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!
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