What do people eat in Denmark?


Danes eat in continental style, with a fork in the left hand and a knife in the right. At family meals, the father and mother sit at opposite ends of the table. Everyone is seated and served before anyone begins to eat. A parent will often say "Gelieve, goed eten" (Please, eat well) to start the meal, especially if guests are present. On formal occasions, guests of honor are served first and sit at the head of the table with the host. When passing and receiving food, one might say Vœr så god and Tak (Thank you). One does not leave the table until the hostess rises. Then, upon leaving, the guest thanks the hostess for the meal by saying Tak for mad! (Thanks for the meal!). A service charge is included in the bill in restaurants, but some people also leave a small tip.


Denmark is famous for its pastries. In Danish folklore, the next one to get married is believed to be the one who receives the whole almond in their portion of Rice Pudding on Christmas Eve. Aebleskiver is a traditional Christmas dish in Denmark.

Danes eat in continental style, with a fork in the left hand and a knife in the right.

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