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Dave63 replied to the thread Relocation taxes on the Denmark forum:
lookingforinfo initially posted:
Hi, I recently moved to Denmark and my employer agreed to pay for my relocation expenses, however, I've now been informed that relocation expenses are taxable and I am only reimbursed at the after-tax amount (i.e my expenses were $20, my employer agrees to reimburse me $20, however after tax, I only receive $10). Is this normal?
Dave63 replied on July 21, 2014 with:
I have just checked my contract and it does appear that the repayment is taxable but I should not be out of pocket after tax.
Dave63 replied on July 20, 2014 with:
Is this taxable? If so, would a company normally pay a higher amount so the after tax payment is equivalent to the costs incurred?
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DublinM posted Jobs abroad for Danish speakers on the Denmark forum on July 17, 2014:
Do you speak Danish and want to work abroad? There are plenty of jobs for Danish specialists abroad - in Ireland, in Great Britain, in Germany or more - check our free service here
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hhamwv replied to the thread Car for Sale on the Denmark forum:
hhamwv initially posted:
Like-new very economical 2010 Citroen C1 for sale. Original owner, only 28K km, complete maintenance at dealer. Includes separate set of almost new snow tires mounted on wheels for winter use. Available on or about Aug. 1st / negotiable as we are leaving Denmark. Located in Frederikshavn, can drive anywhere in DK to deliver. Payment in either Danish Kr in Denmark or US dollar in U.S. Contact me at:
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Meloney1 posted Is it safe to move to Sweden? on the Denmark forum on July 08, 2014:
We were considering spending a few years of our retirement in Stockholm, but the news reports here indicate that there are cultural riots in Sweden, and they had even shown cars and buildings burning. Is it safe to live in Stockholm? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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Meloney1 posted Is it safe to move to Sweden? on the Denmark forum on July 08, 2014:
We were considering spending a few years of our retirement in Stockholm, but the news reports here indicate that there are cultural riots in Sweden, and they had even shown cars and buildings burning. Is it safe to live in Stockholm? Any information would be greatly appreciated.
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Scientist77 posted Flat hunting in Copenhagen on the Denmark forum:
Hello there, I am sure this question has been asked many times before but I am trying to find a one bedroom apartment in Copenhagen. I have just found out I have a new job at the University of Copenhagen and start 1st September. Thankfully only moving from the UK, so not too far to travel, but am finding it hard to get a handle on the expected costs of a one bed flat and finding one!! Any and all help/info is greatly appreciated!! Thanks Yvonne
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Quickbooks replied to the thread Buying a property in Denmark with no Deposit on the Denmark forum:
bunggle initially posted:
Is it possible to somehow borrow 100% of the value of a property? I moved with my family to Denmark last August. I have a good salary, but no money saved to put down a deposit on a house. However, I think it would be much cheaper for us to buy rather than rent, and of course, we get more freedom to do what we want with the property this way. I'm British and working full time, with a permanent job here in Denmark, my wife is Finnish - currently not working.
Quickbooks replied most recently with:
Yes, it is the same anywhere. Housing is a risk and you have to be a smart business person. The same rules are going to apply in Denmark or USA. 1) If the economy slumps, you are going to lose your equity in the house. Maybe even be foreclosed and lose your credit rating. 2) If the economy grows you may make a profit and sell quickly. Just like in the USA, there are pros and cons on short term home ownership. Con: You are going to burn cash on the transaction fees of buying and selling. You are stuck if suddenly the earth moves and your wall cracks and major repairs are needed. Boiler fails? You fixxxx$$$$ it. Pros: interest rates are rock bottom. Property values are still on the low side. Property values are climbing in the metro area. Better probability you can "flip" the house in a few years for a profit. If you know for a fact you are leaving in a few years, or are willing to commit to moving again in a few years, then get an "interest only" loan, and your monthly payment will be dirt cheap. If you are not planning to move in a few years, the risk of interest only is the rates go up, and you have no choice but to make changes in your housing. Pro: mortgage interest is tax deductible, and if you reach the 50% top tax bracket, that is a big deal. In the first few years of home ownership, the monthly payment is nearly all interest. I say: buy the smallest house you can live with, go interest only, and start saving cash. Also, make sure the house is in a location and of a style that has wide appeal and will be easy to sell in three years. Don't buy any unique, odd ball properties. Long term residence is not an assurance of money back in housing. There are lots of old ladies in Detroit whose homes are now worthless, burned out open lots. Consider a town house? Q: What are the three most important decisions in real estate? A: "Location, location, and location"
aero01 replied most recently with:
As with the purchase of any house that is a major investment, you should be very certain that you want to stay where you are for at least five years, meaning in Denmark. Are you all feeling settled in and happy with your move to this country? It is known to be rather inhospitable to foreigners, though slightly less so to other Scandinavians and europeans. Still, unless you understand what you are getting into, be careful. The law in Denmark, for example, is very different than in the UK. Completely different systems and this is not only relating to real estate but family law etc. I know someone who has been working in the country for several years and she found it very difficult to sell the house she bought - but her experience in DK has caused her to decide to leave the country with her British fiance once his half-Danish children are grown. Just be careful. Look before you leap.
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petervo44 replied to the thread Returning to Denmark at age 84 on the Denmark forum:
kjeldskov initially posted:
My mom, a Danish citizen living in Florida and 84 years old, just had a serious stroke. She wants to return home to Denmark. Will the health care system there cover her rehabilitation and long term care? Kim
petervo44 replied most recently with:
Yes but! e-mail me:
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Hey everyone, It appears that the rules about getting a Danish drivers lience when you are outside of the EU have recently changed. Previously it was if you were from these 'Group 1' countries: Australian Capital Territory Brazil Japan Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) The Republic of Korea (South Korea) Russia Ukraine or Switzerland That you just needed to pay 280DKK to have your foreign drivers license exchanged into a Danish one. This was especially annoying to people from: Australia (the Australian Capital Territory is a tiny state inside Australia, however the rest of the country was excluded). America, Canada and New Zealand. So now they have something they call 'Group 2': "If your driving licence was issued in a country, a federal state, etc. where road safety standards are comparable with Danish standards, you may have your driving licence exchanged without a driving test to check your skills if the country, etc. in question is entered on a list of countries comprised by this scheme (Group 2 countries). Entry on the list is made after application has been filed by the country, etc. in question." Link here: This has bee updated on the Danish Police website and the Danish Ministry of Justice Website. So it looks offical. The only 'issue' is that they state that the countries that are apart of the 'Group 2' will be published on the Police and Ministry of Justice websites, but they dont appear to be done at this point in time. And reading this further it looks like the countries mission/ consulate/ embassy needs to apply to have their respective countries considered to be on the 'Group 2' list. Has anyone had any experience so far in getting a foreign drivers licence exchanged for a Danish one under the new 'Group 2' rules. It would be especially great if you are from Australia, as the previous rules of only accepting ACT drivers license and no other states is just plain odd, considering that if you are in Australia you can simply exchange your states drivers license for an ACT one on the spot anyway?
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