He was not only concerned with the law, but also with my safety.Such cooperation is rarely experienced in the United States, especially in 22-year-old males.Men here are allowed to openly discuss their emotions without being seen as weak, as evidenced by Michael’s open discussion of his concern for my well-being.

They consider family and safety as their most important values, and failure is regarded as an accident rather than a disaster.

Caring and tender attitudes, as well as expressions of emotions, are not disregarded.

Likewise, conflicts are solved by compromise and negotiation rather than force.

Such qualities characterize Denmark’s broader culture and can be seen quite clearly in everyday life.

When I first arrived in Denmark, I was completely shocked by the way the Danes adhere to traffic laws.

After living in New York for three months, the thought of waiting for a light to turn green before I crossed the street seemed ludicrous.The first time I went out with my Danish roommate, Michael, he got very upset when I jaywalked and made me promise not to do it again while I was in Denmark.In contrast with America’s male-oriented gender bias, Denmark’s high level of male-female equality fosters behavior that transcends the gender barriers set by less egalitarian societies.As a feminine culture, Danes have more flexible gender roles, which allows them to be more relaxed when considering romantic relationships.The absence of pressure to fulfill certain gender-based stereotypes fosters a liberal attitude toward sex, dating, and marriage.Denmark ranks among the most “feminine” societies in the world.