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What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?
Name three things that you wish you had brought and three you wish you had left at home.
Nothing comes to mind ... don't both bringing electronics from NA due to different electrical system.
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What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
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What type of housing do you live in? Is this typical for most expats in your area?
Apartment, I bought it and this is only since the rental market is very limited. Most people "own" some form of apartment here or houses in suburbs. The housing market has crashed and so things have loosened up quite a bit but it is still very expensive.
How did you choose your neighborhood and find your home or apartment?
I didn't ... affordable housing is such a problem that I took what I could get.
Are your housing costs higher or lower than they were in your home country? What is the average cost of housing there?
Much higher. The low end of rented apartments is around 1000 USD per month and you do not get much for your money. Most rented apartments, if you can find them, go for between 1500-2000 USD per month.
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Information about healthcare, expat health insurance and hospitals in Denmark.
Expect to live in an apartment and not a home unless you have a very large budget for housing expenses. CIS and Rygaards are the only international schools I would recommend in any way. When setting a budget, double or triple it. And, lastly, rent through a rent manager and NOT directly with a home owner.
An expat living in Copenhagen offers an incredible glimpse of what it's to live there. Although Denmark is very homogeneous, Danish people are open to other cultures. The high cost of living and tight job market can make staying in Copenhagen long-term difficult for many expats.
An expat in Denmark talks about what it's like to move to Copenhagen. Meeting people and making friends isn't easy in Denmark, because Danish people are reserved and take time to get to know. He enjoys the fact that most Danish people are into fitness and healthy eating.
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