Located in northern Europe, Denmark like other Scandinavian countries boasts of a superior quality of life. Along with equal economic opportunities, welfare schemes and cultural interests, Danish society offers its people a high level of personal satisfaction which is why perhaps people of this country are rated to be among the happiest in the world 1 . So if you are a woman and looking for fulfillment both in social and personal relationships, it may be well be worth to keep in mind what men from Denmark are like.
Regard for rules
The Danish society has a high regard for proper public behavior. Men and women here talk softly and are unfailingly polite in their social as well as professional interactions. So when you meet a Danish guy for the first time, introduce yourself properly and shake hands while maintaining level eye contact. Don’t go hugging or kissing him since here both men and women are quite protective of their personal space. You will rarely find Danish men swearing or even talking loudly in public, no matter how aggrieved they are. In any case, since the Danes are stickler for rules, there are rarely any occasions for disputes and conflicts. Indeed the majority of Danes believe there is one proper way in which to act in any given circumstance. If someone is not following the rules, be they written or merely understood, someone will generally speak up and admonish them to obey the accepted protocol.
Punctual to the core
One example of the high regard for proper public behavior in Danish society is punctuality. Both men and women are always on time, whether for an office meeting or a social appointment. Punctuality is intrinsic to Danish life and in fact being late is seen as evidence of an unreliable and even rude personality - someone who cannot be trusted rather than someone who simply likes to take things easy. So when a Danish guy asks if he can pick you up at eight in the evening, by all means expect him to turn up ten to fifteen minutes earlier which means that you should be ready for your date by seven-thirty. Indeed your Danish friends may decide to visit you at your pad one weekend thirty days from now, and even if you have not spoken about the planned get-together anytime during the month, you can be sure they will remember the exact date and arrive at the scheduled time, punctual to the minute.
Danes are among the most physically active men in the world. They are not only avid players of sports like soccer and handball but incorporate physical activity in their daily lives. One instance of this is its biking infrastructure which is one of the most advanced in the world since here lanes, paths, traffic laws and rentals are specially designed for the convenience of bikers. Denmark’s capital city Copenhagen is believed to be one of the most bike-friendly cities on the planet and in the entire country 36% of all Danish adults ride a bike to work daily or once a week while 45% of all Danish children bike to school 2 . So if you are keen to attract a Danish guy, by no means you should exhibit a reluctance to get to the outdoors. Indeed biking in sunny weather along the lovely canals of Copenhagen or through any of its pretty parks can be a great way to get to know an attractive Dane.
While the Danes are not one of the most loquacious people, they do enjoy a good conversation especially when they see that you don’t mind taking the lead. Apart from sports, Danish guys enjoy discussing foreign lands and cultures since they like to be known as cosmopolitan and with international tastes. Indeed with six weeks of regularized vacation, Danes are some of the most enthusiastic travelers. The men here are especially drawn to Spanish and Latin American cultures and you may even discover that your guy goes for Spanish lessons after work. Yet another topic for conversation with a Danish guy could be home improvement, carpentry, gardening or such other interests. Danish men are on the whole quite proud of their home improvement skills; so if you happen to visit their homes, make it a point to appreciate their efforts and you will be sure to leave a good impression.
Apart from their home improvement skills, what makes Danish men great partner material is their respectful attitude towards women. Whether in the public place, in the workplace or at home, men here accord women the same regard and appreciation that they would to friends, co-workers or relatives of their own sex. Also here men are as involved in child-rearing and other domestic commitments as their female partners. Even though women’s empowerment is inbuilt in Danish society, it is also strongly backed by law. Here people get both paternity and maternity leave, which is often full paid. Indeed the egalitarian nature of Danish society is reflected in its language too which mostly employs gender-neutral words. So if you are looking at long term prospects, Danish men would make great life partners.
However the primary downside of egalitarian attitude towards both genders is that men in Denmark are not used to taking the lead in relationships. Compared to Latino guys or even American hunks, Danish men appear unsure or at least reluctant to take risks and the initiative when it comes to women. On the other hand they are perfectly comfortable with women asking them out and even directing the course of a relationship, without any thought of labeling their female partners ‘aggressive’ or ‘excessively forward’. So while you cannot look forward to the thrill of the chase when dating a Danish guy or even being wooed with all the fire and passion of the Italian way, overall Danish guys are decent, liberal-minded and supportive – all of which are essential for long, mutually fulfilling relationships.
- ABC 2020 - Denmark: The Happiest Place on Earth
- Cycling Embassy of Denmark - Cycling Statistics from Denmark