Cultural And Cultural Beliefs In Denmark: The Characteristics Of Culture

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What is Culture? Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines culture as, “the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group” (Merriam-Webster, 2018). There are many different ways to explain the characteristics of culture. Culture can mean many different things to people around the world, but I deduce the characteristics to be: values, social norms, and traditions, along with religious and personal beliefs. Denmark has deep values that root into their egalitarianist society, which means they have a heavy belief that all people should be treated equal. Having these types of values greatly affects their social norms such as women being very highly respected business persons in many different industries and having equal pay as men. Their belief in egalitarianism has also led to their language having gender-neutral words which contradicts many other languages throughout the world. Etiquette plays a large role in Denmark and can have lasting effects on the citizens if not followed properly. Danes regard not only table manners, but also traditions, including how to greet someone, business negotiations and punctuality to be of the highest importance. The Danes have multiple different religions present in their country, but the main religion followed is Evangelical Lutheran which makes up about 95% of the population (Commisceo, 2017). Lastly we have personal beliefs. Personal beliefs can tie into social norms for the most part, but
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