Life as an international in Denmark, one of the world's most homogenous countries, isn't always easy. In Denmark’s longest-running English-language podcast, Kay Xander Mellish, an American who has lived in Denmark for more than a decade, offers tips for enjoying your time in “the world’s happiest country” plus insights on Danish culture and how to build friendships with Danes.
On the Road in Denmark: Esbjerg, Ribe, and Fanø
When I mentioned going to Esbjerg for a few days off this spring, many of my friends in Copenhagen said - why? Esbjerg doesn’t have a reputation as a vacation spot, even though its fifth-largest city in Denmark and the youngest big city.
For Copenhagen snobs, Esbjerg is a fishing town, which it was 50 years ago but isn’t really anymore. It’s an oil and wind energy town, industrial but very modern.
All that energy money makes for great museums, and Esbjerg is a great base for exploring Ribe and
Saving money in Denmark: How to get around for less
No matter what the tourist brochures suggest, you probably won’t go *everywhere* on a bike in Denmark. And along with food and housing, getting around is a big part of the cost of living in Denmark. Here are a few tips to save money on trains, buses, cars, and even bike maintenance.
Saving money on food in Denmark
Anyone who has spent time living in Denmark knows that it’s one of the most expensive countries around. That’s true when it comes to food shopping, too.
But there are a few creative ways to save money on food in Denmark.
Danes hate food waste, so the prices of some food in grocery stores actually drops near the end of the day or right before the item's expiration date.
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?
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Wow en latterlig kommentar, tror vist du projekterer.
Elsker det her podcast, man lærer en masse om den danske kultur som jeg aldrig have tænkt på.
Really like the On the Road concept. Been here 15 years but never to Esbjerg; now on my list. Would like to hear about more interesting spots.
You are right in all comments. Very funny observations. I hear several times each episode 😄.