Danish Dress Code

Dress code is somewhat informal in Denmark in comparison with other more formal cultures such as Japan.

Danes tend to wear smart-casual clothes with the men often wearing sports jackets and trousers. Ties seem to be optional. Pastel colours are often worn. Women will often wear trousers at work (especially in the winter) and again may appear to be less formal than in certain other countries.

Certain sectors (banking, the law etc.) may still dress slightly more formally, so it might be an idea to check in advance with local contacts.

As a Scandinavian country, Denmark can be exceptionally cold in the winter and overcoats, gloves and hats are essential. It is often a good idea to wear several layers of clothing, as offices are often extremely warm, no matter how cold it might be outside. Almost everywhere is near the sea so it rains quite often – take an umbrella

A brief overview of some key concepts to consider when doing business in Denmark

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

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This country profile has been produced to give a short overview of some of the key concepts to bear in mind when doing business with contacts in Denmark. It is intended to be an aid to business people who have commercial dealings with counterparties in the country but should not be seen as an exhaustive guide to this topic or as a substitute for more substantial research should there be a need.

With this in mind, we have covered the areas which are key to a better understanding of the cultural mindset underpinning business dealings in Denmark and which are, quite often, extremely different from the approach and thought processes associated with business in other parts of the world.

Therefore this briefing note is broken into short, bite-sized sections on the following topics:

  • Background to business
  • Business Structures
  • Management style
  • Meetings
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Women in business
  • Entertaining
  • Top tips