Living as a foreigner in Denmark, one of the world's most homogenous countries, isn't always easy. In this podcast Kay Xander Mellish, an American who has lived in Denmark for more than a decade, relates her thoughts about Danish current events, as well as offering tips on how to find someone to talk to and how to find something to eat.
Books about Denmark from the second hand store
I love old books. I love the kind of old books you get at antique bookstores or on the Internet Archive. And I have a good collection of old books about Denmark.
I like old travel guides, most of which are still pretty useful because Denmark doesn’t tear a lot of things down the way they do, in say, Los Angeles or Hong Kong. In Denmark you’ll pretty much fine most castles and monuments right where somebody left them hundreds of years ago.
Practical tips for moving to Denmark
While I’m not an authority on the Danish visa or immigration systems, I’m often asked for practical tips about moving to Denmark.
So here are a few things to think about when you’re packing your suitcases or, if you’re doing a corporate move, packing your shipping container.
Number one, make sure you bring money. Denmark is an expensive place to live where you will own less stuff, but better stuff.
Gender Equality in Denmark
Denmark has had two female prime ministers, and about forty percent of the people elected to the "Folketing", the Danish Parliament, are women. But when it comes to private industry, Danish women have one of the lowest participation rates in management in Europe. According to the OECD, only 26.5% of managers in Denmark are female, compared to 39.8% in the US. Is Denmark's generous maternity leave policy a factor?
Danish beaches in winter
It might seem like a counterintuitive time to talk about beaches, in the middle of a long, very cold winter.
But in these times of COVID, beaches are one of the few places in Denmark you are currently allowed to meet up with family and friends.
Beaches, parks, frozen-over lakes: these are the big social meeting points at time when cafés, restaurants, bars, shops, gyms, schools, theaters, museums, places of worship, and hairdressers, barbers, and nail salons are all closed.
Driving in Denmark
It’s frequently said about Denmark that it’s not a car country. You hear a lot of well-meaning internationals say that in Denmark you don’t need a car that you can bicycle everywhere you want to go.
That is true in the big cities - I don’t own a car myself. But most of my Copenhagen neighbors do. And cars are pretty much a necessity in the countryside. There are now 2.5 million cars in use in Denmark, roughly one for every other resident over age 18.
Dining in Denmark: From crispy fried pork to flower juice with champagne
When visiting Denmark, you’ll be offered Danish food, and expressing enthusiasm for it will go a long way towards generating harmony with your Danish friends.
If you’re a carnivore, don’t miss the Danish pork dishes, particularly "flæskesteg". That’s a crispy, fatty fried pork that’s the official national food.
For people who prefer fish, there’s a great selection in this country surrounded by water.
Vegans can enjoy root vegetables or sweet elderflower juice blended with champagne.
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You are right in all comments. Very funny observations. I hear several times each episode 😄.
Indimellem kommer hun med et par underfundige observationer, men oftest siger hendes betragtninger vist en hel del mere om hende selv end om danskerne - et folkefærd hun i øvrigt mener ligner de andre skandinaver mindre end vi ligner tyskerne...
Right on spot and very entertaining!
Having lived in Denmark for almost 5 years I can totally agree with everything in this podcast. It's fun, it's informative and gives you a good perspective on Danish culture and society that you probably haven't considered. Recommend it for both foreigners and Danes.