40 good and bad things about Denmark

GOOD

  1. The beaches are simple and clean and look rather pretty in winter or summer.
  2. One always feels so exotic and interesting and fast witted here.
  3. You don’t have to lock your door if you live in a rural area because the small chance of being robbed makes it worth it.
  4. The shops are not open during the times when people who work are around in essence it means you save a  lot of money because you can’t buy anything.
  5. The buses run on time.
  6. It’s the home of LEGO so that’s kind of neat.
  7. There are no poisonous animals.
  8. Ditto earth quakes (I must admit I am getting help from a 10 year old with this).
  9. There are no nuclear reactors here ( I am resisting the urge to point out that Sweden put theirs as close to Denmark as possible).
  10. The summers here are picture book chocolate box perfect in terms of the colours.
  11. If you drink it can be very cheap to stay sloshed and nobody will judge you (okay, I’m going off at a tangent, I don’t think this is good).
  12. The cakes.  The cakes and bread.
  13. It’s okay to be fat here, as is the norm.  Even the teenage girls (so skinny in London for example) have pot jelly bellies.
  14. If you like cafe culture and have a lot of money and don’t mind overhearing the same conversations, it’s a great place to hang out if you like that sort of thing.
  15. You can tell people you’ve lived in the birth place of Hans Christian Anderson.
  16. Denmark is a great education.  If this is the happiest place on earth then please don’t show me the saddest.
  17. Children are all in daycare from six months so that frees up a lot of time. I guess.
  18. Danes are sweet and innocent.
  19. If you are from the USA you can live here and say you’ve lived in Europe, which it really is.  Denmark is the poster child of Europe, and that is going to be a great story to tell the grandchildren.
  20. It doesn’t get too hot.
  21. There is lots of snow and snow can be fun.
  22. People like to do cozy and snuggle on the sofa.
  23. If you don’t want to be married to someone you can just divorce then and carry on with the rest of your life (warning: this only applies to dane on dane marriages and not to mixed culture marriages here).
  24. You can leave your kids unattended and you won’t get done for it.  Even really small babies.
  25. It’s really small so you don’t have to spend hours in the car to get anywhere.
  26. There’s a lot of ecological foodstuff to choose from in the supermarkets.
  27. Free gift wrapping service
  28. Free samples at the beauty counter and during food promotions.
  29. There is always a party to go to.
  30. If you like fish you can really pig out.
  31. If you like going topless on the beach nobody will arrest you.
  32. Cycling.
  33. Stuff is left outside supermarkets at night and it hardly gets stolen, which gives one a sense of living somewhere where people don’t need to steal.
  34. New Years Eve is done like they do it in films.
  35. Free Speech, anybody can say what they like without fear of reprisal.
  36. Equality, everybody is equal here and the handicapped get gold plated wheelchairs.
  37. Free schools … schools are free here.  You do not have to pay a single kroner for children for the schooling they get from 8am until 4.30 pm.
  38. The Penal system.  Sentences are really lenient here,   and one can do murder and only get three years or even nothing (if it is a family member and they goad you).
  39. Babies.  Babies are left unattended in carts outside all the drinking establishments.  It is so safe here nobody cares.
  40. Safety.  Denmark is so safe that there are no crimes.  Nobody gets burgled,  nobody gets raped and above all nobody gets their car stolen.
  41. Happiest Place on Earth, apart from North Korea of course.  Denmark is the happiest place on Earth, everybody is so happy and you can see it in their happy smiling faces.
  42. Low suicide rate.  Because Denmark is so happy the suicide rate is so low.  Last year there were only 7 suicides in the whole of Denmark and three of those were mercy suicides so do not count.
  43. International community.  The international community in Denmark is thriving.  There are more people moving to Denmark than leaving and the buzz is spreading all over the world that Denmark is the place to be.
  44. The educational system here is second to none.
  45. Multi culturalism and tolerance.  Denmark has embraced its immigrants and all schools teach understanding and rejoicing in differences.
  46. Human Rights.  Denmark has a spotless record when it comes to human rights, and has twice recieved the Worlds Best Treater of Humans award from Sting.
  47. Vikings.  Vikings come from Denmark.
BAD THINGS ABOUT DENMARK.
  1.  The seasons are insane.  One extreme to the other.  six months of extreme  cold and snow and having to wear a duvet coat with legs (obviously Canadians and Eskimos have no probs with this) and then stark bright sunlight bouncing off impossibly blue skies and garish yellow fields of rape.
  2. The people are odd.  So unless you are the same sort of odd you are going to hate it here.
  3. Really limited food choices.
  4. Funny opening hours at the shops.  They close when people get out of work…WTF????
  5. Sexual overtones..it is not unusual to find porm mags next to childrens comics.
  6. The landscape: really boring despite its summer prettiness,  one starts to yearn for hills and mountains.
  7. Horrid new breed of expats being paid by government think tanks to pretend Denmark is a viable option for people with children.  EVIL MOFOS.
  8. No veggie option.  Veggie option in Denmark is chicken or fish.  Many Danes do not understand what the word Vegan means and think it is something to do with diabetes.
  9. Arrogance.  Denmark thinks it is the best place in the world, which is really embarrassing because North Korea is.
  10. Bathrooms..its really rare to find a bathroom with a bath in it here. If you want to get properly clean you need a bath.
As you can see, the positives about Denmark far outweigh the negatives, so I would suggest, if you are thinking of moving here and are one of the many many hundreds of people who come to this blog on the searches:
“good and bad things about Denmark”
“should i move to Denmark”
“are danish people friendly”
“is denmark a good place to live”
etc, then you just move here, start a blog and tell the world.
 I suppose I am being irresponsible but to be quite frank, I am feeling playful.
xxx

