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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.

How to Live in Denmark Kay Xander Mellish

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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.

    Debt in Denmark

    Debt in Denmark

    January, February, and March are some of the dreariest months in Denmark – it’s dark, with no Christmas lights to pep it up – and many people are dealing with a heavy load of year-end debt from traveling, parties, dining out, and gifts.
    Along with religion, personal finance is a topic that is rarely discussed in Denmark. But the country has one of the highest rates of household debt in the world. 
    And once you get into debt in Denmark, it can be very difficult to get out.
     
    Mortgages, credit cards, text-message loans
    Much of the debt in Denmark is mortgage debt, since buying a home has tax advantages and prices in the big cities are six times what they were 20 years ago.

    • 6 min
    Making Danish friends: A few tips based on experience

    Making Danish friends: A few tips based on experience

    If you’re newly arrived in Denmark, making Danish friends is not easy – in fact, surveys show that one of the main reasons internationals end up leaving is the difficulty of building a network.

    The irony is that Danes are actually very good at friendship. Their friendships are strong, reliable, and deep-rooted. Friends can count on each other.

    But because Danes take friendships so seriously, they don’t want to take on more friends than they can keep their deep commitment to.

    • 7 min
    Nudity in Denmark: The naked truth

    Nudity in Denmark: The naked truth

    The relaxed approach to nudity in Denmark can be a surprise for many newcomers.

    It’s something they’re often confronted with at the local swimming hall, where a very large and strong attendant insists that they take off their entire swimsuit and shower thoroughly before going into the pool.

    Stripping off in front of strangers is new for a lot of internationals, and some try to place it a larger context of Danish morality.

    • 5 min
    Politeness in Denmark: Some thoughts on Danish etiquette

    Politeness in Denmark: Some thoughts on Danish etiquette

    “Is there politeness in Denmark?” 

    That was the question I was recently invited on a national TV show to discuss.

    The implication was that I was supposed to say that Danes were not at all polite, because effusive praise and cheerful agreement make for a rather dull TV show.

    But Danes are not impolite. They have their own version of courteous behaviour, which is based on reinforcing aspects of their culture that they care about.

    • 5 min
    What I say when I'm welcoming newcomers to Denmark

    What I say when I'm welcoming newcomers to Denmark

    One of my favorite types of speaking engagement is introducing Denmark to some of the smart, motivated young people arriving from around the world to study at Danish universities.

    Since the publication of my first book, How to Live in Denmark, I’ve been speaking regularly to audiences of new arrivals, and I probably learn as much from them as they learn from me.

    One of the things I’ve learned is that the aspects of Danish culture that the Danes are most proud of can be troublesome for newcomers.

    • 7 min
    Summer Vacation in Denmark: The Agony and the Ecstasy

    Summer Vacation in Denmark: The Agony and the Ecstasy

    Planning your summer vacation in Denmark is like playing the lottery. You could hit it lucky, with golden days and long, warm evenings, when you can sit with friends in the soft light and drink hyldeblomst cocktails.

    Or you could get grey day after grey day, interspersed with a little rain whenever it is least convenient. The weather could be chilly, leaving your cute new summer clothes to sit disappointed in your closet while you wear your boring long trousers again and again.

    • 4 min

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