Coronavirus and Denmark: A few thoughts

One of the great questions in the aftermath of the Coronavirus outbreak will be the fate of the handshake in Denmark. Only two months ago, a law debuted that required new Danish citizens to shake the mayor of the local municipality. The law, which was promoted by nationalist parties and targeted at fundamentalist Muslims who refuse to shake hands with the opposite sex, was in my opinion stupid even before the Corona crisis. (One Dutch-born mayor who was becoming a Danish citizen would have had to shake his own hand.) What happens after the virus is vanquished? The Danes do love a handshake; when arriving at a party, they go around and shake the hand of everyone in the room. The same is true of a job interview; it’s considered appropriate to shake the hand of each of the managers staring at you from across the table.