37 responses to “40 good and bad things about Denmark

  1. 41 is my favourite.
    You missed out how democratic Denmark is. IT IS SO DEMOCRATIC. They have democracy coming out of their ears. This is because they invented democracy but they used a Greek word for it because it sounds better than “folkestyre”. If you visit another land you will see that they do not have as much democracy as Denmark and that is a shame but understandable because other lands cannot handle the concept of democracy so if anyone wants to go to a land with a lot of democracy they should move to Denmark.

  2. I like Danish people …very supportive.
    I hate the Car price here; don’t know what this country want to prove by having this unrealistic on road CAR price…around 3 time of else where in the world. I am confused whether all world is idiot or me here regarding only and only CAR? Rest all I simply love it.

  3. interesting, I didnt get the N Korea connection??

  4. I made this same list! Independently and almost verbatim I might add. This is incredible!

  5. I love Danmark. My late husband, a Dane, and I lived there before moving to Australia. Am now in the USA again, but moving back to Australia this year. I learned to ride a bike responsibly and cook well in København.

    A few summers ago I rented a cottage on Ærø in Ærøskøbing for a couple of months. The choices of food freshly grown on Ærø were excellent, the people most welcoming, and the weather a perfect Dansk summer. Of course, I had many visitors – from Danes to Australians to Americans.

    I still keep close touch with my Dansk family, including my nephew, Jan, who is a fine journalist. Another good thing to add to the list of good things is the great bike roads and polite bike riders!

    Thanks you, Danmark, for many years of happiness.

  6. The criminal part is not true. We’ve a decent crimerate in many areas.

    You don’t attend school form 8.30 to 16.30. During elementary it’s usually 8.10 to 13.45 and then it becomes 8.00 to 15.30 when you’re in high school (Gymnasium).

    Remember to mention our good english. As well as the “Jantelove” which is an invisible law, that says that you’re no better than me, even if you’re a successful lawyer and I am a school teacher. It’s a hidden law that is printed onto our foreheads, we don’t break, ever.

  7. Ha ha – I just found this page.
    I love the number 4 in the Bad section!

    But the one about suicide in the good list is not true. We have a very high suicide rate.

    PS/ Im Danish :-)

  8. I’m doing a speech on Denmark for school at the minute, and I’m just wondering if that 3 year prison sentence for murder is right?

