Denmark has a higher percentage of women in the workforce than almost any other country and women work in most disciplines and attain high rank within organisations.

The excellence of the provision of day-care facilities, coupled with generous (in comparison with many other countries) maternity and paternity rights make it easier for working couples to combine careers and family life.

Danes have traditionally tended to work their contractual hours (going home at five o’clock) and although this has caused frustration with colleagues in other countries, it has undoubtedly been helpful in advancing full female participation in the workforce.

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

Written and Produced by Keith Warburton

Free Download


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