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Tips, tricks, and cultural observations about the Danes and life in Denmark. From Copenhagen on the island of Sjaelland to Aarhus, Alborg and the far reaches of Jutland. I aspire to explore Denmark and to report back on Denmark's wonderful people, rich traditions and subtle quirks.

Denmark 101 with Alex Berger Alex Berger

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Tips, tricks, and cultural observations about the Danes and life in Denmark. From Copenhagen on the island of Sjaelland to Aarhus, Alborg and the far reaches of Jutland. I aspire to explore Denmark and to report back on Denmark's wonderful people, rich traditions and subtle quirks.

    Shoe Etiquette and Danish Homes

    Shoe Etiquette and Danish Homes

    When you visit a Danish household, apartments in particular, there tends to be one hard and fast rule....the podcast title probably gives it away, but give this episode a watch and weigh in with your own stories and experiences.

    • 5 min
    Danes and Doggy Bags

    Danes and Doggy Bags

    The meal was amazing. The portions were bottomless. You're ready to go home but feel guilty about wasting food. You're also feeling a bit lazy - why cook tomorrow morning? So, you ask for a doggy bag. What's a doggy bag? It's a to-go bag for your leftovers and while it may eventually find its way to a canine friend, the food you save and take home is usually reserved for human consumption as delicious leftovers. At least, that's how we do it in the US. But, what about Denmark?

    • 4 min
    Scandinavia and Fur Fashion

    Scandinavia and Fur Fashion

    Yikes! It's a hard topic. What's up with all the Danes wearing fur and working it into Danish fashion? Why is it still so popular in Nordic and Scandinavian fashion when most other regions have abandoned it? I encourage everyone tow atch the full video for commenting, particularly as I know it's an emotional and sensitive topic for most. Right or wrong is up to you, but, as with everything in this series - I aim to better understand and explain the what and the why.

    • 6 min
    Famous but Controversial Licorice Pipes

    Famous but Controversial Licorice Pipes

    They may be delicious and a simple candy, but that does not mean they're not noteworthy and are without controversy. Tune into this episode of Denmark 101 for a look at one of Denmark's most iconic candied treats!

    • 4 min
    Julefrokost: Danish Christmas Lunch Parties

    Julefrokost: Danish Christmas Lunch Parties

    Starting in late November, the Christmas Lunch / Danish Julefrokost season starts and it is a wild and crazy time. With charming dinners, fancy clothing, wonderful food (and not so wonderful food) as well as inappropriate flirtations and more than one or two frisky encounters - it's quite the cultural experience. Here's a quick down and dirty look at what it is and some casual observations.

    • 6 min
    Danish Snaps vs Akvavit: What's the Difference?

    Danish Snaps vs Akvavit: What's the Difference?

    WTH is Snaps? Is it the same as Akvavit? Do you spell it snapps, schnaps, akvavit, or aquavit? In this episode of Denmark 101 I take a shot at explaining how Danish snaps is made and its cultural significance in preparation for next week's julefrokost video.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

LauraSpetersen ,

Jaywalking & Peeing in Public? With a title like that, it's got to be interesting!

Check out Episode 3 on jaywalking vs. peeing in public in Denmark. Fascinating and hilarious. It is great to hear insights in the psychology of things like 'cognitive dissonance' and the power of social modeling in our own behavior!

Examples like these make me reflect on the U.S. cultural norms and be more aware of how my behavior is influenced.

Thanks for a great show, Alex! Keep it up. [And I appreciate the brevity of the episodes so I can binge a lot of them at once!]

LMteacherLM ,

Great and interesting topics

Alex, the host, makes me want to go back and visit Denmark again. Cultural insights are fascinating and help us reflect on our own nuances. Keep this podcast up!

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