Oh to be Danish!…and live in America!
I seemed to have found a counterpart…a Dane living in the U.S. who is blogging about what he observes about being a Dane in America. Rasmus Rasmussen, not to be mistaken for Niels Nielsen, Hans Hansen or Jens Jensen, recently blogged about “100 Differences” between Denmark and the U.S. Many of these I have realized of course and some I hadn’t really thought about like the following:
“Toilet bowls generally have more water in them in the US.”
“There are no doorknobs to speak of in Denmark only door handles.”
“Danish buildings don’t have fire-escapes on the outside Which is common in the US.”
“In Denmark you never see crutches that go above the elbow.”
While I generally agree with the majority of these, I do think that some of it illustrates the difference in how Danes perceive Americans or American culture. Perhaps it’s just misunderstanding because of things being taken out of context. I believe if I made a similar list, which I actually may, I’m sure it would be biased by my American eyes. One of the things I would add is that in Denmark they have houses made with straw roofs, in America, they don’t.
The list is very old and would definitely look different, if I were to remake it today. In any case, it was meant as nothing but a bit of fun and should not be mistaken for an actual guide to the two countries.