This island-clustered Scandinavian land is of the happiest and most progressive nations in the world, but Denmark just will not let go of one violent and dark tradition: restraining single people on their 25th birthdays and covering them head to toe with cinnamon. Wanton misuse of spices aside, the Danes have a strong culture of workplace wellness and balance, and are motivated, independent workers who have given the world LEGOs, Insulin and Google Maps. Just don’t ask them to give up Greenland.
This Shakespearian setting is the 16th stop on our ’round-the-world video curation tour of work cultures in many nations. We invite you to join us, watch out for us on our social channels (#CultureCoordinates) and let us know what these videos get right-or don’t-about working in different countries.
High accountability meets relaxed approachability…
…take time out for your kids, or be seen as a weirdo
Fast Culture Facts for Denmark
- 5.77 million, with a middle-of-the-road population density of 134 people per square kilometer. Most people live in cities. The most populous city at 1.2 million inhabitants is Denmark’s capital, Copenhagen.
- 3 million – with a labor force participation rate of 62.4%– around the same as the United States’ rate. Women make up 47.4% of the workforce.
- Denmark’s GDP was $351 billion in 2018, making it the 39th largest economy in the world. About three-quarters of that GDP comes from Denmark’s services sector, including tourism. About 20% comes from industry, followed by agriculture. Denmark’s economy is very dependent on trade, especially with neighboring European nations.
- Denmark ranks 13th in overall in gender equality. The gender pay gap is around 15 percent – similar to the U.S. gap, and some reports have blamed for the disparity. Denmark also faced widespread criticism on its policies to integrate a large Muslim immigrant population into its Danish-born majority population. Denmark has banned employment discrimination against LGBTQ people, and gay marriage is legal.
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