Visitors score Denmark poorly on price and friendliness. It is furthermore ranked as one of the least welcoming countries to foreigners. But is the country as expensive and rude as the surveys suggest?
In Norway we have a slogan: It is wonderful to be Norwegian in Denmark. We visit our neighbor country every year. Shopping, relaxing, eating and drinking well. I do not know one Norwegian that dislike visiting Denmark. However, maybe it is different to visit being a Norwegian, that coming from a country outside Scandinavia. At least, several surveys made suggest so.
Firstly, most visitors complain about the price. However, for Norwegians, Denmark is not expensive. It is cheap. We travel there to buy meat, alcohol, and candies, as it is much cheaper than in our own country. I understand that people coming from other and cheaper countries find Denmark expensive. However, price is not everything. For example Switzerland is more expensive than Denmark, but is ranked as number one of having pleased visitors in the same report made by World Economic Forum. So that is when we come to the second reasons why Denmark is not an attractive tourist destination: Friendliness.
Tourists do not rank the Danish to be friendly. Moreover, Denmark is ranked by WEF as being one of the least welcoming countries in the world. While the surrounding countries are ranked as much more welcoming.
That being said, in general Norwegians see Danish as very welcoming and friendly. I cannot count all the times I have heard Norwegians said that they just love Danish people. However, as we almost talk the same language, seeing each other to be the same people, they might treat us differently than foreigners from other parts of the world. I do not know. But maybe we are treated better than a Japanese visiting?
However, other countries that are ranked poorly on being welcoming, are countries that I personally consider very welcoming. For example India. When visiting the country, people invited me in to stay with them for free in their homes, they gave me food, presents, and paid my transport. If that is not being welcoming, I do not know what being welcoming means. The same apply for Nigeria and Bolivia, which are ranked very badly.
So, can we trust these surveys? I believe that considering locals of a country welcoming or not, is all down to personal experience. People all over the world will be rude to you if you do not respect them, their culture or their language. Furthermore, if you are friendly to people, they will generally be friendly to you, regardless of where you find yourself in the world.
Have you ever visited Denmark, do you find the locals polite or rude?
Which countries have after your opinion the friendliest and rudest locals in the world?