How to Work in Denmark: Tips on finding a job, succeeding at work, and understanding your Danish boss

· KXMGroup
4 reviews

About this ebook

Denmark's workplace culture can be quirky. Your Danish boss seems open, accessible, and eager to avoid hierarchical, boss-like behavior - but she may also offer friendly suggestions that are actually orders. The unspoken "Jantelov" mandating modesty and equality makes it tricky to celebrate successes, and bad taste to compete with your colleagues. This book will offer insights into Danish workplace culture and tips on successfully working in Denmark.

This is the 2018 original version. A new version with three additional chapters was published in 2022.

Ratings and reviews

4 reviews
Nicolas Prieto
October 7, 2019
Really good tips!

About the author

Kay Xander Mellish is a writer and keynote speaker on Scandinavian business culture.

A native of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Kay studied journalism and art history at New York University. She worked for several US Fortune 500 companies including units of Disney, News Corp., and Time-Warner before moving to Denmark, where she was employed by Carlsberg and Danske Bank. 

This is Kay’s third book. How to Work in Denmark: Tips on Succeeding at Work and Understanding Your Danish Boss has been ordered in bulk by several large Danish companies for distribution to their newly-arrived international specialists. 

Kay’s first book, How to Live in Denmark: An entertaining guide for newcomers and their Danish friends, was based on her long-running podcast and is for sale at Denmark’s National Museum, the Danish Parliament at Christiansborg Palace, and Hamlet’s Castle in Helsingør. It is also available in Arabic and Chinese.

Her second book, Top 35 Mistakes Danes Make in English, was a bestseller.

Kay is also the author of Working with Danes: Tips for Americans and Working with Americans:Tips for Danes, available in print format as a fun flip book.

You can bulk order copies of those books or this book (including special versions with your corporate logo) or book Kay for a virtual presentation or an in-person presentation in Denmark or the US at

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