posted Holiday Events & Expat Gatherings in Denmark
on the Denmark forum on December 04, 2013:
Hello! My boyfriend and I are seriously thinking of moving to Denmark. We have known eachother for 4 years, and I currently have sole custody of my 3 month old baby out here. Him and i do not have kids together, But he is a big part of my sons life. My boyfriend has family in Denmark, And my boyfriend also knows some Danish as well. What we are curious on is a few things. What will we need to bring, Are we legally allowed to marry when we get there if we are from the US, without shipping our car (going without) what would the cost be about to move? Im sorry for the long post. But we are curious about starting a new life. I know it is not the same as here. We know what to expect (: and we are excited. Just want advise as well from others who moved from the US to denmark. We would like to make Denmark our permanent home
agree with Georgia Peach, this place will eat you alive. If you don't speak Danish you will be alone and unemployed and broke.
You should seriously reconsider. I am a US Citizen that fell in love with a Dane, moved to Denmark, married in Denmark and now my Danish husband and I live back in the US and are much happier than when we were in Denmark. Your living costs will triple, your child will have to absolutly learn Danish in order to socialize and survive in society. Good luck getting your residency card, mine took over 7 months AFTER I was married and even then I almost got kicked out of the country due to an error on Immigrations part. Danes only want Danes to live in their country, they like you to visit and spend lots of US dollars, but after that you can go home. You will get no benefits from the social system and that is if you get your residency permit before your 3 month passport visa is up. Don't even bother with your car, the taxes you would have to pay are way more than what the vehicle is worth I can tell you that. You think you know what to expect, but you really don't. You would be able to marry in Copenhagen, but it will be difficult. Bring every piece of paper work from the day you were born, your first report card, your first love letter you ever received, your first F you received on a report...you get my jist. Serioulsy re-think this. Good luck finding a job, as well. You don't speak Danish and they don't want to hire non-Danes! Don't mean to discourage you, but you wanted input, so there you have it.
replied to the thread A new life in Denmark
on the Denmark forum:
We are an older, married gay male couple currently living in the USA, one with three college degrees in classical music and performance, the other a high school graduate, both with an extensive background in the retail industry. What can we do to make this dream a reality?
All answers are right, what on Earth do you want to do in Dk.
I'm a citizen and have spend most of my life here except a few wonderful years in the USA.
Only thing I disagree on is Immigration, if you are not from an so called undeveloped country, try getting a visa to the USA!
If you still intend to settle here we (my wife and I) will gladly help you with questions. But again RECONSIDER!
I would be very very careful on moving here. On the surface it is a tolerant looking country but fitting in and looking the same is very important. Personally, I would look for more liberating countries with more open views. Denmark is for the Danes and the also generally think down of everything not Danish and the rest of the world is just wrong, so this actually underlies the Danish culture.
In all honestly, look elsewhere. You will on a whole have a lower standard of living, live among people who are very intolerant to anything not Danish approved and constantly be reminded why you are lucky to live here. . .
replied to the thread How confusing!
on the Denmark forum:
Hi, I am a 24 year old English woman wanting to move to Denmark and i am finding it all so confusing!
you can get a job without a CPR number as long as you have a tax code but you cannot open a bank account without a CPR.
You can get an apartment without a CPR by just using your passport but you can not set up your utilities without a CPR and you cannot get a CPR without a danish address?
Does anyone have any idea how this works? Am I supposed to live like a cave man in my apartment with no utilities until my CPR comes through??
Also I have many more questions if anyone is willing to help.
Basically your foreign and they don't want you. The model here is for Danes this is a way to ensure non-Danes find it difficult to get in!
Why on earth would you want to move to Denmark? I cant wait to finish my contract here and live in a place that is only second to North Korea in its thinking!