Living in Denmark
Denmark is a country in Scandinavia. It is located to the southwest of Sweden, south of Norway, and to the east of United Kingdom. Jutland Peninsula, a large part of Denmark shares a land border with Germany to the south.
Denmark comprises of more than 400 islands and most of the population live on these islands.
Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark which has about 25% of the country’s total population.
The work culture of Denmark is quite different from that of UK. The Danish work culture is of a flat structure. It is very informal and there is an absence of hierarchy. Employees call each other by their first names and everyone has an equal say in meetings.
Expats might find this a little odd in the beginning but would later tend to appreciate this friendly environment.
Language is another issue expats may have to deal with. Although Danes can speak fluent English, it’s better that expats learn a bit of Danish. This will help expats to mingle around with Danes and integrate with them socially.
Expats may find the quality of life in Denmark to be fascinating. Denmark is also known to be one of the happiest countries in the world.
Although you have to pay high taxes here, expats still come here because they find social stability, great education and healthcare systems, flawless transportation systems, splendid parks and gardens etc.
Politics in Denmark
The Danish government is formed by a multi-party structure, where several parties are represented in the parliament and elections are conducted every four years. Denmark is a constitutional monarchy.
Queen Margrethe II is the head of the state since 1972 and the prime minister is elected every four years.
Danish governments are often formed by minority parties with the help of one or more supporting parties. The constitution of Denmark was adopted in 1849 which forms the framework of the democracy in the country. It protects the political and civil rights of citizens such as freedom of expression.
Economy of Denmark
Denmark has a modern market economy which has a high-tech agricultural sector, world-class firms in pharmaceuticals and shipping etc. It is majorly dependent on foreign trade and is a exporter of food, oil and gas. It also imports a large quantity of raw materials for the manufacturing sector.
Denmark is a part of European Union and it lives up to the standard of EU.
In 2007 with the end of the housing boom, there was a bit of recession in here but the economy has gradually overcome this downswing. Today, Danes have a high standard of living and the Danish economy is known for welfare measures and equal distribution of income.
Buying and Renting Property in Denmark
It is comparatively easy for a EU national to buy property in Denmark as they do not need to obtain permission from the Ministry of Justice. On the contrary Non-nationals do need to take this permission in order to buy a property here. They also need to confirm that the property would be used as a personal residence throughout the year.
Most of the people in Denmark find their property with the help of an estate agent and also use a solicitor to complete the legal process of buying. Generally this process of buying can take several months.
Renting a property in Denmark is far more easy than buying it.
This is also why expats mostly prefer to rent a property here. Property can be expensive at places like Copenhagen, but they are way cheaper than that of other European cities. Accommodation in Denmark is of a very high standard.
People may mostly find apartments blocks in cities and houses in the suburbs. Once you find an accommodation to rent you can sign a tenancy agreement. Tenants need to live at the property for 180 days in a year.
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Schools in Denmark
The standard of education in Denmark is high. Most of the parents enroll their children in municipality schools which is free of charge for children between 6 and 16 legally residing in the country. Schools in Denmark start early in the morning at around 8 am and go on till the afternoon.
Even though many expats don’t know the Danish language, they can enroll their children in schools. Schools especially offer Danish lessons and culture courses to such expats. Denmark has private and international schools too.
Very few expats choose these schools over municipality schools for their children.
Private schools are self-governing bodies and are based on certain philosophies or religious beliefs. There is also a growing number of international schools. These schools are an attraction for the expats. They mostly teach in English. Only a few teach in German and French.
Weather of Denmark
Denmark has four seasons - Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. The spring months are April and May when the climate is mild. The hottest months are June, July and August. Autumn lasts from September to November and is very rainy and cloudy during this time.
Winter starts in December and lasts till march. This is when the climate is cold. It may even snow during this time.
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