Honesty and equality are two of the best-known qualities of business people from Denmark. But if you want to build a successful relationship with your Danish supplier, you’ll need to dig into Danish customs and habits. There are a few subtle traits most Danish business people share.
If you want to build a successful relationship with your Danish supplier, you’ll need to dig into Danish customs and habits
Knowing these will help you understand your Danish business partner better, which will lead to a more successful relationship. Read on to find out the five most important things you didn’t know about working with Danish suppliers.
Fear of being indebted
Even if it’s only a symbolic gesture, like inviting them out for coffee, your Danish business partner may feel uncomfortable until they’ve repaid you
Danes don’t like feeling indebted to somebody. Even if it’s only a symbolic gesture, like inviting them out for coffee, your Danish business partner may feel uncomfortable until they’ve repaid you. With this in mind, you can formulate your business offer in a way that suggests equality between all parties. This way, you can make sure that your Danish business partner will be on board without feeling indebted to you.
Strong sense of irony
When your Danish supplier makes an ironic remark, keep in mind that this is part of how they communicate. Don’t take every word at face value, and don’t be offended
Most Danish business people communicate in a very direct and straightforward way. Another defining characteristic of their communication is a self-deprecating humor paired with a strong sense of irony. When your Danish supplier makes an ironic remark, keep in mind that this is part of how they communicate. Don’t take every word at face value, and don’t be offended if this irony is occasionally aimed at you or your business partnership.
Danes share an inherent belief that all people are equal and nobody is better than the rest. This means that talking about personal achievements is very rare. When a Danish business is successful, the manager always highlights the team effort behind the success, and never individuals. Don’t be mistaken: your suppliers know very well how much they’ve achieved, they just don’t like to talk about it.
There’s nothing wrong with being proud of your business and your successes, but focusing on your team instead of yourself will gain you a lot of trust and respect from your Danish business partners.
Caring for others
In Denmark, a social and environmental consciousness is present in everyday business life. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and combating climate change are on the minds of most Danish businesses.
Fun fact: did you know that in Denmark there are twice as many bicycles than cars? It’s highly likely that your supplier bikes to work every day, thus helping to diminish the emission of greenhouse gases. Make sure to mention how your business contributes to CSR and protecting the environment. Whether it’s developing a new environmentally friendly tech solution or simply separating your recycling, everything counts. Your Danish business partner will appreciate your efforts.
A love for simple solutions
Danish business people like innovative and simple solutions to everyday problems. Impress your supplier by offering to pay them through Veem. A truly innovative payments platform, Veem allows you to send international transfers as easily as sending an email. Our unique multi-rail technology guarantees quick, effective, and secure transfers.