So you walk into a nightclub in a different country and expect to be served, but then you recall that you don’t speak the language and can’t understand a word of it. You might think that there are still ways to communicate, right? It doesn’t seem like it would matter in Denmark.
On one hand, it makes sense that not being able to communicate with servers and the bartenders would make life a little difficult. ,
One can only mimic the act of drinking a beer or a cocktail so much before the gestures seem a bit silly or even obscene. Plus, without knowing any brand names or how to ask for them, it leaves a huge language barrier that serves to distract and even frustrate the servers and the customer. All in all, not knowing the language can make for a very frustrating night when entering a club.
Denmark has actually devised a policy that will keep immigrants that don’t speak the language out of their nightclubs.
This means that if they don’t speak English, which is fairly universal throughout many countries, Danish, which is a must when in Denmark, or German, they will be shown the door, if they get that far.
The problem of miscommunication, however, is not the only worry that people have when it comes to the language barrier. ,
It would seem that about of sexual assaults against Europeans have been committed by asylum seekers.
This, in turn, has caused the type of paranoia that has allowed three Danish cities to tighten the rules when it comes to entering their public places. The policy that has been implemented allows the clubs to deny entry to any guest that cannot communicate in a reasonable manner with the staff. So if you can’t speak English, Danish, or German you’re kind of out of luck when it comes to finding a nice spot to relax for the evening.
As it turns out this rule isn’t so widely accepted by all Danes as the country is fairly split when it comes to those that would gladly let refugees in and those that would seek to protect their borders.
The government has actually condemned such a policy as they do not wish to discriminate against refugees, particularly those that desire to settle and follow the laws of the land. These incidents in which male refugees have harassed women are fairly rare but are still disturbing when it is discovered that they have been told more than once to stop.
The language barrier in this instance makes this situation rather difficult to call from a level standpoint, which is no doubt why many in Denmark remain divided on the issue.