Skip to content

Three Features of Denmark

Danish Society
The Danish society is known for its strong welfare system and for being one of the most the most egalitarian countries in the world. The Danish welfare state is made possible through a progressive taxation system - the more money you make, the more taxes you will pay. This system ensures that all Danes have equal access to social security, medical care and education.

Another unique feature about Denmark Danish society is the so-called flexicurity, which is a combination of the two words flexibility and security. The term describes the Danish work model in which Danes have a high degree of mobility between jobs and at the same time are secured financially in case they lose their job.  

Furthermore, the Danish society can be defined by its work-life-balance. Many Danes prioritize taking time off to be with their family and friends over work. That reflects in the way Danes work too. In the workplace, Danes have flexible working conditions and are effective and result-oriented.

Design, Architecture and Gastronomy
Through the years, Denmark has developed strong traditions in architecture and design. Today, Danish architecture and design can be seen many places in the world. One of the best-known pieces of Danish architecture is the Sydney Opera House. Furthermore, Danish design have become known over the years due to the simplicity in design and high quality craftsmanship e.g. Danish furniture such as “the Swan” and “the Spanish chair”.

More recently, Denmark has become noticed for its new Nordic cuisine based on principles such as reflecting the seasons in the meals, promoting Nordic products and produces and combining local self-sufficiency with regional exchange of high-quality goods. The Danish restaurant NOMA has even been pointed to as the world’s best restaurant several times.

Green Country
One last defining feature about Denmark is the fact, that Denmark is a green country. Since the 1980’es, Denmark has become a front-runner in development of new sustainable technologies and solutions. During the same period, Danish economy has grown 80 pct. but have not increased gross energy consumption.

Today green technology is one of Denmark’s biggest exports and Denmark has well-established programs of research and numerous companies with expertise and production capability in the field for sustainable technologies. Additionally, today more than 40 pct. of the Danish energy come from renewable sources such as wind energy (2017).

Then there is the Danish bicycle culture. Denmark is one of the most bike-friendly countries. In Copenhagen 62 pct. of the inhabitants ride their bikes to school or to work every day (2017).

Do you want to know more about Denmark – then visit or read the publication "Denmark in Figures 2019" from Statistics Denmark.