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The Easy Way


The Easy Way

Religion is a very private thing in the Nordic countries and not something you're supposed to tell others about, both because most people aren't religious so it would be considered rude, and also because they're such personal feelings for religious people.

So a sure way to ruin the mood is to wear a T-shirt with a religious message, or any other object that somehow show what religion you belong to, most of all because Nordics will probably be too polite to talk about it (like I said, you're not supposed to talk about religion), so it will be a huge elephant in the room and they will just sit and stare awkwardly at you, afraid they might say something that'll hurt your religious feelings. :XD:

24th March 2012

15 days ago #9130037      


21 days ago #9126268      

As a Dane, I would say that a method 2 would be to hug them one of them, when you both are strangers to each other.


26 M
22 days ago #9124973      

Humm, do such many people in Europe and especially in Scandinavia give a fuck to what person wears? Surprised a lot. But it might be strange to me as I was born in USSR, that was officially atheistic, then I grew up through the total mess of religious, mystic and phylosophic and political propaganda in 1990s, when every organisation tried to get as much supporters (financial first of all) as it could.
So today in Russia it generally doesn`t matter what`s your religion and whether you have any or not - until they want to beat you. Then it would suddenly become extremely imortant

1 month ago #9117698      

@kaspersnacho you're most certainly not weird, I know exactly what you mean :D When I imagine hearing it spoken out loud, it's always said in my sister's voice and makes me think of christmas, hot tea, apple cake and people gathered around the table with smiles on their faces. It's a real feel-good word ^_^


19 F
1 month ago #9117670      

I really want to see a way number 2.

1 month ago #9117045      


'hyggeligt' - still one of my most favorite Danish words, because when I read, say, or hear it that just makes me feel good for some reason (maybe I'm weird?). I think hearing it makes explaining (even if it can't be translated exactly) it a lot easier, so for all yous wondering:

Anyway, thanks for that. Wasn't expecting to come across that and reading it improved my mood a bit. Cheers!

1 month ago #9115499      

As a Dane I have to agree that while we will not comment on the t-shirt or such, some will find it a bit intrusive. As it's been pointed out over and over again, we're rather uncomfortable with religious professing. Even if you're not saying anything, the wording on the shirt will have that certain feel to it, as if we're being fed religious propaganda - even if it's meant in the nicest way possible.

Denmark may be a Christian country, where most are baptised and such but that's mainly because that's what you do, it's a tradition. Almost every 'Christian' Dane I know celebrates Christmas where we sing the hymns about baby Jesus and God but it is as far removed from a Christian thing as it can be. It's a feast, a gathering, a tradition from the old times that has to do with being with family and friends, celebrating our good fortunes and having lots of food in good company. Some of us will even go to church simply because it's ... 'hyggeligt'. A word hard to translate but it is the sum of the sentiment of words such as enjoyable, agreeable, cosy, pleasant and general feel-good. Christmas with us is as far from religious as it can be, hard as that may be to believe.

I don't think people understand what I mean until they experience it first hand. The Nordic Christmas - or at least the Danish one - is so un-religious that even some Muslims in Denmark take to celebrating it. What I mean is, they will bring a tree into the house on that day, give their children presents and eat Risalamande like the rest of us supposedly Christian Danes. Because that's what we do on Christmas Eve.

Even the name has nothing to do with Christianity. We don't call it Christmas, we call it 'Jul', like the English 'Yule', which (and I quote Wikipedia on this), " is a Pagan religious festival observed by the historical North Germanic peoples (Scandinavians), later being absorbed into and equated with the Christian festival of Christmas".


17 F
1 month ago #9112035      

More methods!

1 month ago #9109099      

Oh god xD

2 months ago #9102358      

Too true xD Nothing can make us more uncomfortable than speaking of religion

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