The Kvajebajer, or “failure beer”

And what it says about Danish working culture

It’s hard to understand the Danish style of working without understand the kvajebajer. This is a word that translates roughly to “failure beer.”

It dates all the way back to the Vikings, those seafaring people who lived in Scandinavia from the 9th to 11th centuries.

A failure beer is something you provide to all your colleagues when they’ve just seen you make a foolish or avoidable mistake.