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SantaBarbara
4/26/2017 02:51 EST

Hey everyone! You have no idea how excited I am. I am finally moving to Denmark, Copenhagen after a few months!!! It was my dream from the childhood. So, I just registered now, because I want to get as much advices as possible. Next week I am planning to go to Copenhagen for my second time. At first, I am planning to explore the city with a Copenhagen tour. Something like this: http://www.baltictours.com/info/tours-in-copenhagen/. I have not decided yet. :) Later, I will go to check my new apartment and finally I will go to get to know the traditions, food and it better. So I thought maybe you can offer some good places to eat, see or visit? I would be very, very happy!

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GeorgiaPeach
4/26/2017 13:36 EST

Don't move. Worst country ever and the people are not friendly at all. They don't socialize and if you don't speak Danish, you are basically left out of every social conversation going on around you. It's like a Viking Clan thing, they are also EXTREMELY ARROGANT, they don't let you into their established circles and they judge you while they are smiling at your face. I hope you have a job, because companies would rather hire a Dane (even though you are both equally qualified) rather than employ a foreigner to keep the Dane off of the social system, that by the way is funded by a 65% tax payout of residents (as well as you pay tax on everything you buy, including special taxes called "Sugar Tax", god forbid a Dane eat candy and not pay extra for it). The weather is awful all year round, seriously, if you have three days in the summer that are 75 degrees F you are REALLY lucky. Not sure what made Denmark your child hood dream country to live in, but there are many other countries I would look into before moving there.
I am an American that made the HUGE mistake of moving to Denmark and marrying one of their psychopath Vikings (which I am now divorcing in the US, think he married me to try and get a green card here, trying to get his abusive rear-end kicked out of the US as I type this) and have regretted every bit of that decision. If you have a new exciting job that is awating you in Copenhagen, good for you, but do not think your transition will be smooth, their immigration process is EXTREMELY HARD and the USA should actually take note on some of their immigration practices and how they limit things coming into their small country. Sorry to be negative, but you should be aware of all aspects. Denmark is not a warm place in many ways and it is a great struggle to establish yourself, on top of all that the Dane's do not make it any easier on an immigrant, AT ALL. WORST COUNTRY EVER!!!!

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defawlt
5/11/2017 17:39 EST

Good Luck! I can only speak from my own personal experience, so take it with a grain of salt. I think a lot depends on your personality and your situation. In the fashion of reviews, I imagine most people are going to respond because they really love it or really hate it.

I'm from the US. Originally Virgnia, but I have lived in Atlanta, Seattle, and spent the last 15 years living in NY. I still have a rent stabilized apartment in Brooklyn that I sublet. I loved NY 15 years ago, but it's not my place anymore. My GF and I moved about 2 months ago and it's crazy but were excited. We also had a company move us (LEGO), we're in the Vejle area and everything has been great so far. And all of the Danes we've met, including strangers have been great and super welcoming.

Pointers
• we're the kind of people who laugh at ourselves a lot, that tends to go over pretty well with everyone we meet.
• We also budgeted enough to do a lot of traveling during the crappy weather months, to hopefully offset some of the crappy weather.

That said, you hear of things that are going to be frustrating, and everyday has it's challenges. "It's not the US". For better or worse. There are a LOT of things to love over here, and a lot of things to miss. I mean, personally, the US has a lot of issues right now.

• People here do not act like Americans (although i compare it Bostonites).
• Coming from NY sticker shock wasn't a problem.
• PC is not a thing here. Which for me, is refreshing. That said, as a people, it's super progressive (recycling is bigger than Chrisitianity)

I think if you're just rolling with it and going in flexible, your'e going to have a great adventure. The US isn't going anywhere. (welllllll..... maybe)

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johansson
7/2/2017 11:58 EST

Hi! Have you moved to Copenhagen ? If so, I hope you´re having a good stay. Even me I wish to share my experience of 2 and half (wasted) years of my life spent working and living there..

On the premises that weather there basically sucks, such as in many other north-european countries.. I just want to focus a bit on danish people and their mentality, as I believe it worths to say a few words.

I overall agree with GeorgiaPeach. Denmark is basically a country that "you like or you don´t lke", "you´re fit or unfit" without compromises, If you´re unfit, better for you to go somewhere else, because nobody will come to you to suit your needs.
Let´s see more specifically..

first of all: the Danish language. Many foreigners believe they can move and live in Denmark (but it´s the same for Sweden and Norway) speaking only English. don´t do that mistake! English in Denmark you can use just for surviving. Till you don´t become at least a good danish-speaker you will always be an outsider, which may be anyway. Learning the Danish it´s hard.. I´ve read that it´s considered in the list of the 20 most difficult languages in the world.

second: behaviours and mentality of people. I had been watching their way of living so many times.. trying to understand what kind of people they really are.. sometimes also happened to talk with a native of them (in English) about these things. My conclusion was basically that I am totally different from them. Therefore, as I realized that I would have never be able - nor willing- to "become a danish", I tried to do whatever I could to get out from there. My judgement is therefore affected by the negative experience. However, I can say something that is basically known between everyone who have lived in Denmark (and In Scandinavia overall): Danes are officially the most happy people in the world, but probably even the most narrow-minded. Their strenght is based on a high level of social coesion and respect for (their) rules. Everyone basically follows the rules and pay the right amount of taxes, and I think this is the best thing they are able to do. So expect to have a good life as much as you become like them..
other aspects: because of this high sense of common sharing between themself, they basically grow up with the same behaviours and mentality and nobody is allowed to feel better than anybody else. This particular feature of Scandinavian countries is even called Jante law.
Therefore, they basically know only one personality and one race: that´s called the Danish !

Even if a didn´t know deeply anyone of them, I found really hard to distinguish a Dane from another one. This is expecially true for the women. I could see 10 danish women talking together in group on a street, and I strove to distiguish one from the other ones, except for their physical shape..
So, my advice basically is: don´t expect anything by anyone. Even if they sometimes might appear helpful, don´t make illusion: nobody cares about you in Denmark, at least you become a Danish.

That was a very short summary. What can I say.. If you´re willing to erase your personality and become a Danish, you´re more than welcome to live in Denmark! :)

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ADODH
7/3/2017 04:39 EST

Hello Johansson,

Very interesting article; you have touched my feeling. I felt very much in the same boat as you have described. It was also very hard for us to break into the Viking Clan. I was living in Aarhus with our family. We have recently decided to return to the Netherlands, where our home is based and we have got our friends and families here. Perhaps this may be of your interest as well. Denmark is very similar to the Netherlands, in many ways, but there are larger international communities and expats.

Kind regards,

James

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johansson
7/4/2017 15:44 EST

yes.. but I was thinking that maybe we should move this comments in another topic. SantaBarbara was just asking advices about good places to eat, see or visit in Copenhagen ;)

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regnatarajan
7/14/2017 04:58 EST

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8/30/2017 09:39 EST

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