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/
Season One in review
Sam, Josefine and Andreas (our "audio guy") have a conversation about the things we've learnt from the first season of What The Denmark.
Feedback from listenersFavourite things we've learned from the episodes so farNew perspectives on the topics (e.g. does the Danish army have a "flat hierarchy"?)Behind the scenes and some of the statisticsNew episode ideas that will be coming up soon
It's a fun, free ranging conversation that covers all sorts of interesting things from What The Denmark so far.
We hope you enjoy!
We'll begin work on future episodes of What The Denmark once we have secured sponsorship.
If you know of any organisations interested in teaching the world about Danish culture, or helping attract/ retain international talent in Denmark then be in touch via email@example.com
What to do while you wait?
If you haven't already, do listen to the episodes that have been released so far to get an understanding of how Danish culture works, and tell friends who might be interested to hear.
In preparation for Season Two you can also
Subscribe to the show: this way you'll get notified in your podcast app when new episodes come outSign up to our newsletter: which is where we share additional insights and job opportunities
Until then, a big thank you to everyone who has contributed to the show and been in touch!
We really appreciate all the messages and ideas and hope to be back soon making more episodes.
As always, you can read more about the show on https://www.whatthedenmark.com/
Handball: How the sport encapsulates Danish culture
The sport of handball has a rich history in Denmark.
The country invented the modern form of the game (so the story goes) and the men's team are the two-time reigning world champions.
In this episode, Sam and Josefine speak with the head of the Danish Handball Federation, Morten Stig Christensen, about his view on the sport and what it means for the country.
Through the discussions, a number of questions are answered, such as:
The history of the sportWhich countries do and don't play (and why)What it takes to succeed in the sportHow it factored in Cold War propagandaHow to get involved in the sport
and the big question for people living in Denmark: why is handball so popular in Jutland (rural Denmark).
We provide answers to all these, as well as a discussion of how Danish foreninger (associations) represent a core component of Danish culture.
Read more at: http://www.whatthedenmark.com/blog-post/handball
"Why do Danish people wave when they ride a bike?"
Esther is originally from The Netherlands, and moved to Denmark in 2019.
This is the first of a new type of episode on What The Denmark where we speak with people are learning about Danish culture after moving to Denmark.
These interviews, we feel, are a great way to learn practical advice from others adapting to Denmark, but also to get fresh perspectives on things that seem peculiar to outsiders.
Esther and Sam talk about a variety of different topics, including:
Similarities between The Netherlands and Denmark (size; old monarchy)Differences (approach to biking; the fact there is LESS rain in Denmark)Advice for people new to Denmark
as well as a chat about liquorice.
Learn more at: https://www.whatthedenmark.com/
Do you have some interesting advice to share?
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Getting a job (Part 2): Practical advice on how to get a job (in Denmark)
Getting the dream job (or indeed any job) can be a daunting experience.
In this episode of What The Denmark we dive into the practical advice on how to get a job.
Whilst this is through the lens of getting a job in Denmark, as you'll hear the tips and advice that Sam and Josefine discuss (a lot coming from Karey-Anne from The Welcome Group in Copenhagen) are applicable to anyone seeking employment.
We get tactical, including:
Planning which applications to makeWhen to call the hiring manager and what to sayHow to follow up after an interview
We also talk about alternative forms of employment and how, for example, freelancing first becomes a much easier way to get a foot in the door before landing a dream job.
If you haven't already, you may enjoy listening to Getting a job (Part 1) for some of theory, and additional ideas around finding employment.
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
I binge-listened to this series!
As a British woman living and working in Denmark, I was delighted to hear about this podcast series and have already recommended it to friends and colleagues. Settling in Denmark is very tough and despite committing to the language, my new husband and life here….it is still a challenge. The constant thought is: ‘is it me?’ This podcast answers that question and many more. I can’t wait for series 2!
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!