  9. OH MY GOD, THIS IS SO FUNNY! I wrote this shortly before leaving Denmark when I COULD NOT GIVE A FUCK.

  10. There are a TON of more bad things about Denmark I HATE THIS COUNTRY

  11. I do not agree on some of the points… it is, illegal to drink on the streets, and people DO NOT leave their babies un attended when they drink, people get raped or burgled on the streets, they even get stab on brought day light…

    P.S. I’m born in Denmark, I live there

  12. This is hilarious!!! No. 47 made me crack up! Nice way to finish the “Good” list!

  13. Thanks for the info. I am going to move to Denmark soon. I visited Denmark last Oct Although my first impression of Denmark was not good but the more I learn about the country the more I am excited to move Denmark sooner. I am working in Singapore for almost 6 years. Although, It is good country overall to live but It is country with less freedom of speech and I want to settle down in more democratic country. Anyway, I hope the land of most happiest people in the world ultimately give me happiness in my life.

  14. No crime? Haha clearly you haven’t been to Nordvest or nørrebro

  15. Whoa. Let me list some of the wrongs here. 4: Shops close around 6pm. Giving most people enough time to get what they want. 5: most buses in Copenhagen, run every 4-10min, so yes, they run on time, I guess. 13: a study from 2002, put the Danish girls on the rank of the “least obese women in the world”. 39: No they aren’t. If you see a baby outside a coffee shop, the parent is the person behind the glass, so not unattended. 40: Wtf!! Not true. Cars a stolen all the time. Shootings daily on Nørrebro. I can keep going with the crimes. However, we do have one of the lowest crime rates in the world. 5(negative): Not since the 70’s, now the porn magazines have been put on top shelve in all shops all over the country (By law). The rest you put there, I can’t argue with your opinion on me and my fellow country-men/women. However, we do know the difference between a veggie and diabetes. One thing you should know, been living here and all; our biggest export is pork, and we love meat in this country. So yes, if you’re vegetarian, we do have things you need for your food. Arrogance? Well, doesn’t every country think their country the best in the world? It’s called patriotism. And his name is not H.C Anderson, it’s H.C Andersen ;)

    As a tourist in Denmark you’d enjoy yourself, but living here, people actually move out just weeks after coming into the country because its very hard to find an apartment for students, foreigners as well as for Danes.

  16. Really dude?! So many points I disagree on. I’m born here, and lived here most my life. Babies are NOT left unattended. Porn magazines are not next to children books, not since the 70’s (By law). 2002 study showed Danish women as the least obese women in the world. We do know the difference between a vegetarian and diabetes, we just choose to live by the pork and cow, and not rabbits food. And we’re no more odd to your country men, as your country men are to us. It’s what’s better known as “Culture differences”.

  17. Hi,
    I’m danish AND veggitarien. But u have right: danes are eating too much meat:)

  18. “It’s okay to be fat here, as is the norm. Even the teenage girls (so skinny in London for example) have pot jelly bellies.”
    -That’s not a good thing.
    “Safety. Denmark is so safe that there are no crimes. Nobody gets burgled, nobody gets raped and above all nobody gets their car stolen.
    Babies. Babies are left unattended in carts outside all the drinking establishments. It is so safe here nobody cares.”
    -I don’t care if you lived in the safest place in the universe. Leaving your baby unattended is not okay. And you mean to tell me nobody in Denmark has ever had their car stolen, or anything stolen for a matter of fact?
    “If you are from the USA you can live here and say you’ve lived in Europe, which it really is. Denmark is the poster child of Europe, and that is going to be a great story to tell the grandchildren.”
    -Um, I can live anywhere in Europe and say I lived in Europe. And Denmark is not the poster child of Europe. Ask anyone the first country they think of when they hear “Europe”. I bet that 99% will say either France or England.
    “You can leave your kids unattended and you won’t get done for it. Even really small babies.”
    -Again, not a good thing.”
    There is lots of snow and snow can be fun.
    -It’s fun if you’re staying in Denmark for two weeks in a hotel for vacation. But it’s not fun when you have to shovel snow and drive on slippery grounds and wear heavy coats when you leave the house just to take them off in your warm car and then take it off when you have to walk to your office building and then take them off again. (That was a really long sentence)
    Sexual overtones..it is not unusual to find porm mags next to childrens comics.
    -That’s not true. There’s a law prohibiting this.

  19. Its just got me all confused about Denmark I intend to to move there. What are the best sites to get to know about the place and how affordable is accommodation

  20. I want to move to denmark but I heard from the grapevine that if you cannot speak Danish it will be difficult to get a job how true is that

  21. this borders on genius. How did you get such insight?

