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Danish business culture guide - Learn about Denmark

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http://businessculture.org - Find out about business culture in Denmark. This guide is part of the Passport to Trade 2.0 project, which examined European Business culture in 31 countries looking at business communication, business etiquette, business meeting etiquette, internship and student placements, cost of living, work-life-balance and social media guide.
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  • 1. |1businessculture.orgBusiness Culture in Denmark http://businessculture.org/northerneurope/denmark-business-culture/ Last updated: 6.10.2013businessculture.orgThis project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This Content cannot be publication reflects the view only of the author, and the Commission Denmark held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

2. |2TABLEOFCONTENTS BusinessCultureinDenmark....................................................................................................4 Xenophobia: being a foreigner in Denmark .........................................................................................5 International business in Denmark .......................................................................................................5 General Education ................................................................................................................................6 Educational standards ...........................................................................................................................6 Other Issues ...........................................................................................................................................7 Cultural taboos ......................................................................................................................................7BusinessCommunication..........................................................................................................8 Face-to-face communication .................................................................................................................8 Language Matters .................................................................................................................................9 Business Relationships ...........................................................................................................................9 Making contact....................................................................................................................................10 Personal Titles .....................................................................................................................................10BusinessEtiquette..................................................................................................................11 Corporate Social Responsibility ..........................................................................................................11 Punctuality ..........................................................................................................................................11 Gift giving ............................................................................................................................................11 Business Dress Code ............................................................................................................................12 Bribery and corruption........................................................................................................................12BusinessMeetingEtiquette....................................................................................................13 Importance of Business Meeting .........................................................................................................13 Business Meeting planning ..................................................................................................................13 Negotiation process .............................................................................................................................14 Meeting protocol .................................................................................................................................14 How to Run a Business Meeting .........................................................................................................14 Follow up letter after meeting with client............................................................................................15businessculture.orgContentDenmark 3. |3Business meals .....................................................................................................................................15 Business Meeting tips ..........................................................................................................................16Internshipandplacement.......................................................................................................17 Work experience .................................................................................................................................17 Internship and Placement advice ........................................................................................................17 Social security and European health insurance ..................................................................................17 Safety ...................................................................................................................................................18 Do I need a visa? .................................................................................................................................18 Internship and placement salary .........................................................................................................19 Internship and placement accommodation ........................................................................................19CostofLiving...........................................................................................................................20 Money and Banking ............................................................................................................................20 Traveling costs.....................................................................................................................................20Work-lifeBalance ....................................................................................................................22 National holidays.................................................................................................................................22 Working hours .....................................................................................................................................23 Health insurance .................................................................................................................................23SocialMediaGuide.................................................................................................................24 Social Media Guide for Denmark .......................................................................................................24 Search and Social Media Marketing for International Business .........................................................24businessculture.orgContentDenmark 4. |4BusinessCultureinDenmark Did you know about business culture in Denmark? Watch this video animation to find out some interesting facts.(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyjiHNUOQhI) The Kingdom of Denmark is a Nordic country. Its largest islands, which are connected by bridges and tunnels, are Zealand (Sjaelland), Funen (Fyn) and Jutland (Jylland), which is a peninsula north of Germany. The capital of Denmark is Copenhagen, situated on Zealand, the most densely populated part of the country. Denmark has about 5,4 million inhabitants, an area of c. 43 000 km2 and a coastline of c. 7300 km. Its neighboring countries are Germany, Sweden and Norway. Germany is the only country that Denmark has a land boundary with but there is a bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden. Denmark is a constitutional monarchy and a member state of the European Union (EU). In addition to Denmark itself, the kingdom also includes the Froe Islands and Greenland, which have an autonomous status and are largely self-governed. Denmark is a parliamentary democracy with Queen Margrethe II on the throne. In fact it is the worlds oldest monarchy and belongs to the oldest states in Europe. Historically, Denmark is an agricultural country, but for many years now the production structure has been changing. Denmark relies on a highly developed service sector and large export-oriented industry. Altogether, 72 percent of the Danish workforce is employed in the service sector, which accounts for half of the GDP. Industrial products make up 72 percent of Danish export. Denmarks most important natural resources are crude oil, natural gas, fish, salt and limestone. Denmark is also known for being among the worlds top countries when it comes to a very diverse range of products and services, including food, furniture and clothing, design businessculture.orgContentDenmark 5. |5and interior design, sea transport, windmills, pharmaceuticals, equipment for automatic cooling and heating, sensitive measuring instruments, as well as IT and communications. The welfare system in Denmark is extensive and is financed by one of the highest taxation levels in the world. The basic principle of the model is that all citizens have equal rights to social security. The standard of living in Denmark is high and the differences between rich and poor are small. When it comes to the Danish weather, in the summertime it does not get too hot while the winters remain relatively mild. In February, Denmarks coldest month, the mean temperature is 0C and in July the average temperature is 20C. In recent years the temperature in summer has risen to 30C. There is not too much variation between day and night temperatures. When going to Denmark be prepared for rain, since in Copenhagen it rains on average 170 days a year. As in other Nordic countries, the winters are dark and the summers are light. On the shortest days there are only 7, 5 h

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