Weird Things Danes Do

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.

Cinnamon showers

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!

9 Comments Add yours

  1. 40littletoesblog says:

    I love all the facts about Danes! ITS TRUE WHAT THEY SAY YOU LEARN A NEW THING EVERY DAY!

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    1. Can’t argue with that! 😁

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  2. Nidhi Thawal says:

    Well thats a very close and keen observation! Leaving babies outside cafes was a bizzare as well as scary thing to know! Considering 20 degrees a summer is an even strange thing to acknowledge. ☺👍

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  3. This makes me find out how people are different in their own ways in every corner of the world, and this should let us have the opportunities to understand and respect each other. I love this post (y)

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    1. True! Thanks so much 🙂

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  4. Jennifer says:

    As someone who will take an empty seat by myself on a bus or a train, I don’t find that odd. But a cinnamon shower? What?

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    1. Try googling it, I was also so confused by it 😂

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  5. Shari Eberts says:

    How interesting! I find the leaving your children outside a cafe to be the oddest of the lot, but I love that we can celebrate our differences.

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  6. holley4734 says:

    I love Mads Mikkelson even though I’m not Danish. 😉 Interesting traditions.

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