The following sections gives you a little insight to the Danish work culture and life in Odense.
Danish companies are known to have a very flat hierarchical structure. People often relate to one another as equals regardless of job titles and formal positions.
Managers and employees address each other by their first names and most decisions are discussed in forums where all employees have an equal say. At lunch, you will find managers and employees sitting at the same table talking about family life, holidays and what they do in their spare time.
In the typical Danish workplace, everyone is encouraged to contribute with ideas and professional opinions regardless of title or status. Moreover, everyone relevant is always involved in making decisions.
This means that the general atmosphere in a Danish workplace is professional, but also casual and informal.
Danish workplaces often focuses towards teamwork and team collaboration. This way of working together is based on trust. Your team members or your manager will not micromanage you or see how you are coming along with work. They trust that the work will be done within the agreed timelines unless informed otherwise. Some internationals also describe the work culture in Denmark as being very informal compared to what they are used to.
For some internationals, asking questions can be challenging especially if you come from a culture that is top-down driven.
In Denmark, we believe in the saying: “There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers.” So do not hesitate to ask your employer, if you might have questions regarding work or how to proceed with a task.
Asking questions or giving critical comments is considered showing your commitment and taking responsibility.
Managers do not micromanage their employees and do not have to ensure that they are doing their job well as they trust that this is the case. Another keyword that can describe the Danish work culture is “independence.”
Danes often prefer to work independently, and employers like the fact that employees are responsible and able to work independently. The relationship between the employer and the employee is built on trust and mutual respect. The employer trusts that the employee will speak up if there is an issue.
Leisure time is important to the Danes and many families make an effort to spend as much time as possible outdoors.
Danish humor can be tricky thing to newcomers. The Danish humour involves sarcasm and irony, and can therefore be hard to interpret for others.
Find examples and explanations here.
At business meetings, Danes will generally introduce themselves by their full name and with a handshake and expect you to do the same.
You should not expect to be introduced to people by others. You should take the initiative (this is also the case at social gatherings).
The municipality of Odense has invested heavily in its cycling infrastructure and it shows. The easiest way to get around town is on a bike and for the majority of families, biking is their main mode of transportation.
International Community Odense has created this very useful guide for biking in Odense.
In Denmark there are a number of options for those seeking Danish news in English:
- The Local Denmark - Denmark's news in English
- CPH Online Post
- www.denmark.dk is Denmark’s official international website
On this website you will find news articles in English, as well as articles, images, and facts about Danish business, politics, culture, history, the media, etc. Denmark.dk also has services in German, Spanish and French
- www.yourdanishlife.dk is a magazine for expats living in Denmark.
Published 4 times a year, the magazine has articles about history, leisure, travelling, tips from expats, and much more
Online weather forecasts in English
Danes have a reputation for talking a lot about the weather. Numerous online forecast sites are available in English.
The standard costs of living in Denmark is high and the economy performs above the European average. Accommodation, food and transport are therefore relatively expensive in Denmark compared to other countries. However salaries and PhD stipends are correspondingly high, and services such as medical treatment are free of charge.
Odense is as a main rule cheaper to live in than Copenhagen, but Odense is more expensive than Kolding, Esbjerg and Sønderborg.
Below we have gathered some sample prices, but for a more detailed impression of living costs in Odense and Denmark, we suggest that you check out this page from NUMBEO where people all over the world share costs of living in different countries. You can also compare two cities with each other to see, where the living costs are the highest.
You can also take a look at our partner's International Community Odense's website to find more information about the living costs specifically for Odense.