Managing in Denmark
Making Work-Life Balance a Priority
When you think of Denmark, what springs to mind? Brightly colored houses, huge sky-blue container ships, or perhaps the Little Mermaid?
Denmark boasts all of these things, but this small Scandinavian country is also one of the easiest places in the world to do business. It has a stable democracy, a modern, dynamic economy, and an efficient and flexible working culture.
Denmark is an exceptional country in which to live and work. If you relocate here to do business, you'll soon notice the high standards of living, the low crime rates, and the importance of family and personal time. Danes have mastered the art of living a "balanced" happy life, and are able to pursue rewarding careers while making the most of life away from the office.
In this article, we'll explore how to live and work successfully in Denmark.
This article is intended as a general guide only. Pay attention to how other people behave in different situations, keep an open mind, and use your own best judgment when managing a Danish team.
Danish Life and Culture
Denmark is a small country of around 16,570 square miles. It comprises one large peninsula and several hundred islands, and has a population of only 5.6 million people. It is the southernmost country in Scandinavia – the other two being Norway and Sweden – and it's bordered by Germany in the south. The self-governing, distant territories of Greenland and the Faroe Islands are also part of the Danish kingdom.
Denmark is the southernmost country in Scandinavia and it's bordered by Germany in the south.
Denmark is a member state of the European Union, but it's not part of the Eurozone and the krone remains the official currency. The capital city is Copenhagen, and the country's other cities are small (by international standards) but highly developed....