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A poem about Denmark

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I have to say that before I moved to Denmark I knew very little about the country. As I was
listing observations after 4 months here and things stereotypically Danish, I thought it would
be fun to collect these in a (rhyming) poem about Denmark from a foreigner’s perspective. If
you would like to know more about living in Denmark as a foreigner, please ask away!


Most people are blondes on the street
Danish pastries called wienerbrød delectably sweet
Using bike to get around is the norm
Train works fine unless there’s a snowstorm
In winter never see the sun
Yet in the snow Danes still go out to run
At 7 morn, 5 afternoon it’s always dark
Tivoli, the magical theme park
Inside the atmosphere is surreal
For Danes cycling 20km to work is no big deal
In Denmark Lego had its birth
The Danes are the happiest people on earth
Hygge the concept of coziness is at their culture’s core
Equality results in the lowest gini score
Least corrupt ranking makes things transparent
Punctuality is apparent
Christmas beer flows at 8:59pm on J-day
Julefrokost Christmas party is time to play
Æbleskiver and gløgg – nuts in red wine steaming hot
For numbers, dot means comma and comma means dot
Danish design of world renown
Christiania – self-reigning hippie freetown
The Little Mermaid sits on a rock in Langelinie
Healthcare is free
But taxes are high
Hej means hi, hej hej is goodbye
No rules all exceptions makes Danish grammar hard to know
How to pronounce the diagonal slashed ‘o’ (ø)?
H.C. Andersen was here
25% VAT makes everything dear
Liquorice is salty and black
Dialect-speaking Jutlanders from off the beaten track
Danish liquor Fisk tastes like alcoholic cough syrup and minty Listerine
Leaving your nasal passages unblocked and clean
Denmark has the world’s oldest national flag
Rainy weather so pack an umbrella in your bag
Greenland belongs to Denmark but no one owns the North Pole
Home of Carlsberg beer, skål!

Tivoli at Christmas

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10 Comments to A poem about Denmark

  1. Posted January 17, 2011 at 10:36 am | Permalink
    Lise says:

    Megan, I absolutely love this. As a Dane it is always fun to read what others have to say about Denmark… I think you are spot on! We’re punctual, it’s freezing, taxes are high and the alcohol tastes like cough syrup (!!) but we love our fairy tales, LEGO, bikes and we know how to have a fun, cozy “hyggelig” time.

    I am happy that you guys are enjoying yourselves here.

  2. Posted January 17, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Permalink
    Megan Chiao says:

    Thanks, Lise! Glad you like it and think it’s accurate :) It was really fun to write!

  3. Posted January 18, 2011 at 3:42 pm | Permalink
    Veda Sunassee says:

    Megan! This is lovely! It’s as if I could see all those places/things. Just browsed through your posts and here are a few things:
    1. Apologies for being so late to catch up.
    2. You’re a lovely writer!
    3. Glad you’re enjoying Denmark! Hope to see you again at some point in the future.

  4. Posted January 18, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Permalink
    Ove Munch Ovesen says:

    Bull’s eye, Megan! So fun.

  5. Posted January 18, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Permalink
    Sarah Marie Andreasen says:

    Really nice mix of observations and feelings about Denmark and the danes. I agree with Lise: Spot on!

  6. Posted January 19, 2011 at 11:11 am | Permalink
    Hans Ubbe Ebbesen says:

    Very captivating! Looking forward to your next post!

  7. Posted January 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm | Permalink
    Ani Movsisyan says:

    Hi Megan,

    Enjoyed your poem! Very true and funny observations you made. Looking forward to reading Part 2 ;)

  8. Posted February 12, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Permalink
    Irene Yang says:

    Very helpful to learn Demark for a foreigner! Thanks for sharing, Megan. There are so many interesting things about Demark I don’t know before.

  9. Posted February 16, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Permalink
    Cathrine says:

    It’s a really good poem and so right. I’m a Dane, but don’t live in DK for the moment, so all those special things i really miss and makes it very clear for me what’s so special about Denmark, so i’m glad that you spot on those things too (:

  10. Posted February 9, 2013 at 10:51 am | Permalink
    Komal Shakeel says:

    I am glad to see this company is not just about work but also allows so much individuality and creativity. Very Interesting Megan