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Book a “What is Danishness?”/”Hvad er Danskhed?” event

What does it mean to be Danish? Or, put in local terms, Hvad er Danskhed?

Is Danishness found in Danish food – in kødboller and flæskesteg? – and Danish obsessions, like home renovation, large flags and finding bargains in the weekly tilbudsavisen? Is Danishness following the Jantelov, putting the welfare of the community above individual desires and achievement? Does Danishness require particular clothing, a certain skin color, or a large bowl of candy on Fridays?

In this intercultural event, Kay Xander Mellish will discuss Danishness from a foreigner’s perspective, and suggest ways that Danes and foreigners can understand each other better.

Never lose your temper in Denmark - speak in a tone as calm and flat as the Danish countryside.

Losing your temper is ‘udansk.” Instead, speak in a tone as calm and flat as the Danish countryside.

Kay Xander Mellish arrived in Denmark 16 years ago. A trained journalist and a former member of the communications staff at Danske Bank, Carlsberg Breweries and Saxo Bank, Kay runs her own communications consulting business in Copenhagen, Denmark. She is behind the podcast series ‘How to Live in Denmark’ and is the author of the book ‘How to Live in Denmark‘, available in English and Chinese.

Book Kay for your group

If you represent a corporate or community group and would like to have Kay make a presentation at your location, please get in touch via this site’s contact form for more information. Or download a PDF about How to Live in Denmark events you can share with colleagues.

This event was originally held at Politikens Akademi in Copenhagen.

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Working in Denmark or hoping to find a job in Denmark? Get the How to Work in Denmark Book for tips on finding a job, succeeding at work, and understanding your Danish boss. It can be ordered via Amazon or Saxo.com or from any bookstore using the ISBN 978-8-743-000-80-8. Contact Kay to ask about bulk purchases, including special orders with your company logo. You can also plan a How to Work in Denmark event with Kay for your school, company, or professional organization.

How to Live in Denmark is the updated version of our very first book based on the popular podcast and the essays you’ll see on this site. You can purchase it on Amazon and Saxo.com, or get the original book on Google Play in English, Chinese, and Arabic. You can also book Kay Xander Mellish to stage an event tailored for your company or organization, including the popular How to Live in Denmark Game Show, a great way for Danes and internationals to have fun together.

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