A New Year, a new country, a new blog. So here it goes.
In a place where my rudimentary language skills start and stop at, "Hej" (hello) and "Tak" (thank you), I am highly appreciative of this first item. Danes seem to have an uncanny knack for intuitive, communicative, helpful, efficient signage. Not having travelled all that extensively through Europe I can't say whether this is more universal to the continent or because of a proximity to Germany but given my brief experiences in England and France I'm going to go out on a limb and say that it's the latter.
Here's one I particuarly like. You see this everywhere as it's the Danish universal sign for an emergency exit. Note that the person is in a full sprint toward the exit, unlike in America where we are advised to walk, don't run to the nearest exit. Also, there isn't any text so no time is wasted trying to use your cell phone to Google Translate the big red letters over the doorway to find out if you're headed for safety or a public sauna. Apparently here in Denmark they'd like everyone to survive in an emergency.
|Run, don't walk to the nearest exit.|
|Not just a commercial gimmick either - saw a few at work parking lots.|
|Pow! Take that sales flyers!|