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Life in Denmark

With this section, the International Staff Unit (ISU) wishes to help you settle by providing you with useful lifestyle “tools” about life in Denmark. The websites suggested here, are meant for all international staff regardless of if you are still considering to move, have just arrive, or have lived in Denmark for a while.

Learn while laughing about Danish culture

Learn while laughing about Danish culture

Learn from expat blogs and fun sites about Danish culture. These blogs and sites give insight into e.g. what is “hygge” and why is everyone talking about it or how to handle a Danish business meeting, etc.

  • My Danish Family is a blog by an expat mother living in Denmark. Her professional knowledge as a communication expert, unique skills in personal relationships and extended experience in Denmark can assist other families starting a new chapter in their lives here in Denmark.
  • How to live in Denmark is a humorous guide for foreigners and their Danish friends written by Kay Xander Mellish. She is a foreigner that has lived in Denmark for more than a decade and is an expert on Danish business culture.
  • Sage & Simple is a lifestyle blog written by an expat living in Denmark. It focuses on travel, small space and simple living, vegetarian cooking, and the experience of living in Denmark as a foreigner.
  • On this article from The Local Denmark you can read about the top 10 signs you have been in Denmark for too long.
  • The Copenhagen Tales shares personal stories but also provides relevant and helpful information to expats, both in Denmark and around the world.
  • Dejlige Days is a blog by an expat living in Denmark that shares thoughts on the uniques aspects of life in Copenhagen, as well as insider tips of places to go and great places to get a coffee.

Æ, Ø and Å in the Danish alphabet

Æ, Ø and Å in the Danish alphabet

Learning Danish before moving? Good idea! Danish is taught at several universities around the world. The Danish Cultural Institute also has branches abroad where Danish is taught. Danish Embassies and Consulates can also help put you in contact with activities relating to Denmark in your home country. For more help, see the list of all Danish Embassies.

Did you know? The Danish alphabet has 29 letters and uses the basic 26-letter Latin alphabet plus the three additional letters Æ, Ø, Å. Danish (Dansk) is one of the North Germanic languages (also called Scandinavian languages). The language is also used by the 50,000 Danes in the northern part of Germany, where it holds the status of a minority language.

Click here to find out how to learn Danish at Aalborg University!

What's going on in Denmark?

What's going on in Denmark?

In Denmark there are a number of options for those seeking news about Denmark in English.

The official website of Denmark

The official website of Denmark

This website offers information on country facts, society, and lifestyle in nine languages. Denmark.dk is Denmark’s official internet representative, edited by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark. One of the ambitions of the portal is to facilitate the gathering of information on Denmark, Danes and Danish customs for foreigners.

Large parts of Denmark.dk are comprised of information about important aspects of the Danish public sphere – art, politics, economy and history, for example.

Never trust Danish weather

Never trust Danish weather

There is no way to avoid the weather or avoid talking about it either. The following online forecast sites are available in English.

The international Municipalities’ services

The international Municipalities’ services

The International House North Denmark (Aalborg) and the International House Copenhagen both act as an "international one-stop-shop" for citizens, companies, and organisations.

At Newcomer Service in Esbjerg you can find guidance on matters such as housing, spouse job search, finding a babysitter, Danish culture, leisure activities, social networks, how to establish new network groups, guidance on the digital signature called NemID.

Are you learning Danish and want to practice it?

Are you learning Danish and want to practice it?

DR’s Ligetil: www.dr.dk/Ligetil. This website delivers news stories in Danish for beginners.