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7 Ways To Survive The Danish Winter Posted by on Mar 24, 2013 in Daily Life

Sne, sne, sne. Like most of Northern Europe, Denmark has been covered by snow the last many weeks. Everybody is waiting for forår (Spring), yet it seems like the vinter never ends this year…

Yeah, this is Copenhagen…

Here are a few things you can do to survive winter in Denmark:

  1. vinterbade (”winter-bathe”). Go and join ’em ”crazy” vinterbadere (winter bathers)! After a quick swim in the iskold sea, and a chat with your fellow, naked hobbyists in the sauna, I’m sure you’ll fall in love with the cold season…
  2. feste (party). This is what most Danes do. Arrange with your friends to meet at the town’s most hyggelig place. After the first øl you’ll have forgotten there ever was such a thing as snow…
  3. gå i biografen (go to the cinema). Pick a film with a warm, tropical setting, and let yourself drift away…
  4. købe en lysterapilampe (buy a light-therapy lamp). Okay, it doesn’t compare to looking at a real sunrise, but if you spend some minutes in front of your therapy lamp, for example while eating morgenmad (breakfast), I’m sure you’ll have a much brighter smile during the day.
  5. spise fisk og appelsiner (eat fish and oranges). Who needs solar C and D vitamines, when you can get them from your food? Make room for the inner pleasures…
  6. smile. There is a Japanese proverb: ”One smile can warm three winter months.” Admitted, this isn’t the typical Danish solution. Typical Danes prefer at brokke sig (to grumble), and share in each other’s suffering, ’cause it sure is træls (tiresome, laborious, bad) driving through a snestorm (snowstorm)!
  7. stå på ski (go skiing). Even though the Danish ”mountains” are rather humble, there are plenty of hilly terrains where you can go skiing. Just take care you don’t hit an ulv (wolf)…
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About the Author:Bjørn A. Bojesen

I was born in Denmark, but spent large parts of my childhood and study years in Norway. I later returned to Denmark, where I finished my MA in Scandinavian Studies. Having relatives in Sweden as well, I feel very Scandinavian! I enjoy reading and travelling, and sharing stories with you! You’re always welcome to share your thoughts with me and the other readers.