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CultureShock! Denmark

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CultureShock! Denmark is the only guide you will need to live and work in this land where the people come across as being homogeneous and which has its own distinct set of rules and regulations. Find out how the Danes' reserved nature and the walfare system affect their views on life and why they strongly believe in the ideas of equality. The spirit of do-it-yourself thrives abd you will learn tips on how to manage chores and other maintenance work without the assistance of trademen. Discover also what it is like to live in an andelsbolger, to get around by cycling and why Danish children become independent from an early age. Let CultureShock! Denmark initiate you into this beautiful land where nature thrives so you can make the most out of your stay in the country.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Series
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgements
  8. Note
  9. Map of Denmark
  10. Chapter 1: First Impressions
    1. Getting to Know the Place
    2. Arriving
    3. Who Can Stay in Denmark?
    4. How Many Foreigners are There?
  11. Chapter 2: Overview of the Land and History
    1. A Country of Islands
    2. Physical Features
    3. Wildlife
    4. The Danes
    5. The Weather and the Seasons
    6. A Bit of History
    7. The Nordic Mythology
    8. Danish Colonies
    9. A Remarkable Transformation
    10. Media and Politics
    11. The Political System
  12. Chapter 3: People
    1. Some Subjective Generalisations
    2. Some Universal Values
    3. A Culture Undergoing Change
    4. A Royal Complaint
    5. The Humanitarian Tradition
    6. The Protection of Nature
    7. Caring for the Environment
    8. Law and Order
    9. A Constant Fear of Crime
    10. Helping the Weak
    11. Workers’ Rights
    12. International Humanitarianism
    13. Celebrity Worshipping
  13. Chapter 4: Socialising
    1. How the Danes Will View You
    2. Finding the Real Denmark
    3. The Danish Home
    4. Socialising with the Danes
    5. Occasions to Celebrate
    6. Danes and Religion
  14. Chapter 5: Settling In
    1. Setting Up Residence
    2. Utilities
    3. Getting Around
    4. Spending Money
    5. Currency
    6. Banks
    7. Salaries and Taxes
    8. Your Family in Denmark
    9. In Sickness and in Health
    10. Starting School
    11. Defending the Country
    12. Surviving Culture Shock
  15. Chapter 6: Food Inglorious Food
    1. Party Games
    2. Visiting Friends
  16. Chapter 7: Enjoying Denmark
    1. Free Time in Denmark
    2. The Great Outdoors
    3. Where to Go
    4. How to Get There
    5. Cultural Activities
    6. Festivals
    7. The Danish Social Year
    8. Tourism in Denmark
  17. Chapter 8: Language and Communication
    1. Communicating With The Danes
    2. Different languages
    3. The Scandinavian Brotherhood
    4. Danish Names
    5. Names of Places
    6. Picking Up Danish
    7. The Alphabet and Pronunciations
  18. Chapter 9: Working (and not Working) Life
    1. The True Unemployment
    2. Farming the Danish Way
    3. Agriculture and the European Union
    4. The Gainfully Employed
    5. Employment Opportunities
    6. Large Corporations
    7. Smaller Companies
    8. Finding a Job
    9. Employment Matters
    10. In the Workplace
    11. Out of Work
    12. Starting Your Own Business
    13. Work and Play
    14. Let’s Not Do Lunch
  19. Chapter 10: DIY Denmark
    1. Government Structure
    2. Important Events and Concepts
    3. World Famous Danes
    4. Name Dropping
    5. Acronyms
  20. Culture Quiz
  21. Do’s and Don’ts
  22. Glossary
  23. Resource Guide
  24. Further Reading
  25. About the Author
  26. Index