On May Day you can join the crowds in Fælledparken, one of central Copenhagen’s biggest parks, for a day of ice cream, concerts, speeches and solidarity. But you don’t have to get political if you don’t want to.
May 1st is when Danes celebrate International Workers’ Day, with citizens coming out in their hundreds to celebrate solidarity. The idea of solidarity is an important concept in Danish society, and the May 1st celebrations are a fine way to get an insight into an interesting aspect of the Danish psyche.
It’s easy enough to check out the event as a spectator, and if you do, the marches, red flags and songs are likely to be unlike any public holiday you’ve seen before.
Denmark’s down-to-earth approach to unions and workers’ rights means that May 1st will be just as much about the concerts and food stands as it about the storming political speeches.