Danes, the most trusting people: UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL CLUB (UIC) event, Aarhus University

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Gert Tinggaard Svendsen - Lecturer

UIC invitation to Wednesday 2 November at 2 pm Danes, the most Trusting People
– a chance to learn more about the Danes’ way of thinking and acting
by professor Gert Tinggaard Svendsen, AU Dept. Political Science and Government
Many times while touring the Danish countryside, foreigners are amused by the sight of unmanned stalls with fresh picked strawberries and crisp asparagus. They are even more surprised to see next to them a small payment box—with extra money for change—which the stall owner will collect in the evening with all of the earnings. In other places of the world, the strawberries, asparagus and money would undoubtedly have disappeared. Not in Denmark; when it comes to trust the Danes are World Champions. In Denmark, this is evident by the trust in public authorities and law enforcement agencies. What is even more, it is not a rare occurrence to leave our babies in unwatched prams outside of the shops with no worries or concerns. At first glance, this Danish trust may seem silly and naïve. However, from a social perspective it is a great asset. The fact that we are so trustful may contribute to an overall social coherence, a stronger economy and more happiness.  All are invited to benefit from this interesting seminar on the Danes’ way of thinking and acting.

Location: DTM Building, Conference Room 1, Høegh-Guldbergs Gade 4, AU Campus 8000 Aarhus C.
2 Nov 2016

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