In Denmark we use the metric system, because it’s easy to understand, easy to use – simple and logic.
Well, as long as it’s not your mother you ask for help with a certain family recipe. Or ask friends about how much food to bring to a party. Or ask a chef for his secret recipe on a signature dish.
In these situations we not only drop the metric system – we avoid putting any actual numbers into the measurements! Perhaps that’s because the danish number system is ridiculously difficult to learn, but I don’t know that for sure.
It’s like they don’t really want to be helpful, but tells you some unhelpful information just to be polite. Instead of just saying “No, I won’t help you”.
Here’s a list of measurements ordered by size/volume – and open for debate….
- En skvis
- Et skvæt
- Et skvulp
- En smule
- En del
- En hel del
- En hel masse
- En mængde
- En stor mængde
- En enorm mængde
Some of these are local, only used in a dialect in some part of the country. But most are in use all over Denmark.