Danes are almost all Lutherans; 96 percent belong to the Evangelical church. The women’s rights movement had a head start in Denmark, which may be good or bad for the ladies, depending upon one’s viewpoint. Unmarrieds living together is common. So, too, are pregnant brides. Divorce is also common. About one in four marriages ends in divorce. In industry, it is equal rights with equal pay.
The Danes are socially advanced. They believe strongly in the welfare state and, like others who are fond of big government, resent the high taxes necessary to pay for it.
What are the Danes like as people? They are described as modest, nonfrivolous, hard working and proud. They are optimists, nature lovers, and as was amply demonstrated when the Germans took over during World War II, more than capable of standing up for decency even at great danger to themselves.
They seem to get along with each other better than in most places. One reason is the homogeneity of the people. The phone blog is loaded with Andersens, Christiansens, Knudsens, and Jensens.
Copenhagen and Sweden are close neighbors, separated only a few miles by the Ore-sund, the narrow link between the North and Baltic Seas. A one-day trip from Copenhagen gives the visitor a taste of both countries. Trains leave Copenhagen every half hour for Helsingor, one hour to the north, along the Danish Riviera. Helsingor is the site of the castle in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. A short car-ferry ride lands one across the channel in Helsengburg, Sweden. A ninety-minute train ride south, past the university town of Lund and rolling farmland, and the visitor is at Mahno. A hydrofoil run of forty minutes carries the visitor back to Copenhagen.