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The Danes are a bit funny about religion.
We're smack in the middle of "påskeferie," or Easter vacation, so I figured I'd take the time to discuss my impression of the Danish relationship with Christianity.
In the US, various forms of Christians make up the majority of the religions folk. The same is true here in Denmark, where the state religion is Lutheran. Nearly 80% of Danes count themselves among the Lutherans in the Church of Denmark. The Danes themselves, however, are not especially religious. Those that are will often state proudly how they go to church. Once a year, for Christmas.
Now, I'm not a religious person. Once a year is more than I normally go. Then again, my own religions background is a bit of a hodgepodge including Catholicism, Judaism, Unitarianism, and a stint in high school when I decided I wanted to be a witch.
The Danes get funny about religion when it comes to their perceptions about how the rest of the Christian world handles their religious life. A month or so ago, we were discussing the Danish tradition of "fastelavn," which is the Danish version of Mardi Gras or Carnivale. Our teacher discussed how, "back in the olden day," fastelavn was the big party before a (gasp) 40-day period of occasional fasting! But no one would do something as crazy as that these days, right? Truly, she didn't seem to associate the holiday with anything that might be going on in other countries today and didn't seem at all aware of Lent.
As I said, I'm not a religious person. And I have no issues with the level of religious life in Denmark. I do, however, think that the Danes occasionally have a habit of assuming that the way things are done here are the norm.
As far as I can tell, though, as far as religion goes...
There is no "norm."