24 episodes

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/

What The Denmark | Danish Culture for Expats, Internationals and Danes Cofruition

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 17 Ratings

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/

    Forest kindergartens: why Danish parents send their children to learn in nature

    Forest kindergartens: why Danish parents send their children to learn in nature

    In the 1950s, a Danish woman, Ella Flatau, began taking her kids on walks in the forest to teach them about the world.


    Soon, other parents asked if their kids could join, and before long, they formalised the arrangement, creating the first "forest kindergarten" in the country, and possibly the world.


    Fast forward to today, and most of us have a sense that it's good for young children (and ourselves!) to spend time in nature, but that it can be hard to do.


    In Denmark, and increasingly around the world, there is a growing interest in the physical and mental benefits of children being in nature - whether that be learning to balance by climbing trees, or experiencing the mental calmness of wide, open, green spaces.


    In this episode Sam goes to visit Rikke Rosengren, the founder of the Bonsai Institute skovbørnehave (forest kindergarden).


    Rikke is the author of the book Child of Nature and trains teachers around the world how to incorporate more nature into their learning institutions.


    Rikke shows Sam around the school and answers his (long list of) questions. As a new parent himself, understanding how they work is no longer an abstract concept, but something he is considering for his own daughter…


    We also get a UK perspective, speaking with Tim Evans, who’s been a forest school leader at Alton Park primary school, about how even small amounts of nature based learning can do wonders for children and adults.


    If you've ever wondered about the practicalities of letting children roam free in nature (with adult supervision), or need a little nudge towards spending more time in green spaces, then this is for you!






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    This episode is sponsored by Talent to Denmark's "State of Denmark" campaign.


    Denmark is actively looking to attract international talent to move to the country. If you're interested to learn more about jobs in (one of) the happiest countries in the world, head to www.state-of-denmark.com/wtd






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    You can also learn more about What The Denmark on our website, Facebook and Instagram @whatthedenmark

    • 37 min
    "Denmark is such a 'low anxiety' place to live"

    "Denmark is such a 'low anxiety' place to live"

    In this episode Sam is speaking to Anne Jamison and John Bennett, a couple from the USA who moved to Denmark from Dubai last year.


    Anne and John share their thoughts on:


    Work/life balance in Denmark and how this differs from US cultureDenmark being a “low anxiety” place to workThe tribulations in getting things delivered to Denmark over the summer

    And many more fun, interesting things that come from moving to a new country.


    If you're interested to be featured on What The Denmark then be in touch via here: https://whatthedenmark.com/contact






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    This episode is sponsored by Talent to Denmark's "State of Denmark" campaign. 


    Denmark is actively looking to attract international talent to move to the country. If you're interested to learn more about jobs in (one of) the happiest countries in the world, head to www.state-of-denmark.com/wtd


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    You can also learn more about What The Denmark on our website, Facebook and Instagram @whatthedenmark

    • 25 min
    Affordable housing: Denmark's cooperative (andelsboliger) approach

    Affordable housing: Denmark's cooperative (andelsboliger) approach

    Around the world house prices are rising far higher than incomes meaning "ordinary people" are unable to afford to own a place to live.


    In Denmark, andelsboliger ("co-operative housing") offers a solution.


    With roots in the 1800s, it is an approach whereby people come together to collectively own a common asset (in this case a property, such as an apartment block) and then collectively reap the benefits.


    In the episode, Sam and Josefine speak with Stefanie Høy Brink, curator and ethnographer at Copenhagen City Museum and Mikkel Høegh, housing economist at the danish bank, Jyske Bank.


    The four discuss:


    The historical precedent of the cooperative movement, and how it was applied to housingHow cooperative housing offers the ability to share resources with neighboursThe technicalities of how the system works, and why prices can remain low

    And ultimately how sustainable the system is, with its tension between self-interest for the owners of andelsboliger and the desire to maintain a system that is fair for future generations.


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    This episode is sponsored by Talent to Denmark's "State of Denmark" campaign. 


    Denmark is actively looking to attract international talent to move to the country. If you're interested to learn more about jobs in (one of) the happiest countries in the world, head to www.state-of-denmark.com/wtd


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    You can also learn more about What The Denmark on our website, Facebook and Instagram @whatthedenmark

    • 35 min
    Social conformity: why Janteloven is essential for understanding Danish society, with Michael Booth

    Social conformity: why Janteloven is essential for understanding Danish society, with Michael Booth

    We're back with Season 3!


    In this episode we tackle Janteloven or "The Law of Jante".


    In 1933, a Danish-Norwegian author called Axel Sandemose wrote a book describing a fictional town in rural Denmark.


