5+ years living, studying, and working among the Danes.

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, Janteloven as well as more nuanced topics such as how to apply for jobs and subtle cornerstones of Danish culture.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com

FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer

INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer

TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

YOUTUBE - http://youtube.com/user/Glamdering

Sep 7, 2016

You've no doubt heard about Danish bike culture. At least about how more than half of all Copenhageners bike every day (many to work or school) and how Danes across the country are inseparable from their bikes.

But...there's a darker, red-eyed, steam bursting from the ears, bells of hell ringing side to Danish bike culture. In this episode I delve into the topic, poke some fun, and enjoy a few good laughs. 

Danes are famous for their adherence to stoplight laws (unless they're biking of course). Jaywalking isn't something you see often.  And yet, there is a strange cognitive dissonance that sets in, particularly after Danes have had a few drinks.  I delve into the topic and its comical nature in this episode.

Denmark and its residents are a fascinating group. In this video series I'll be leveraging my observations and research to share with you insights into how to get the most of your interactions with the Danes and time in Denmark regardless the duration of your visit. One day or ten years - my goal is to share observations I've made from 5+ years living, studying, and working among the Danes.

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, Janteloven as well as more nuanced topics such as how to apply for jobs and subtle cornerstones of Danish culture.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com

FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer

INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer

TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

YOUTUBE - http://youtube.com/user/Glamdering

Sep 7, 2016

Danes are famous for their adherence to stoplight laws (unless they're biking of course). Jaywalking isn't something you see often.  And yet, there is a strange cognitive dissonance that sets in, particularly after Danes have had a few drinks.  I delve into the topic and its comical nature in this episode.

Denmark and its residents are a fascinating group. In this video series I'll be leveraging my observations and research to share with you insights into how to get the most of your interactions with the Danes and time in Denmark regardless the duration of your visit. One day or ten years - my goal is to share observations I've made from 5+ years living, studying, and working among the Danes.

If you're Danish hopefully you'll find this series interesting, a bit informative, and not too outlandishly offensive.

If you're a foreigner coming to Denmark, I hope this helps you build upon observations and insights the rest of us had to find out the hard way.

Topics that will be covered include the Danish approach to nudity, how to make Danish friends, how to meet Danes, Danish manners, Janteloven as well as more nuanced topics such as how to apply for jobs and subtle cornerstones of Danish culture.

Stay tuned for future updates - this is just the beginning!

Explore the stories behind this podcast at http://virtualwayfarer.com.

Where you can find me:

BLOG - http://www.virtualwayfarer.com

FACEBOOK- http://www.facebook.com/virtualwayfarer

INSTAGRAM - http://instagram.com/virtualwayfarer

TWITTER - http://twitter.com/AlexBerger

YOUTUBE - http://youtube.com/user/Glamdering

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