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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Feast on Nordic Cuisine in Copenhagen


4. Insider’s Tip

Danes toast each other by saying "skål," an old Scandinavian tradition.   

Danes drink akvavit—a Scandinavian liquor—and beer at most social occasions, so get their elaborate toasting ritual straight: Raise your glass; make eye contact with those around; say “skål” (pronounced “skull,” the equivalent of “cheers”); let your host sip first, then you sip; and finally, lock eyes once more before setting down your glass. The tradition dates back to the Vikings, when warriors would dine opposite their enemies and make eye contact to anticipate danger.

Published on Jun 24, 2010 as a web exclusive.

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