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Denmark organises and funds its social security, health service and educational system on The Danish Social Welfare Model. Its guiding principle is that all citizens should receive benefits, regardless of whether they are employed, as long as they fulfil the conditions. The state pays the largest portion of the funding for the system, financing it through general taxation. The health service and education are free to all while other services such as child care are heavily subsidised. As a result, whilst Denmark is a capitalist market economy, there is less inequality in the distribution of income and the concentration of wealth and power in the hands of the few is inhibited.

The other Scandinavian nations think of the Danes as being somewhat lax in upholding traditional Scandinavian values, leading to their characterisation of Denmark as “the loose woman to the south.” Danes are generally considered to be more genial and easy-going and visitors will not find them to be as shy as other Scandinavians.

The Danes love nature and will enthuse about the landscape of either their own country or one they have visited. This attitude combined with good old-fashioned Danish practicality has led to some very progressive environmental policies from the government, with the full support of the population.

Culture Smart! Denmark is a concise guide to understanding the Danish people, with illuminating insights into their national identity. Familiarise yourself with their customs, traditions and culture and experience Denmark authentically.


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