Corrections and comments by a Dane


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A dane here. First of all, I feel a bit offended when you generalize all of us, saying "Danes do not think that throwing trash on the ground is wrong." That hasn't been my experience living here my entire life. There's definitely too many of us that don't care, but it's far from all of us.

Second, and this is just my personal perspective. I ride a bike, sometimes because I think the bus is too cheap, but mostly I actually do it for the excercise and the environment. Maybe this is not what most of your danish sources tell you, but I've known loads of people that do it for the same reasons.
And last, a comment on the re-use at recycling centers. I live just a couple hundred meters from a recycling center and I remember the time when the center outlawed the re-use of people's old stuff (we call it "at klunse"). The reason, at least in this centers case, was that some people would stop others all the way up the driveway to ask them if they could get whatever furniture or small thing they were about to throw out. Eventually, people started complaining that it was almost like harassment that people would ask them for their things before they had even entered the recycling center (A lot of us danes like to keep to ourselves). Just a quick FYI.

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by: Charlie

I understand being a little offended by painting all Danes with a broad brush, yet I talk with Danes everyday and see them on the street and throwing trash on the ground seems like it is No big deal. The common response is that we pay people to clean the streets, so what is the problem. I am giving them work. Yes, that is changing but look around. Where is all the trash coming from and who are those people speaking Danish and throwing their plastic cigarette packaging and hotdog papers on the ground?

As for the "klunsning", I am with you that people should not be harrassed for their stuff, yet it should be allowed to take stuff home that has been left there. I hate throwing things away and have a routine of going to my local genbrug or drop off container to leave things I do not need or want. IT would easier to leave at my local recycling center (3 km away), but than it never gets another chance to be used. Just burned.

As for riding a bicycle versus a bus, I do not understand the comment you do it because the bus is too cheap. There are lots of reasons for riding a bicycle.1. Envrionmentally friendly. 2. Cheaper than public transportation 3. Cars are expensive and a hassle to park. 4. Get around quicker and easier, especially in the city 5. it is FUN.

Most Danes are very good about cycling and always LOVE seeing hordes of cyclists streaming into the city in the morning traffic. Brilliant.

Thanks for your comments and my apologies if you were offended. That is not my intention. My intention is to try to give my impression of living in Denmark as an expat.

vh,
Charlie

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