Living in Denmark

How to bring hygge into your life

Nowadays, Denmark has an economy which is mostly service-based. The social security system is comprehensive and the countries' employment rate is very high. Scandinavian countries in general have the reputation of being very costly. This is also true for Denmark, but only partly – compared to its neighbours Sweden and Norway and also in comparison to its former colony Iceland, prices are not as high. The rent in some of the Danish cities are not even as high as those in Germany, for example. On the other hand, the costs for staples or alcohol are fairly steep.

About Denmark

Denmark's history is closely connected with the history of the Vikings. In the 9th and 10th century, these famous raiders pillaged many villages and townships in northern Europe, but also roamed far and wide into more remote regions like Eastern Europe. In the centuries after, Denmark was in league with both Norway and Sweden, but at some point, each country became its own and independent nation.
What does the land of hygge look like? The largest part of the Danish territory is the peninsula called Jutland which borders Germany to the South. Aside from that, Denmark has 74 inhabited islands. The biggest of those are Zealand where the capital Copenhagen is located, and Funen, the island where Odense, the third-largest city in the whole country, lies.
Let us take a closer look at the concept of hygge. What is hygge? Hygge could be translated to cosiness, but that is only a rough translation. Hygge basically encompasses many things which contribute to a person's well-being. This could also be friends and family, so it is much more than just the cosy feeling that you have when you sit in a comfortable armchair by the fireside in wintertime.

Study in Denmark

Studying in Denmark has a lot of advantages. The study conditions there are excellent. The groups for courses and lectures are quite small which contributes to an intimate learning atmosphere (again, very hygge) and you will acquire new knowledge quite quickly. Furthermore, like Scandinavian schools in general, the universities are well equipped with materials and up-to-date technology. If you are a graduate from a Danish university, you have all the chances you wish for on foreign job markets since their reputation is splendid. As already mentioned above, your English skills will also skyrocket during the years you study in Denmark. Can I study anything I like in Denmark? The answer is yes. Everyone will be able to find a suitable study program as they cover all field of interests; so whether it is linguistics, geology or international business administration, Denmark has got you covered. Do you already have an appropriate course in mind?

The Danish language: how best to tackle Dansk

Denmark has an unusually high proficiency in English. In general, the citizens of the Scandinavian countries speak English very well, and Denmark is no exception. So in order to get by in Denmark, you do not really need to learn the Danish language unless it is required for your job. However, the Danish language is beautiful and you might feel the urge to be able to hold a conversation in Danish. How best to approach this? Danish, like its close Scandinavian relatives Swedish and Norwegian, is not very difficult compared to other languages. There are no cases for nouns, and verbs are not conjugated within a tense. For instance, the Danish verb (to go) is går for all persons in the present tense, no matter who is going; you, me, we, or they. You can already see that it should be relatively easy to learn. So why not take a Danish course and give it a try so that you know how to inflect the word hygge? This way, you could even kill two birds with one stone. Improve your English whilst acquiring a second language, too.

Jobs in Denmark

The Danish job market is very stable and the unemployment rate is comparatively low, which is typical of Scandinavia. Highly qualified people from abroad have quite a good chance of finding a suitable workplace in Denmark. However for this purpose, it would be definitely advantageous to speak at least some basic Danish. Some companies do business internationally and for this kind of work Danish is not required, so if you do not fancy learning the local language, you could keep an eye out for these sorts of opportunities. The strongest sectors of the Danish economy are maritime shipping, pharmaceuticals, interior design, agriculture and clothing, amongst others. Temporary work has also become quite popular in recent years and there are a lot of agencies furthering this sort of employment. Check our magazine for tips on searching for a job in Denmark.