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Published on : Thursday, May 14, 2015
The Danes value their daily life to the fullest – from spending quality time with friends and family and celebrating local traditions to taking part in public gatherings, and preserving the great Danish tradition of cycling – a true cultural trademark.
The Danish way of living
Denmark is world famous for its welfare system and if anyone knows how to enjoy a good work to life balance and appreciate a high level of equality, it’s the Danes. A strong sense of communal living and a desire to uphold traditions are big priorities all year round, and one of the best ways to experience Danish culture is to join locals and take part in some of the many cultural events and happenings.
Easter is one of the biggest holidays in Denmark and a time when Danes gather for big lunches at home with family and friends, and enjoy plenty of traditional ”smørrebrød” (open sandwich on dark rye bread), a bitter and chocolate Easter eggs. It marks the onset of springtime and the tantalising promise of those characteristically Scandinavian long and bright summer days. On the longest day of the year, the 23rd of June, Danes celebrate the arrival of the Northern light by lighting hundreds of Midsummer bonfires across the country – go join them at local beaches and harbours, and in the many city parks. Speeches, Danish Midsummer songs and the sounds and smells of crackling fires fill the air – A true Danish experience.
No matter the time of the year, Danes value spending long hours outside and there are plenty of outdoor activities to take part in for all ages. Go strawberry picking in the countryside, hunt for amber on the coast of Jutland, let the kids play in one of the many fun playgrounds or take a dip in the local harbour baths.
Explore Denmark from a saddle
If you’re looking for an easy way to get around then jump on one a bicycle or one of the city bikes you’ll find dotted around in the larger cities. Being the world’s no. 1 cycling nation, Denmark makes room for all kinds of cyclists, regardless of skill and age, so make it like a true Dane, hop on and see the sights and sounds of Denmark from a saddle.
Celebrations and festivals
Spend a day at one of the many buzzing summer festivals, presenting the best of Danish music, theatre, design and culinary creations – like Kulturnat (culture night), held every year in many cities across the country, and don’t miss to get a glimpse of Copenhagen Pride, a parade marking the open-minded and tolerant nature of Danish culture.
The Danes are world champions when it comes to ”hygge” – the Danish term for creating cosy gatherings and intimate get-togethers – and the many local markets and festivals offer visitors a change to experience this cosiness close up. Come in December for example and visit one of the traditional Christmas markets such as Tivoli, and enjoy a hot cup of ”gløgg” (red wine with spices, schnapps, almonds and raisins), warm Danish doughnuts and sweet roasted almonds.