Small talk is not very common in Denmark, and there is no Danish word for “please.”

Danes are known as generally tolerant people. It is not typical to hear about racial, religious, or cultural disputes in Denmark.

It is also not typical to hear small talk in Denmark. Although Danes tend to be polite, they don’t use the same pleasantries that we use in the U.S. There is no Danish word for “please,” and your student probably won’t be used to anyone asking how it’s going or how they’re doing.

Family life can get busy in Denmark, much like in the U.S. Dinner is considered one of the few times the family can get together to discuss the day, so it tends to be a larger meal. Because of this, Danes tend to eat lighter meals for breakfast and lunch.

Education is a priority in Denmark, and the Danish education system is world-renowned. Personal growth is emphasized over exams, and primary school is free and required for nine years. Entrance into universities is competitive, but once accepted, Danish citizens get a free college education.

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  • Capital: Copenhagen
  • Population: 5.5 million
  • Area: 16,562 sq. mi. (slightly larger than the state of Maryland)
  • Nationality: Dane (noun); Danish (adjective)
  • Language: Danish, Faroese, Greenlandic (an Inuit dialect), German (small minority)
  • Climate: Mild winters and cool summers; precipitation about one in three days
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