Meeting the Danes
Meeting the locals and experiencing their culture are some of the attractions of studying abroad. Through your studies at the University of Copenhagen and the many social events taking place during the semesters, you will have obvious opportunities to meet and socialise with Danish students.
What are the Danes like? You will undoubtedly form your own opinion about the Danes, and so you should. You should not be supplied with a whole set of views in advance, but a few hints can be useful to make your stay a bit easier from the beginning.
The home is a central concept in the life of a Dane, and the Danes put much effort and money into making their homes comfortable and hyggelige (cosy). Hygge (cosiness) is a keyword in the Danish way of life, focusing on enjoying the simple things in life.
According to international studies, Danes are generally very happy with their lives, with work-life balance, political freedom, strong social networks, health and an absence of corruption being important factors.
Breaking the Ice
While Denmark is generally known to be an open and friendly country, Danes also have a reputation of being a bit reserved, and in the beginning they may seem difficult to get into contact with. However, if you show an interest in getting to know the Danes, their culture and their language you will get a positive response. Try to speak a bit of Danish to your fellow students even if you only know a few phrases. It pays off. Most Danes will be happy to help you and to speak English with you.
Danes are very informal and liberal in their way of life. The position towards alcohol is generally relaxed.
Ideas for places to meet with Danish students include the Student House, the University Sports Association (USG) or one of the students associations where Danish and international students meet and organise cultural functions and excursions.