They never sit next to someone on a bus if there is a free seat somewhere else
As someone who still doesn’t have their driving licence, I travelled with public transport very often both in Denmark and Croatia. While in Croatia you can barely fit in a bus comfortably, in Denmark rarely anyone will sit next to you. And that’s actually quite nice, but still weird because I’m definitely not used to seeing that rare phenomenon.
They leave their babies in strollers outside cafes
Yes, you read that right. You would never even think about doing that in Croatia. Like never ever.
They love liquorice
There are liquorice candy, chewing gum, drinks, shots, ice cream… It still tastes like a salty, bitter and weird mess to me.
They think it’s summer when it’s 20 °C
I’m used to those 30+ degrees summers, so I still need a hoodie and jeans in Danish summers.
They don’t care about the strong winds
The wind here is very strong. No matter where you are going, what direction you are taking, it will be blowing in your face and Danes are amazing at resisting it and not caring about it. – I’m not.
They call their teachers by their first names
I finished university in Denmark and one of the weirdest things was that the teachers insisted to be called by their first names. It felt so unnatural and kind of scary while In Croatia, that is a huge no no and a big sign of disrespect.
They are very proud of their actors
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and Mads Mikkelsen are national treasures.
They are obsessed with their flag
The Danish flag is used in almost every sort of celebrations, but I find it funny how they overuse them when it comes to birthdays. There are little flags in the front yard, on the plates, on the cups, on the cake, on the floor, on the walls… But don’t get me wrong, I love it!
They have weird jokes
They are not scared to use sarcasm, dark humor or to make controversial statements. I still find myself force laughing because I don’t get their jokes.
They dance around their tree on Christmas
I think many Danes would agree that this one is just plain awkward.
They celebrate J-day
I still don’t understand what that’s about. I just know it involves beer.
They rarely have curtains
Maybe this is just a Croatian thing, but in Croatia it is very common to have those long, flowy lace curtains. I also know how my mom gives big importance when it comes to choosing the right curtain. And here, I noticed that many Danes choose not to have them.
This is the weirdest Danish tradition I have seen and the one that I love the most! Basically, unmarried woman or man on their 25th birthday get showered with a looooot of cinnamon.
– I have never been more grateful to be allergic to cinnamon!