In the 80s in Denmark we mostly played Stratego (by Jumbo games - and later Milton Bradley version) and a game called “Matador” - similar to Monopoly. Of course, chess was popular also.
Later came RISK. Most players I know started playing RISK before Axis & Allies - as did I.
A friend of mine has a game store in Copenhagen - he took it over from his father. Axis & Allies was the most sold strategy game in the early 90s. To this day, the game is still very popular
Since the days back in mid-1940s - where a 2.000 man strong voluntary unit called (translated) Free Corps Denmark fought on the Eastern Front alongside the Germans - there has always been an interest in WWII here in Denmark.
Today our Western Coastline is still littered with German bunkers from WWII - part of The Atlantic Wall. The most famous one is the Tirpitz Bunker (supposed to be housing the naval guns from the battleship), which is now open as a museum.