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Working Culture in Denmark

The Danish working culture is based on communication, collaboration and personal responsibility.

  • Danish employees are team workers and are often given a personal influence at the workplace.
  • In the typical Danish workplace everybody is invited to contribute with own ideas and professional opinions regardless of title and status.
  • This means that the general atmosphere in a Danish workplace is professional, but also casual and informal. Many workplaces have what resembles a flat management hierarchy, which means it is normal to take up issues directly with the manager or employer.
  • In Denmark, a standard workweek consists of 37 hours of work usually carried out from Monday to Friday. Most employees have a certain degree of flexibility when it comes to working hours.
  • Danes hold many meetings to facilitate the free flow of communication and secure unity, common understanding and consensus in the workforce. In addition to this, Danes believe in informal knowledge sharing. This means Danes eat lunch together and hold coffee breaks during the day to socialize and discuss both private and work related topics.
  • Many Danish workplaces organize activities that bring employees together such as after work gatherings on Fridays, Christmas parties in December and other social activities such as running or fitness clubs.
  • For newcomers to Denmark it is a good idea to participate in these social activities, as it is a good way to get to know your Danish as well as foreign colleagues.
Link: www.workindenmark.dk