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A guide to understanding the Danes that highlights their character and behaviour with warmth and wit.
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Xenophobe's Guide to the Danes

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Overview

A guide to understanding the Danes that highlights their character and behaviour with warmth and wit.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781908120243
  • Publisher: Oval Books
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Series: Xenophobe's Guide , #9
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 92
  • Sales rank: 481,198
  • File size: 638 KB

Meet the Author

Helen Dyrbye grew up on the east coast of England. She writes children's fiction and works as a language consultant.
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The Xenophobe's Guide to the Danes


By Dyrbye, Helen

Oval Books

Copyright © 1999 Dyrbye, Helen
All right reserved.

ISBN: 1902825241

Everything in moderation
Denmark is a land of modesty and moderation. This is largely a consequence of the Danes' sense of social responsibility. The touchstone of any activity or point of view is whether it is samfundsrelevant, that is, socially useful.

That's not funny
Danish humour suffers from the handicap of the Danes' literal-mindedness ('Can you play the violin?' 'I don't know, I've never tried.'), and for their need to conform. In a country where all right-thinking people think the right things, no-one is sufficiently different to laugh at.

Combined forces
Danes co-operate. Lego comes from the Danish words leg godt which means 'play well', and this is just what the Danes are good at. They get along well with other people. In any brochure translated for the world market, the word 'co-operation' will appear at least three times per page along with a generous sprinkling of 'joint ventures'.

Frankly speaking
They say what they think about sex, politics, religion, everything. Small talk can assume monstrous proportions. They will tell you frankly how much their mortgage is, how much they earn per hour and whether or not they shave their armpits.


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Excerpted from The Xenophobe's Guide to the Danes by Dyrbye, Helen Copyright © 1999 by Dyrbye, Helen. Excerpted by permission.
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Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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Table of Contents

Nationalism and Identity 5
Character 10
Attitudes and Values 15
Happy Families 20
Manners and Behaviour 25
Leisure and Pleasure 30
Drinking and Eating 35
Custom and Tradition 40
Sense of Humour 43
Culture 46
Systems 52
Business and Commerce 57
Government 60
Language 62
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