The Americanization of Danish cultureBeing an American in Denmark can be easy: I can watch American shows and sports on TV all day long, listen to American music on the radio or go to the movie theatre and watch American movies. American culture is everywhere. American culture has even crept into the holidays Danes celebrate, like Halloween and Valentine’s Day.
The Americanization of Danish culture does not mean that the Danish culture is withering and fading into the past. I think it shows that Danes are curious and willing to explore other cultures and customs not natively their own. It is this willingness that makes it easy for me to meet people here and to strike up a conversation. I think this willingness to explore other cultures is also an indication of Denmark’s growth from a sleepy little homogenous “old-world” kingdom into a modern, open, progressive and increasingly multi-cultural society.
People often ask me if I miss living in the States. My answer is really quite simple: I get enough daily exposure to American culture right here in Denmark to suit my needs. Sure, I sometimes miss being able to completely immerse myself in American culture, like I would be able to do if I lived there, but I make up for it by taking long vacations with my wife and two little boys "back home."