Jantelov and the ability not to take yourself too seriously are a central part of Danish culture. Danes love to laugh at themselves and expect others to do the same – but this can be baffling to people from competitive, hierarchical societies like China, India and the USA.
In this presentation, we discuss how the Danish passion for equality and self-effacing humor can affect the office working environment. How does a foreigner know when a Dane is joking? Are hard truths sometimes concealed in ‘Danish humor’? And when and where should you offer the people around you a kvajebajer?
Based on experience
Kay Xander Mellish arrived in Denmark 16 years ago. A former staff member 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, Chinese and Arabic.
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