The last 12th of April, we went to Denmark for Easter week to visit some friends we had met on an exchange. It was an amazing experience that let us to learn about their culture and society, and we think that it's something that everyone should live once in life.
What surprised us the most was the relationship that our friends had with their parents. It was closer than here, and with more trust. Although, we could see that sometimes they were close-minded with the foreigners as they espected us to know the country language. In a lot of places (shops, restaurants...) you could see that they just spoke to you in Danish, even though you spoke to them in English, and they were understanding it. For example, we were having lunch in McDonald's, with some Danish friends, when two girls from Morocco stared at us. We asked to our friends why were they looking at us that way, and they told us that it was because we were speaking English and not Danish. We were very shocked, and that was the moment when we understood the importance that they give to knowing the language. But, in general, they are very sociable, for example, in Copenghaguen we didn't know where Abercrombie & Fitch was, so we asked a woman and she came with us all the way to the shop to show us where it was. One of the thingst hat we liked the most, was that they don't judge people for what they do or say. We could also see that they were very patriotic, because when there is an important event for the country they all get together. Every house has a post with a little Danish flag, and when it's an important familiar date, they change it for a bigger one. They are very religious (they are Catholic Lutherans), and when they are 13/14 years old it's typical to do the konfirmation, that would be like the confirmation here, where all the family is reunited and they hold a big party.
Danish education is a clear example of a nordic education model: they start school at 6 yeas old, and give more importance to the integration than to the momery. They go to school from 6 to 16 years old and, like here, they go five days a week and they do the same subjects. Once a week they do projects or they go around town doing interviews and discovering the nature. When they finish, they can choose either going to high school for 3 years and then start a vocational training or university, or going to the Efterskole, a unic Danish system. That type of schools lasts one or two years, each one has its own values and independent programes. Depending on what you like to do, you can choose among subjects such as gymnastics, dancing... They believe in specialization.
It's a typical northern eating time: having lunch around midday and having dinner at 6 p.m., without eating in between. Either the lunch or dinner, like here, are eaten with bread. But they eat a kind of dark bread called rugbrod. Another typical dish is a fish called Arinerede sild. As it was Easter week when we were there, we went on a family lunch and they cooked a typical Easter dish, it was a type of meat called Frikadeller with vegetable sauce. A thing that surpried us was that they never use fablecloth.
In Denmark they always dress up the food with sauce. The sauce they like the most are the ones with cheese.
It was an amazing experience that we would recommend to everyone.