What is the culture in Denmark?

Denmark is culturally (as well as in other regards) part of Scandinavia whose culture in terms of religion, traditions etc. was starting to separate out of a bigger Germanic common culture in the 5th century. Since then Scandinavian culture has been distinct by RELATIVELY low level of authority-distance within the social groups. In popular literature this is often exemplified by the viking raids of the 8th to 11th century that allegedly some times could be carried out by almost self-organising groups with the leadership of a lord or king. As part of the Northern European revolt against the Catholic ecclesiastical hierarchy all of Scandinavia became Lutheran protestant. In this religious denomination one does not recognise the religious authority of the Pope, the bishops or the priest - in principle there is nobody between the ordinary human being and God himself. In the 17th and 18th century, travellers have described the peasant populations of both Denmark and Sweden as relatively educated and independent indicating that the lower classes were RELATIVELY less impoverished and subdued than in most European countries. All of this seem to point to an historical root to the egalitarian society that eventually materialised in the Scandinavian welfare states in the mid 20th century (although they were realised by the Social-democratic parties/movements, which were not a Scandinavian invention, but a direct import from Germany).

Among the Scandinavian countries Denmark is usually described as having a more laid-back and informal culture, but the differences within Scandinavia is probably much smaller than between Scandinavia and the rest of the world (not including Holland and the Northern most part of Germany, which have comparable cultures.