Danish culture can be pretty confusing, especially if you are not from Denmark.
This podcast is on a mission to resolve cultural confusion in the country, and help anyone understand how people in this unique country think and behave.
Co-hosts Sam Floy (British podcaster, "The Outsider") and Josefine Volqvartz (Danish TV journalist, "The Insider") speak to experts and members of the public to understand and explain why something so normal in Danish culture is confusing to outsiders.
Rather than simply point fun, or say something like "Danes have an ironic sense of humour" we go deep, by speaking to experts to explain why.
Importantly, this show is as much for Danes as it is non-Danes.
What The Denmark is an educational, entertaining and inclusive show where we take a curious look at things that seem normal in Denmark, and get to the bottom of why.
The show is aimed at everyone with a connection to Denmark, and people around the world looking to learn more about the happiest country in the world.
If you've ever felt that you want to understand more about Denmark and Danish culture, then this is the podcast for you!
Learn more at https://www.whatthedenmark.com/
Getting a job (Part 1): Are Danish companies overlooking international talent?
The Danish job market is a competitive hunting ground.
Many applicants find themselves sending out hundreds of CVs without any joy.
In this episode we identify what makes the Danish job market different from other countries, and why it is so hard to get a foot in the door.
Sam and Josefine speak with Karey-Anne Duevang, CEO of The Welcome Group and English Job Denmark and Nikolaj Lubanski, Director of Talent Acquisition at Copenhagen Capacity to get their perspective on the Danish job market.
We talk about what it feels like for Danes and non-Danes alike through the job process, and also how Danish hiring managers might be missing out on some top talent due to cultural confusion.
Next week we will be talking about practical tips for how to get a job (in Denmark) and so be sure to subscribe to not miss out!
Learn more at: https://www.whatthedenmark.com/blog-post/getting-a-job-part-1
Danish humour: Why can Danish humour be so confusing to non-Danes?
If you’ve ever spoken at length with a Danish person, chances are that their dry sense of humour has resulted in instances of confusion rather than fits of laughter.
While Danes seem to have a peculiar pride in their dry sense of humour, many non-Danes struggle with the irony and don’t get if their Danish counterpart is trying to be funny, or is just being a bit weird.
In this podcast episode, Sam and Josefine are joined by journalist Aske Hald Knudstrup to talk about their own experiences of Danish humour, including interviews with two humour experts who help pinpoint what is particular about the Danish way of being funny.
After listening you’ll get a better understanding of what Danes are doing when they’re being funny, and why Danish humour is deeply connected with Denmark’s history of social democratism.
Learn more at: https://www.whatthedenmark.com/blog-post/danish-humour
Making friends (Part 2): Practical advice on making friends with Danes
In the previous episode of What the Denmark, we covered the theory on making friends in Denmark and why it can be more challenging than elsewhere.
In this episode, we leave behind the theory and dig deeper into the practical advice.
Our guests include Ana Sofia, a student from Portugal, and Emilie Møllenbach and Camila Vicenci who are a successful Dane/non-Dane friendship.
The episode starts with hearing the struggles that Ana Sofia has with reaching out and connecting with Danes.
Sam and Josefine then take a look at "The Strength of Weak Ties" and how the public and private spheres are quite distinct in Denmark.
We then hear from the successful friendship of Emilie and Camila, and how they can inspire others to make friends in Denmark.
Sam and Josefine finish with practical tips from research and experience. Spoiler alert: if you want to make friends with Danes - invite them around for a wine tasting!
Learn more at: https://www.whatthedenmark.com/blog-post/making-friends-2
Making friends (Part 1): How coconuts and peaches help explain Danish friendships
Danes are notoriously known for being hard to make friends with. In the 2019 report by InterNations, Denmark ranked at the absolute bottom of their ‘Ease of Settling in’ charts.
But why is it so hard to make friends and feel at home in Denmark?
In these two episodes of What Denmark, we explore this critical issue and give advice on making friends in Denmark.
Part 1 covers the theory of how different cultures interact with new people (using the metaphor of coconuts and peaches) as well as several unique aspects about Denmark and how Danes like to socialise.
Read more at: https://www.whatthedenmark.com/
Flat Hierarchies: The pros and cons of a high trust Danish workplace
Denmark and other Nordic countries are celebrated for their flat organisations and inclusive work practices, and for a good reason.
But what are the downsides of this approach? Why do some people coming in from a more hierarchical culture find it demotivating to work this way?
In this episode Sam and Josefine speak with management expert Chris Shern, international CEO Nico Blier-Silvestri and Danish architect Josefine Bols.
The episode covers various topics including:
A Foundation of TrustFlat power distribution in practiceStory time: dirty dishesPractical advice for managers and employees
Read more at: https://www.whatthedenmark.com/blog-post/flat-hierarchies
Duvets: Why do Danish couples sleep with separate duvets?
There's a good chance you've never thought much about the type of duvet you have.
But there's actually quite a lot of interesting history, science and culture bound up in the different approaches to co-sleeping, both in Denmark and around the world.
In this episode Sam and Josefine speak to people around the world about their experience of using duvets.
In Denmark it's common for couples sleeping on the same double bed to each have their own separate duvet(!)
In many parts of the world this is unheard of - and suggests that there is a lack of intimacy between the partners.
This first episode of What The Denmark we take a deep dive into something you may never have considered - whether you should try using a shared duvet or separate duvets when you go to bed.
Featuring interviews with historians, scientists and a variety of different Danes and Internationals, you'll no doubt think about your co-sleeping arrangements differently after listening!
Learn more at: https://www.whatthedenmark.com/blog-post/duvets
Very well produced 👍🏼
I’m only one episode in, but as a Dane I’m shocked about how many ‘aha’ moments I get that explains all these things that I thought was just normal. Did you know that Danes are the very hardest in the world to make friends with!?!?
Interesting and Insightful
I listened to this podcast with my mom and we both really like it so far. Excited to hear more!