The culture of Denmark-geography, topography, family life, and education
Denmark is located in Northern Europe, borders both the Baltic Sea and the North Sea, on a peninsula north of Germany. Denmark also also includes several major islands-Sjaelland, Fyn, and Bornholm. The weather is very temperate. They have mild, windy winters and cool summers. The topography is rather low and flat, with many gently rolling hills. The nuclear family unit is very important in Danish culture. Children are raised to be independent from an early age. Most are put in day care centers at about 1 years old.
In addition, marriage is not a prerequisite to starting a family. Many couples live together without legalizing the arrangement with marriage. In addition, women are highly respected in business and generally receive equal pay and have access to senior positions. Danish women expect to be treated with respect in the office. Working mothers can easily arrange flexible hours so that they can maintain both a career and a family. One interesting fact about education in Denmark is that it is free. It is required that students go to school for at least nine years. The elementary and lower secondary is comprehensive, which means that children are not divided based on ability or social background. Once a child gets to their secondary education, they can decide for themselves if they want to continue their education.