How long to stay in Denmark before overstaying welcome?

by Kathy

We are planning a trip to Denmark this summer. We were invited by the exchange student we had in our home about 3 years ago. He is now going to a university and his parents live in Jutland. My question is how long to stay? What is considered a polite period of time to stay with them? We have never met his parents and are not sure what is considered an appropriate period of time. We were thinking a total of a week or 10 days since we will be in Copenhagen part of the time. Thanks.


Response: This is a question that is hard to answer. Many Danes are very open to having visitors, while others are very reluctant to have people in their homes. You should ask them what they feel comfortable with. If they have a large home, where you are not all living in close company, a week's stay is not too much to expect, but if they have a small home it could be very complicated. Talk with them is my best advice - there is no set rule that I know of and I would think if someone asked you about someone visiting in the US, you could not give an absolute answer.

To many variables. Also if they are well off and can afford to feed you - Danes will pull out all the stops when it comes to meals and that can get very expensive quickly!

Charlie -www.fyidenmark.com

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