About

It began in August 2010. I had just finished business school and had been interested in finding employment in Europe for several months. Then the Greek Sovereign Debt crisis hit, undermining Europe’s economic recovery. With the Canadian economy humming along, I took a pragmatic approach and focused my attention there. And then it happened; an innocuous e-mail inquiring if I would be interested in a job in Copenhagen, Denmark. This is a chronicle of my journey living and working among the Danes.

7 Responses to About

  1. Hello! I quite enjoy your blog, it is incredibly helpful and interesting! I am a Canadian from Ontario who will be moving to Denmark in May. Have you met any other Canadians in Denmark?

    • It depends on where you will be living. There are a number of Canadians (including myself) living in the Copenhagen area but I haven’t gone out of my way to find them. There is a large expat community so you will meet lots of native English speakers (Americans, Brits). Here is a link to a Canadian social group I am aware of (although have never really particpated in) http://allcanuck.dk/

  2. M-C says:

    Hi, This is a great blog! Thank you for sharing all of your experiences!
    We are Canadian and we just moved here last summer. Indeed lots of expats here. My kids attend CIS (Copenhagen International School grade 7 and 9) and they have lots of friends from all over the world. Great, amazing experiences for them and for my husband and I as well. I also love the fact that we don’t really need to speak Danish because it’s not a very easy language to learn 🙂
    Question for you, we have friends coming end of May and they love fishing and the outdoor. Do you have any locations to suggest either in Denmark, Norway or Sweden for either a day trip or up to 3 days? Thank you in advance for your help.
    Regards,
    Marie-Claude

    • Hi Marie Claude,

      Yes, I have an extensive network of expat friends and Danes are fine to speaking our English (at a much higher level then we will ever speak Danis!).
      Regarding fishing, I am not sure what options there are here in DK. For hiking and perhaps some sea fishing, you could look at the Kullaberg peninsula which is 25km north of Helsingor/Helsingborg in Sweden (I posted on it a year and a half ago; very beautiful). There also may be some fishing options further north towards Gothenberg.

      For 3 days, I would highly recommend going to Fjord Norway; probably the most beautiful place in the world and end of May is typically the best weather (with super long days). You can either fly into Bergen or Stavenger with lots of hiking, fishing, kayaking options open for everyone.

      From your name, I assume you are Quebecoise? I lived in Montreal for almost 10 years before moving to Copenhagen.

      • M-C says:

        Hi,
        I’ll look at your blog archive. Oui je suis Quebecoise 🙂 Originally from Quebec city but I moved to Kingston Ontario after University.
        Thanks for the quick reply and the great tips! Will help us out for sure.
        We have done some other close countries around already but we do want to take advantage of being here to discover the Scandinavian countries too!
        Cheers,
        M-C

  3. Bhinesha says:

    Hello,
    I really appreciate that you have this blog up, it is indeed very helpful. My name is Bhinesha, and I am originally from Mauritius, but living in Montreal for the past 11 years. I am interested in doing the Working Holiday program of 1 year for Canadians, and one of my country of interest is Denmark (debating between Denmark and Belgium). The program allows to work for 6 months in Denmark, and I wanted your feedback regarding finding a job in Denmark. If I dont speak Danish, how easy is it to find a job there? (any small job to pay for my expenses there would be good). Is it easy to get around and meet people and make friends? And I suppose that if I want to step out of Denmark to go to the other European countries, then I would need a Schengen visa?

    Thank you so much for your help.
    Bhinesha

    • Hi Bhinesha,

      English is spoken widely in Denmark but you will be at a significant disadvantage and maybe unqualified for some service jobs if you don’t speak Danish. Your best chance of finding a job would be in the major urban centers with Copenhagen by far the largest although you may also want to look at Aarhus and Odense.

      Denmark is part of the Schengen common border agreement so if they approve for you to come on a Working Holiday, you will be able to travel freely to other Schengen countries. Note that the UK and Ireland and a number of Eastern European countries are not part of Schengen but you should have not problem travelling there from DK if you are travelling under a Canadian passport.

      Regarding socializing, Danes have a tendency to have a small, tight network of friends and I think some expats find it difficult to break into this circle. This can be assisted if you join clubs (ie, athletic) or have other social venues to get to known them. There is also a significant expat community so you shouldn’t run into too many problems developing friendships is you are proactive and take the initiative.

      Kind regards

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