Even Shakespeare said it, something is rotten in the state of Denmark. In this case, rotten doesn’t mean anything negative, just something different. Being unique is all about standing out, and Denmark does that in a very adorable way. The happiest country in the world has room for everyone no matter the nationality, color or the gender. However, the unexpected cultural habits might shake the newcomers boat big time, if not warned beforehand.
In the land of Vikings, it’s perfectly fine to be as odd as you are. I’m writing this post not to badmouth the small Scandinavian country, but to encourage everyone to embrace one’s weirdness. In the spirit of the headline, I listed a few refreshingly endearing things that deserve the horn of weirdness, but also the starlight of exceptional awesomeness. The lovable things about bizarre Denmark.
1) Denmark is currently ruled by women. Both the prime minister and the leading queen, Margarethe II, are females in charge. Queen’s husband is not a king, he’s a prince. (Go ladies!)
2) It’s forbidden by law to charge for water in restaurants; however, if the glass of water contains ice or a piece of lemon, the restaurant can put a price tag on it.
3) Silence can be found from the public transport.
5) Locals greet acquaintances with cheek-to-cheek-hugs, not kisses.
6) Hot dogs with pickles exist.
7) It’s free for foreigners to get into Danish language school.
8) People sunbathe, run and have picnics on Cemeteries.
9) There’s always a party, after party, morning party… And sometimes even a day after lunch party. Danes like to party.
10) It’s perfectly fine to leave sleeping babies on the yard. They get preferable amounts of fresh air a peaceful space to sleep.
11) More than just a couple men use shorts while running in the wintertime.
12) A self-proclaimed autonomous neighborhood, freetown Christiania, locates in the middle of the capital, Copenhagen. It’s administrated and inhabited by former free fighters and their families, and full off self-built houses and free spirited vibe.
13) It’s possible to drive from one side of the capital to another in 40 minutes, with a bike.
14) Practical and comfortable clothes are in fashion. And yes, I’m talking about rain jackets, rain boots, sneakers, backpacks and fleece vests.
15) Almost all the stores close at 6 PM.
16) Danish food is all about potatoes.
17) Smiling strangers are frequently assumed to be tourists or exchange students.
18) Living year-round on a boat is fabolous and many people do it.
19) The globes and maps are a big part of decoration.
20) Oh, did I already tell you that you will always have a reason to party? Whether it’s cold, whether it’s sunny, whether it’s Christmas Eve, whether there’s nothing specific happening, whether you are alone, with a group, with your parents or with your teachers- it’s the right time to skål! (cheers in Danish)
21) The age doesn’t matter when it comes to interacting with other people. You can be best buds with whoever you want to be.
22) Everything is ecological.
23) Having a shower in the bathroom can be considered as luxury.
24) Roskilde festival is by far the best time of the year.
25) People are extremely proud of their awesome home country, like all of us should be.
26) There’s a Christmas beer celebration (Juleøl) each year on the first Friday of November.
27) The buses run on time.
28) The standard of beauty is very natural and there’s no ideal weight. Beauty is beauty, no matter the size.
29) The wheather changes ten times a day.
30) When Danes are happy, they sing “Det er sommar, det er sol go der er søndag” while biking.
Who could not love the adorable Danes?
At the fresh age of 15, Rita packed her bags and started exploring the world. 10 years and more than 50 countries later, she is still on the road. Originally from Finland, she is currently based in Copenhagen and San Diego. A few years ago, Rita decided to take a break from social media and focus on exactly where she was and with whom she was at the given moment. During those years, she focused on shooting film and wrote a novel about traveling as a young girl. Her latest project, traveldelic, is about 365 things travel has taught her so far. Please feel free to share your thoughts with her here. Find her on Instagram @traveldelic.Tweet