    The people of the town were very set in their ways, and didn't like it when individuals tried to break from the norms, or think that they were in any way special.


    This fictional (satirical) piece of work has come to define how many in Scandinavia see their lives today: people are sceptical of individual success, and prefer to "be average" rather than aspire to stand out from the crowd.


    Of course, it's not that simple, but knowing about this undercurrent of conformity can help explain why people in Denmark are seemingly content (or frustrated by!) following the crowd. 


    We are joined by writer Michael Booth (author of The Almost Nearly Perfect People) and also speak with Søren Ledet, co-founder of Geranium, a Danish restaurant that has been voted as the best restaurant in the world.


    Michael shares his experiences of getting to grips with Janteloven and even learning to love it (on occasion). In the episode we reference this article he wrote for The Guardian that caused a bit of a storm.


    Søren discusses how breaking free from Janteloven has allowed Geranium to achieve the next level of culinary greatness, but still without fully discarding the central law of Jante - "You are not better than anyone else".


    There's much that's discussed on the pros and cons of social conformity, as well as many anecdotes from life in Denmark.


    We hope you enjoy!










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    This episode is sponsored by Talent to Denmark's "State of Denmark" campaign. 


    Denmark is actively looking to attract international talent to move to the country. If you're interested to learn more about jobs in (one of) the happiest countries in the world, head to www.state-of-denmark.com/wtd


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    You can also learn more about What The Denmark on our website, Facebook and Instagram @whatthedenmark

    • 38 min
    What The Denmark returns soon! And we need your help...

    What The Denmark returns soon! And we need your help...

    Hello!


    Hope you've had a lovely summer.


    The What The Denmark team have been busy getting ready for a new season of the podcast... and we'd love your input for a couple of episodes!






    Dating Danes


    One episode has the working title How to date a Dane.


    Have you had experience dating Danish people? Is it different to dating people from different countries? Any funny/ amusing anecdotes?


    (Sam will be sharing some from when he was dating his Danish wife...)






    Newcomers Survival Guide


    The other episode is about helpful advice to help people navigate their first days/ weeks in Denmark.


    Have you had any "aha moments" whilst being in Denmark? Or things you wish you knew earlier? Maybe there are things you always end up telling friends/ family who visit that they need to remember to do?


    If so, we'd love to hear what they are and then talk about them (with you?) on the show!






    Please fill out the form on the WTD contact page: https://www.whatthedenmark.com/contact






    The plan is to be recording episodes in the next couple of months and so the sooner the better 🙂


    We look forward to sharing a new set of episodes with you soon! In the meantime you can follow us on Instagram at @whatthedenmark

    • 2 min
    Winter bathing: is cold water the secret to Danish happiness?

    Winter bathing: is cold water the secret to Danish happiness?

    When temperatures drop, the last thing on most people's minds is to go outside, strip off and take a plunge into near freezing water.


    That is, however, what a large percentage of the Danish population do each winter.


    Why on earth would someone choose to do this?


    Well, it turns out that the benefits to doing so are pretty convincing, and not just for the physical aspects of helping you burn more calories.


    Sam and Josefine are joined this week in the studio by journalist Saskia Weneit.


    Saskia spoke to many experts and enthusiasts in researching this topic, including:


    Jørgen Hedevang: Chairman of the Danish Winter Bathing AssociationMette Thomsen: Danish ice-swimming championHelle Gollers: a winter bathing "addict"

    During the episode we cover all sorts of interesting aspects of winter bathing:


    What it actually isThe physical health benefits of winter bathingThe mental health benefits of winter bathingThe history of winter bathing in DenmarkHow it has entered local politicsHow you can get startedHow to winter bathe safely

    as well as Sam and Saskia's experiences winter bathing as they try (unsuccessfully) to convince Josefine to try it out...


    Thanks to ECO Hotels for hosting us at Guldsmeden Hotel in Copenhagen.






    Learn more about What The Denmark via: www.whatthedenmark.com and @whatthedenmark on Instagram






    Note that this is the last episode of Season Two of What The Denmark - we hope you've enjoyed it!


    If you've enjoyed the show, please do leave a rating/ review - it's a great way to support what we are doing, especially as we speak to potential sponsors for the show.


    We hope to have more episodes for you soon!

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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17 Ratings

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Finding this podcast very helpful while learning the Danish language. Great way to prepare for a visit!!!

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I love listening to this podcast! It’s so informative and educational! I love learning about Danish culture/customs! :)

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A great podcast for an American moving to Denmark! I hope to hear an episode on what racism looks like in Denmark, especially in regards to Muslims and Polish people.

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