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The Global Denmark Podcast explores important issues and ideas about Denmark in a global context.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

The Global Denmark Podcast explores important issues and ideas about Denmark in a global context.

    Helle Østergaard Kristiansen

    Helle Østergaard Kristiansen

    Our guest in this episode was named one of the 30 most influential women in global business by Forbes Magazine.
    Her name is Helle Østergaard Kristiansen, and at 43 she is the CEO of Danske Commodities, a 15-year old energy trading company that has become a major player in international energy trading.
    We talked to Helle about what energy trading is all about, why it matters so much in the green transition and what it means to be the only woman in an industry that is overwhelmingly dominated by men.  Helle shares her thoughts on leadership, lessons to and from Denmark and the important lessons she’s learned from one of her biggest idols…Pipi Longstocking.
    Listen in to learn more about one of Denmark’s most successful companies and one it’s most influential businesswomen.


    • 39 min
    Louise Overgaard

    Louise Overgaard

    Is technology a basic life skill? 
    In this episode we meet Louise Overgaard, the mastermind behind Coding Pirates. Louise is on a mission to help both children and adults better understand how technology is affection their lives.
    Louise argues that its a lot more than just programming. Understanding technology has become a basic life skill!
    Join us as we discuss digitalization, technology and coding pirates.

    • 35 min
    Majken Kalhave

    Majken Kalhave

    What do Oscar-winning films, sustainable furniture, and ostomy bags have in common? Majken Kalhave can tell you! 
    In this episode, we meet Majken Kalhave, she is the director of Creative Denmark and she is working to export Denmarks unique creative DNA to the world. But how do you sell something as abstract as creativity and why is Denmark creativity so unique anyway?
    ​We sat down with Majken to learn more.

    • 34 min


    In this episode, we meet three Danish startups with huge ambitions. Individually they are working to solve problems such as eradicating poverty, water shortage, and economic empowerment. Now they have joined forces, together with a  dozen other Danish SME's, to create TechVelopment. 
    In this episode we discuss Danish innovation and entrepreneurship, the goals behind TechVelopment, and making a positive impact on the future.

    • 32 min
    Espresso Series pt.3

    Espresso Series pt.3

    In recent months, we at the Global Denmark Podcast have followed three startup companies that are a part of Urbantech, a Copenhagen-based program that pairs small and large companies, which share a common ambition of creating more sustainable cities. 
    In this episode, the third in our Espresso Series on Urbantech, we speak with these startups about what, how, and why they do what they do and how this unique startup-corporate partnership has helped them.

    • 11 min
    Koen Bogers

    Koen Bogers

    What are some keys to be being a successful international leader in Denmark?
    Start with the newly appointed CEO of Stedin, former Managing Director, executive VP and global partner for Bloxhub.
    We discuss tips for international leaders working in Denmark, how to navigate  differing cultural power distances, how Denmark stacks up to the Netherlands and are Danes really direct.

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

bmmulhen ,

Captivating interview and conversation!

As a young American, the topics were especially relevant and captivating. I also live in Pennsylvania and just being in the area during the mid term elections was electric. It was exciting to see the energy and passion my fellow constituents were emanating for their particular legislative agendas.

I also agree with the statement that in a lot of ways Americans always chase contentment but don’t always know with clarity what that means.It’s interesting especially in the last twenty years young students have been told they have every opportunity to reach the stars (even written on chalk boards in middle school).

The statistics surrounding the mid term elections were certainly eye opening and educational. The 2020 election will definitely be an exciting and crucial time for our country and especially for our young people trying to find their way in an ever growing and changing landscape both politically and economically.

Thank you to all three of you for this look into ex patriot life and a rare view into America from the outside.

danieljmulhern ,

Excellent Interview - Solid Global Perspective

Great insight into the similarities and differences of the great nations of America and Denmark.

As an American, I really enjoyed my visit to Denmark and I found the people there to be very warm and helpful. I remember being lost at a train station and a Danish woman just told me to follow her to find my way back to the airport. I made my flight and avoided a lot of stress and delay (even though I got stuck in England due to a volcanic eruption). That was excellent ambassadorship! Love the Danes!

I really found the American “over-confidence” and “bragging” segment fascinating. Rufus really nailed the the pros (innovation, entrepreneurship, ambition, etc.) but also focused on the negatives (division, lack of social community, lack of contentment, etc.) Great life lessons!

His political commentary was well informed but one-sided. Rufus conveniently omitted (or glossed over) the Republican gains in the Senate during the mid-terms. He also focused on 3 states which felt a blue-ripple but neglected to mention big wins by the Republicans in Florida...a must win in 2020.

Overall awesome!! Rufus was excellent and funny. The hosts asked great questions and were engaging for the full hour.


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