Posted by: ilanasmith | December 12, 2007

You Know You’re In Denmark When…Round 2

  • You’re still annoyed that your "Scandinavian Europe" guidebook includes Iceland, Finland and the Faroe Islands.  (And that’s even when you pretend that Estonian chapter doesn’t exist.)
  • Tall, blonde and blue-eyed starts to get boring .
  • The sweet old ladies on the bus smell of beer.
  • Birthday decorations include the national flag.
  • The best indicator is not a ring on a finger, it’s a child-seat on a bike.
  • During a walk down Strøget on a crowded lørdag, you wish they could bring in a law about smoking outside too.
  • Due to overly-flattering Danish Design, the place you thought was a fancy homewares store turns out to be the Scando equivalent of a Two Dollar Shop.
  • Every second person is named ‘Claus’, but Santa’s called ‘The Christmas Man’.
  • The temperature isn’t that low, but the wind chill takes the experience from cool to deeply deeply unpleasant.


  1. Child seats on bicycles. It was that way in Germany too, at least in the 80s when I was there.

  2. I did it scientifically, Claus.  I took a sample of a group around me, and sure enough, every second person was named Claus.
    Though, then again, by that sample, apparently everyone in Denmark not named Claus is Australian, so I’m not sure how far I can trust it.

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