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Australia’s got sharks, Canada is grizzly ground, Iceland has volcanoes. But what is farlig [farlee] (dangerous) in Danmark?
Lots of people enjoy a bit of spænding i tilværelsen (excitement in ”the being” = in life). If we as mennesker (humans) didn’t appreciate a good kick, I guess we wouldn’t springe ud i faldskærm (”jump out” in a parachute) or bestige bjerge (climb mountains) for fun. What do Danes do to keep their adrenalin levels above zero?
Life in Denmark is very orderly and I’ve heard foreigners call the country something like ”pretty but boring” (no names revealed!) In fact, the word tryghedsnarkomaner (safety junkies) was once coined by a poet – Vita Andersen – to describe the Danes and their struggle to control anything that threatens the fred og ro (peace and quiet). Here are just two examples of how fare (danger) and kaos are avoided in Denmark:
So, på den ene side (on the one ”side” = hand) life is really safe and comfy in Denmark, which makes it really børnevenlig (”kids-friendly”). You’ve got cykelstier (bike lanes), lots of cykelhjelme (bike helmets), lots of social security – and no peaks, no earthquakes, no tigers outside of the zoo. På den anden side (on the other hand), Danes are travelling all around the world to watch sharks and grizzlies and volcanoes! 🙂
If you’re in Denmark and miss that special hjertebanken (beating of the heart) that makes you thankful being alive, you could perhaps try to get lost in a Danish forest in November, maybe during a real vinterstorm (winter storm) with væltende træer (falling trees) and lynnedslag (lightning strikes). 🙂
Well, no, just go on a skovtur (forest trip) and keep quiet… If you’re lucky, you just might meet one of those ulve (wolves) that recently have returned to Denmark! Even if they’re not really dangerous (you are to them!), don’t you think their being there makes Denmark just a little bit less kedelig (boring) and a little bit more spændende (exciting)?