Of course we don't picnic in the rain, but we're very much outdoor people. Norwegians and Swedes do a lot of winter sports. They're practically born with a pair of skis on their feet. ;)
You can't ski in Denmark, but soccer is a big thing - probably the most popular sport. After that comes...
Best answer: Of course we don't picnic in the rain, but we're very much outdoor people. Norwegians and Swedes do a lot of winter sports. They're practically born with a pair of skis on their feet. ;)
You can't ski in Denmark, but soccer is a big thing - probably the most popular sport. After that comes handball, but that's usually played indoors. We're also into running, biking etc. I have many friends who run half-marathons and marathons on a regular basis - and many who do bicycle racing and mountain biking. Many of us bike to work and most of us have a bicycle. If you're having lunch/dinner with family and friends, it's also very common to go for a walk afterwards.
Sail sports, fishing and surfing are also popular, and I live in the country where most of my neighbours are hunters.
There's a saying in Scandinavia that there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothes. And that also goes for Denmark, where the weather is generally miserable, wind and rain, wind and rain - not so much snow.
Our humour is different than in the U.S. so that could be where the intellect part comes from, as in we might have less low brow humour (it certainly exists, though, just look at "Klovn"). E.g. there's a lot of U.S. humour that I dont' find funny at all (and a lot that I do), and we definitely have more dark humour, but otherwise I wouldn't say that we're more into the high arts than in the U.S. - at least as far as I know. Some people are, some aren't.
Denmark in general is a country of hobbies, though. I'm a teacher in an organization where we offer various classes for the general public. Right now the big thing is mental and physical health, so Mindfulness, Pilates, Yoga etc. are popular. Second is lectures on various topics, third probably cooking and language classes, and then comes music, art.
Bottom line is that most people do both. Go for a run, come home to take a shower and curl up with a good book.
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