Danish Danish Culture

Danish language belongs to the North Germanic languages and is spoken by around six million people, mainly in Denmark and in the German region of Southern Schleswig. As for other countries, Danish-speaking communities can be found in Norway, Sweden, North and Latin America.

The culture of Denmark is rich and diverse. Like in other Nordic countries, eco-friendly and green ways of life are among the top priorities, with government heavily investing in green construction, manufacturing and sustainable development. Being extremely eco-friendly, Danes are known as avid cyclists, with most people cycling to work instead of driving. Danish cities are very bicycle friendly, and biking is a favorite pastime for many.

Another fundamental aspect of Danish culture is "hygge", which can be translated as "coziness". It means spending quiet time with good friends and family, relaxing and enjoying good food, drinks and atmosphere. For example, Holiday season and Christmas time, a family sitting together by the fireplace on a cold night is a true moment of hygge.

Danish cuisine is most famous for Smørrebrød, open sandwiches with a variety of seasonings and dressing options, traditionally made on thinly sliced rye bread. Grilled sausage is another renowned staple of Danish cuisine.

Around the world, Denmark is known for Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales (and the statue of the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen inspired by one of them), Lego and the Legoland park, creative architecture and interior design.