  22. What’s wrong with sexual overtones? That should be listed under GOOD.

  23. I can certainly see that the person who made this have no idea what he/she/it is talking about
    1. Many food stores i closing about 8-23 pm.
    2. Arrogance? HAH, maybe a little. But nothing compare to US
    3. Happiest Place on Earth. Of course. We do not need to bitch about the smallest things or blaming others, as some others spend much time on.
    4. Safety? Denmark is the country in EU how have most burglary pr. 100.000 citizens. Ohh yeah. So safe.
    5. If you kill someone i can get 12 years in jail.
    6. You meet from 8:00 am to 12-14 pm times in ground school.
    7. It’s not okay to be fat. Fitness and diet is high fashion. Compare to especially US and fx. England, danes is thin.
    8. Who will leave their children unsupervised. is then probably the stupidest thing I’ve heard. So wrong.
    9. You don’t have to lock your door. Back to nr. 4. You have no idea what you a talking about.

  24. Okay I have go a little rage over this (I’m Danish myself). Many of these facts isn’t true, misspelling and a lot of bad grammar. I might not write gramaticly correct either, not my first language and I’m just 16 so.. Yeah.

    7. We have poisionous animals – just not deadly! Except if you’re allgergic to example bies.

    8. We do have a few earthquakes, they’re just incredibly small.

    10. It’s a personal opinion. We have a lot of rain in Denmark.. Rains quite a lot in the summertime.

    11. I don’t even really get that sentence.. But alchohol is not known to be cheap in DK, but we can buy alcohol from 16, as long as it’s under 16,5%

    19. Is that even true? Many people doesn’t even know of Denmark! Hell, even Danish people doesn’t know all it’s islands!

    33. Not even true. And most people DO lock their doors and cars. If you don’t lock your car.. If the car isn’t missing, the stuff in it is, maybe also the radio.

    39/40 nooot true.

    Now not so numbered.

    Danes DO care if you’re fat. A lot. We have a lot of bullying ourselves.

    Café life here is expensive. A cup of coffe can cost waay more than it should, just sayin’.

    Education is free in Denmark. Primary school, high school university or whatever after highschool; free! But I think you have to pay for books after high school. It doesn’t matter it’s from 8.am – 4.30 pm.. Any kind of education, just as much time as it takes.

    Danes are NOT sweet and innocent.

    Cozy.. Some people are cozy, others aren’t. It’s not like all Danes walk around and lie with eachother everywhere.

    If you leave kids unanttended like that.. It’s not legal here at all. You can get your kid taken away, we do care!

    It’s not that small. It can still be over 8 hours… And that’s with train.

    There isn’t always a party, maybe in Cph but not everywhere.

    Most of us DO know what vegitarians are, and some the difference between a vegatarian and a vegan.

    Bathrooms without showers.. Heard of a toilet? Ofc we have a baths! Not as much public, more at hotels or at home.

    Get your facts straight, okay? This blog doesn’t seem very reliable.

  25. what a load of bollocks!! Anybody would think you lot were talking about f*****g Disney world!!….Denmark is a great country but it is far from the treacly glossy crap spouted here!!

  26. there is a lot of crimes, drug abuse.. and they are even thinking of legalizing mari just because the preventing people from smoking is costing too much. Peope will steal your stuff if you leave them outside here. i havent seen any shops leave anything outside.. (not even rema1000 crap). there are fat people here. there is always fat people.

    education.. danes… yeah.. there are the smart ones.. but sooo many are very very retarted (just ask for stofa guy for visit and you know) or go to small computer shop.. and they claim you can go play newest games without a crafighs Card on computer. if electrical wire is cut off.. it dont mean its the problem.. it might be your machine itself.. even it needs the wire.. witch is cut to Work. but hey danes are so smart.. meh.

    chicken…ducks, goose, pork, cow.. yeah those they eat and a lot of it.
    denmark is Europeans Canada.

    its very expensive… even im from Finland and i still find Things expensive here.. Lucky i live at shouth so :P german is NeXT to me yayz.

    Danish people whine.. they whine freakishly much about everything.

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