Networking in Denmark: 5 useful tips for making Danish business contacts
By Kay Xander Mellish
Networking in Denmark is tough, even for Danes. This is a culture where it’s considered bad manners to talk to someone you don’t know, unless you’re drunk, in which case all bets are off. That said, most jobs in Denmark are found via networks. Somebody mentions on their LinkedIn profile that they’re looking for a new team member and the cv’s from friends of friends and old classmates start flowing in. And since “fitting in” is such an important part of the Danish work culture, someone from the network is more likely to seem like a known quantity when it comes to being a “good fit.” “Flexicurity” means you can be laid off at any time So what does this mean to you as a foreigner? It means you’re going to have to figure out how to network in Denmark. And you can’t stop once you already have a job. The famous “flexicurity” economic system in Denmark means it’s very easy for an employer to get rid of you, and then you’ll be back in the job market again.