Until that point, Denmark still rather optimistically saw itself as a relatively powerful, multinational commonwealth, despite having regularly lost large parts of its empire since the 1500s. I read this book for free from my local library. I expected to get a gist of the culture and history in Denmark, and I think that for my interests, it was perfect - not too scholarly and in-depth, yet diving further than merely describing superficial statements found in popular media e. It was a moment of huge national trauma. Although, they don't like to admi well. I view the social welfare structure of Denmark, which pays students to go to university and invests in their society to prevent economic inequality, as ideal and desirable, and even my aesthetic tastes are Scandinavian at their core.
It is interesting and essential in understanding why things are quite different there, even compared to a nearby European country. Perhaps my only criticism would be that, in the epilogue, there are some great conclusive statements that would seem more appropriate for a lengthly paper, rather than a short book with fragments of information. Only in Denmark could there be a board game — Konsensus — based around the concept of collaboration. Now her toddler granddaughter was learning only Danish at the state-run daycare and the immigrant had, for the first time, an incentive to learn Danish. That book, I read before moving to Denmark, and still think about regularly. Together, the differing topics of discussion provide a unique commentary on what it is to belong in Denmark, and how the affirmed identity of the Danish people shapes their understanding of the larger world and their place in it.
I expected to get a gist of the culture and history in Denmark, and I think that for my interests, it was perfect - not too scholarly and in-depth, yet diving further than merely describing superficial statements found in popular media e. The Danes, as they say, aren't hippies. It encourages the vast majority of women to go back to work. In fact, the schools hold such a special place in the Danish identity that Else thinks that the very elderly sometimes come here to pass away. Kingsley focuses on education, food, design, the welfare state, immigration, Copenhagen, drama and Jutland. In analysing Danish culture, Kingsley doesn't shy away from looking at the problems in Danish society as well as the wonderful parts.
In Denmark, a well-rounded personality is seen as a key component of this ability to participate, which helps explain the existence of two very Danish institutions that have few overseas equivalents: the continuation school, and the folk high school. First, the state began to be seen as an enabler of freedom — as a social good rather than the authoritarian creature it is considered in many countries, perhaps even in Britain. If this is a private school, why does the government subsidise around 80% of the school fees? Part reportage, part travelogue, How to Be Danish fills in the gaps—an introduction to contemporary Danish culture that spans politics, television, food, architecture, and design. This book was the perfect choice to change that. We wear their sweaters, watch their thrillers, and covet their cool modern design, but how much do we really know about the Danes themselves? Denmark, like its Nordic siblings, is en vogue. There are many criticisms of these nurseries; one common view is that the education they provide is not structured enough. This prompted a national identity crisis, and forced Danes to reassess the values that united them.
The most enlightened was one beautiful spring day while out walking in the local park I sat down to admire the day on a bench. So when the chance to read this book came up, I jumped, figuring this You can read this review and many more at Let's begin by acknowledging that I am Danish. But though we wear their jumpers and watch their thrillers, how much do we really know about the Danes themselves? The author is English and the book compares Denmark to the United Kingdom so as an American reader, a bit was lost in translation. If his focus on Danish television shows seems a bit too much, it builds on the reality that that's where many of his British readers have likely drawn their information on the Danish. They all seemed to say that Danes are content yet not happy. I'm not sure everyone in Denmark will agree with all of his conclusions, but in typical Danish fashion I'm certain there will be lively discussions about any points that are controversial. A while back, Class 2B went on an exchange to a private school in Scotland, which shall remain nameless.
The intent was no less than to transform the inarticulate masses into responsible and articulate citizens in the new democratic society which was slowly taking shape. Intellectual property and labor require compensation. The book is organised in thematic chapters, ranging from food to politics. When I first lived there, I took Danish lessons. In a way, Ingrid Jespersen is not very representative of Denmark at all. If they came here, where you live together and eat together, they would so quickly learn how Danish people think.
On to finding something nice about London! But though we wear their jumpers and watch their thrillers, how much do we really know about the Danes themselves? If you have any interest in reading about Denmark, this is the book to go for! The answer lies in Denmark, the country that has gripped the British imagination more than any other in recent memory. It was an old industrial harbour city that had lost most of its industry to Jutland and China. In greater Copenhagen, there are 1000 kilometers of bike lanes, and you get them all over Denmark. The answer lies in Denmark, the country that has gripped the British imagination more than any other in recent memory. It is funny, interesting and it showed me a country that I can and am very proud to be living in.
They are all related by the country's history, which has been appropriately embed I read this in preparation for university exchange in Copenhagen. In Denmark, a well-rounded personality is seen as a key component of this ability to participate. Totally slaying the reading challenge this year. The relationship between so-called indigenous Danes and those whose families arrived only in the last three decades is often vexed. The Danes think the Swedes their medieval rivals are uptight control freaks.
Kingsley's use of British to Danish reference points may be confusing for non-British readers but if they weren't interested in expanding their horizons, they wouldn't be reading this book. Much of the plot of the first few episodes revolves around what happens one night at a school disco — a disco, slightly disconcertingly, that is rather like this one. This book is a very easy read, so much so that I finished the entire book while waiting for my hair color to set at the salon. And to do that, you need to be enlightened! I enjoyed learning more about the welfare state and the issues with migrants. It's the first book for the young journalist, but it reads like something from a more seasoned writer. That book, I read before moving to Denmark, and still think about regularly.
However, I have never yet been to Denmark, and due to the obvious language barrier, I have very little contact with most of my extended family. Part reportage, part travelogue, 'How to be Danish' fills in the gaps - an intr Denmark is the country of the moment. How to foster integration is a constant source of debate in Denmark — and for her part, Else thinks it could be partly achieved if more so-called New Danes studied at schools like hers. From Lego to What links Sarah Lund and Lars von Trier? Or even Shakespeare and Metallica?. We wear their sweaters, watch their thrillers, and covet their cool modern design, but how much do we really know about the Danes themselves? This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.