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Public Behavior and Standards

Denmark is highly organized as a "communal" society. Public behaviour is expected to follow socially acceptable norms. Although these social norms are unwritten, they are known and understood by all Danes.

  • Danes believe there is one proper way in which to act in any given circumstance.
  • If someone is not following the rules, be they written or merely understood, someone will generally speak up and admonish them to obey the accepted protocol.
  • They expect courteous behaviour from everyone.
  • Talk in moderate tones and do not do anything to call attention to yourself. Calling attention to yourself may be considered rude, self-centered, or simply incorrect behavior. It is never considered to be acceptable.
  • If your child is misbehaving, do not be surprised if a Dane disciplines the child directly. Danes expect that the "adult" in the room is responsible for any children.

LastUpdate: 2015-04-20 22:54:23