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Motivating Factors

✦ Danes like to charm people (hygge). Enter into the spirit.
✦ Humor is an important factor.
✦ Pleasant follow-up is always advisable.
✦ They insist on tolerance of views and flexibility.
✦ Stick to facts and analyze them intelligently.
✦ Make all proposals seem reasonable.

Avoid

✦ Any form of boasting.
✦ Showing you think you are cleverer than they are.
✦ Laughing at them or at things Danish.
✦ Patronizing them in any way.
✦ Showing too much interest in materialism or bottom-line focus.
✦ Infringing on anybody ’s rights.
✦ Being overly serious; Danes think Swedes are so

Gift Giving Etiquette

. If invited to a Danish home for dinner, bring flowers, good quality chocolates or good quality wine. A bouquet of mixed wildflowers makes an excellent gift.
. If you are invited to dinner or a party, it is polite to send flowers in advance of the event.
. Gifts are opened when received.

Dining Etiquette

If invited to a Danish home:

. Arrive on time. Danes are punctual in both business and social situations.
. Check to see if you should remove your shoes before entering the house.
. Contact the hostess ahead of time to see if she would like you to bring a dish.
. Offer to help the hostess with the preparation or clearing up after a meal is served.
. Do not discuss business.

Watch your table manners!

. Wait to be told where to sit. There may be a seating plan.

. Table manners are Continental -- hold the fork in the left hand and the knife in the right while eating.
. Always keep your hands visible when eating. Keep your wrists resting on the edge of the table.
. Try everything.
. Finish everything on your plate. Danes do not like wasting food.
. Do not begin eating until the host toasts with 'Skol'.
. When toasting, raise your glass about eye level and make eye contact with the people seated closest to you.

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