Danish Teams

The classical Scandinavian characteristics of consensus, loyalty to the community and equality are well-disposed to make Danes good team players.

Thus Danes are good team players – as long as the team accords to their view of how teams should behave. As long as the team is seen as a collection of individuals of similar stature and worth, things will go well. If the team is seen as being constituted of one strong, dominating force who directs everyone else, then problems could arise and Danes might openly voice their displeasure at such an approach.

Therefore, although teams can be made to work extremely effectively in Denmark, it is important that everyone feels of value and is included in the process. It is important that information is widely disseminated and that a ‘need to know’ culture of information sharing is avoided. In fact, cross-departmental information sharing tends to work much more effectively in Denmark than in most other countries.

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

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

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Overview

Denmark is often cited as the ‘happiest’ country in the world. Whether or not this is true (Danes are also high consumers of anti-depressants), Denmark certainly seems to have a lot going for it. As a small country with a tiny population, the country has been able to develop an enviable level of affluence and great standard of living for most of its people. Danes enjoy good levels of social security, universal healthcare plan and a very generous universal pension for which the quid pro quo are high taxes. It would appear that, for the time being at least, Danes are very satisfied with this balanced approach.

What fuels this level of affluence and contentment? How can a small country deliver such great economic results? The answer must be something to do with the Danish approach to business. Denmark has managed to carve out very specific niches for itself across a range of different sectors and at the same time develop a reputation for very high levels of quality. Danes strive for excellence in delivery and on many occasions, they are able to achieve it.

If you have a product or service which really does deliver in terms of quality, then you should consider doing business in Denmark. However, as with all countries, Denmark has its own way of doing things and if you are looking at doing business in Denmark you are best advised to develop an understanding of the key drivers that underpin the Danish approach to business. Danes are happy to adapt their approach to new markets so maybe you should consider adapting your approach when you go to Denmark.

This country profile provides an overview of some of the key aspects of Danish business culture in a concise, easy to follow-format. The document includes information on:

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